Tenafly High School

Summary:

Tenafly High School is a public high school serving around 1,200 students in grades 9-12, located in the affluent town of Tenafly, New Jersey. The school is part of the highly-ranked Tenafly Public School District, which is ranked 22nd out of 615 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. Tenafly High School itself has consistently been ranked among the top high schools in New Jersey, currently holding the 38th spot out of 422 schools and a 5-star rating.

Tenafly High School's academic performance is truly exceptional, with students significantly outperforming state and district averages on standardized tests. In the 2022-2023 school year, 82% of 9th graders were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 52.1%. In Algebra I, 39% of 9th graders at Tenafly High School were proficient or better, more than double the state average of 19.2%. The school also excels in higher-level math, with 93.7% of 9th graders proficient or better in Algebra II, compared to the state average of 65.8%. Tenafly High School's exceptional graduation rate, ranging from 95.6% to 98.4% over the past five years, and low dropout rate, from 0.0% to 0.2%, further demonstrate its academic excellence.

Tenafly High School's student population is notably diverse, with a racial makeup of 51% White, 33.42% Asian, and 9.92% Hispanic. This diversity is in contrast to many nearby schools, such as Teaneck High School and Dwight Morrow High School/Academies@Englewood, which have more homogeneous student populations. Tenafly High School also excels in the performance of various student subgroups, ranking highly for both female and male students, as well as for Asian, Hispanic, and White student groups. The school's exceptional performance for English Language Learners and Special Education students further sets it apart from many of its regional counterparts.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 19 Columbus Drive
       Tenafly, NJ  07670


(201) 816-6614

District: Tenafly Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
38th of 422 New Jersey High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,703 Help


Feeder schools for Tenafly High School:

Elementary:    J Spencer Smith School
    Malcolm S Mackay School
    Ralph S Maugham School
    Walter Stillman School
Middle:    Tenafly Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.6 Help
Number of students:  1,200

Racial breakdown:

White:
51.0%
Asian:
33.4%
Hispanic:
9.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  2.7% Help


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Compare Details Tenafly High School ranks better than 91% of high schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 83.2. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Tenafly High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (51%), Asian (33.4%), Hispanic (9.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 2.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Tenafly High School is 11.6. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Tenafly High School is $11,703.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Tenafly High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Tenafly High School 38th of 422 New Jersey public high schools. (See Tenafly High School in the ranking list.)

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Tenafly Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Tenafly Public School District 22nd of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Tenafly High School

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Rank History for all students at Tenafly High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 86.75 19th 343 94.5%
2004 85.64 18th 348 94.8%
2005 83.26 21st 351 94.0%
2006 81.11 39th 357 89.1%
2007 83.93 26th 361 92.8%
2008 81.86 37th 359 89.7%
2009 83.57 26th 370 93.0%
2010 82.34 28th 371 92.5%
2011 77.49 68th 378 82.0%
2012 80.44 38th 388 90.2%
2013 79.62 40th 396 89.9%
2014 79.15 41st 411 90.0%
2015 61.70 80th 406 80.3%
2016 67.03 66th 409 83.9%
2017 78.47 41st 411 90.0%
2018 81.22 37th 415 91.1%
2019 80.14 43rd 416 89.7%
2021 85.85 24th 405 94.1%
2022 81.36 42nd 415 89.9%
2023 83.20 38th 422 91.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Tenafly High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.38 4th 146 97.3%
2019 97.42 7th 138 94.9%
2021 96.32 3rd 101 97.0%
2022 99.23 4th 137 97.1%
2023 98.88 3rd 161 98.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Tenafly High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.97 21st 355 94.1%
2019 97.47 4th 349 98.9%
2021 93.46 4th 333 98.8%
2022 89.13 12th 344 96.5%
2023 97.14 7th 339 97.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Tenafly High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.60 54th 403 86.6%
2019 81.92 35th 408 91.4%
2021 86.74 21st 402 94.8%
2022 75.38 44th 414 89.4%
2023 74.02 45th 416 89.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Tenafly High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.58 47th 405 88.4%
2019 81.71 37th 407 90.9%
2021 85.49 27th 402 93.3%
2022 84.95 30th 410 92.7%
2023 84.71 27th 414 93.5%
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Rank History for Asian students at Tenafly High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.78 56th 198 71.7%
2019 54.17 82nd 191 57.1%
2021 68.50 34th 165 79.4%
2022 62.72 50th 175 71.4%
2023 67.42 36th 172 79.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Tenafly High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.18 42nd 368 88.6%
2019 77.00 47th 364 87.1%
2021 77.01 45th 374 88.0%
2022 90.34 18th 382 95.3%
2023 81.56 36th 385 90.6%
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Rank History for White students at Tenafly High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.55 50th 340 85.3%
2019 77.60 31st 339 90.9%
2021 70.59 38th 336 88.7%
2022 81.25 25th 335 92.5%
2023 75.35 40th 335 88.1%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Tenafly High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 719 5 159 8 0 n/a n/a 0 891
1989 635 12 184 13 0 n/a n/a 0 844
1990 630 8 192 17 0 n/a n/a 0 847
1991 573 6 222 24 0 n/a n/a 0 825
1992 564 6 231 24 0 n/a n/a 0 825
1993 553 7 242 26 0 n/a n/a 0 828
1994 536 8 258 27 0 n/a n/a 0 829
1995 531 16 288 36 0 n/a n/a 0 871
1996 531 16 288 36 0 n/a n/a 0 871
1998 590 13 287 29 0 n/a n/a 0 919
1999 604 20 168 35 119 n/a n/a 0 946
2000 597 13 286 30 0 n/a n/a 0 926
2001 578 15 287 35 0 n/a n/a 0 915
2002 596 11 269 36 0 n/a n/a 0 912
2003 596 11 269 36 0 n/a n/a 0 912
2004 614 12 286 39 0 n/a n/a 0 951
2005 621 10 303 33 0 n/a n/a 0 967
2006 640 8 309 34 1 n/a n/a 0 992
2007 649 12 350 41 0 n/a n/a 0 1052
2008 682 16 390 50 0 n/a n/a 0 1138
2009 706 18 396 50 0 0 0 0 1170
2010 730 19 440 49 0 0 2 0 1240
2011 723 19 443 50 0 0 4 0 1239
2012 728 23 426 48 0 0 6 0 1231
2013 718 23 417 52 0 1 9 0 1220
2014 708 20 360 63 0 1 8 0 1160
2015 717 17 354 61 0 1 8 0 1158
2016 701 14 353 67 0 1 12 0 1148
2017 712 14 349 74 0 0 12 0 1161
2018 732 19 360 67 0 0 15 0 1193
2019 736 19 374 69 1 2 25 0 1226
2020 732 21 370 86 1 1 35 0 1246
2021 696 21 377 94 1 1 41 0 1231
2022 646 16 393 116 1 0 56 0 1228
2023 612 15 401 119 0 0 52 1 1200

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Tenafly High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 891 72.0 12.3 n/a
1989 844 70.0 12.0 n/a
1990 847 66.0 12.8 1.5
1991 825 60.0 13.7 0.1
1992 825 58.0 14.2 0.6
1993 828 63.2 13.1 0.5
1994 829 64.0 13.0 1
1995 871 67.8 12.8 0.8
1996 871 67.8 12.8 0.8
1998 919 80.2 11.5 0.5
1999 946 82.3 11.5 0.7
2000 926 83.5 11.1 1
2001 915 86.3 10.6 1.5
2002 912 85.4 10.7 0.9
2003 912 85.4 10.7 0.9
2004 951 87.6 10.9 0.5
2005 967 88.4 10.9 n/a
2006 992 90.6 10.9 0.5
2007 1052 86.0 12.2 0.4
2008 1138 98.0 11.6 1.1
2009 1170 100.0 10.0 1.2
2010 1240 92.0 13.4 1.8
2011 1239 86.5 14.3 1.8
2012 1231 102.8 11.9 2.4
2013 1220 99.3 12.2 3.2
2014 1160 100.3 11.5 3.5
2015 1158 102.0 11.3 3.3
2016 1148 102.0 11.2 3.2
2017 1161 102.6 11.3 2.6
2018 1193 104.7 11.3 3
2019 1226 103.9 11.7 3
2020 1246 97.9 12.7 1.8
2021 1231 104.6 11.7 1.6
2022 1228 109.5 11.2 1.8
2023 1200 103.3 11.6 2.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Tenafly High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 891 72.0 12.3 n/a
1989 844 70.0 12.0 n/a
1990 847 66.0 12.8 1.5
1991 825 60.0 13.7 0.1
1992 825 58.0 14.2 0.6
1993 828 63.2 13.1 0.5
1994 829 64.0 13.0 1
1995 871 67.8 12.8 0.8
1996 871 67.8 12.8 0.8
1998 919 80.2 11.5 0.5
1999 946 82.3 11.5 0.7
2000 926 83.5 11.1 1
2001 915 86.3 10.6 1.5
2002 912 85.4 10.7 0.9
2003 912 85.4 10.7 0.9
2004 951 87.6 10.9 0.5
2005 967 88.4 10.9 n/a
2006 992 90.6 10.9 0.5
2007 1052 86.0 12.2 0.4
2008 1138 98.0 11.6 1.1
2009 1170 100.0 10.0 1.2
2010 1240 92.0 13.4 1.8
2011 1239 86.5 14.3 1.8
2012 1231 102.8 11.9 2.4
2013 1220 99.3 12.2 3.2
2014 1160 100.3 11.5 3.5
2015 1158 102.0 11.3 3.3
2016 1148 102.0 11.2 3.2
2017 1161 102.6 11.3 2.6
2018 1193 104.7 11.3 3
2019 1226 103.9 11.7 3
2020 1246 97.9 12.7 1.8
2021 1231 104.6 11.7 1.6
2022 1228 109.5 11.2 1.8
2023 1200 103.3 11.6 2.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Tenafly High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $01 (0.0%) $11,702 (100.0%) $11,703

Data source: New Jersey Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Tenafly High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 43rd of 416 High schoolsRanks 38th of 422 High schools
 1.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
9th Grade English Language Arts (Tenafly High School)8482
 2%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (Tenafly Public School District)8482
 2%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)55.952.1
 3.8%
9th Grade Algebra I (Tenafly High School)42.739
 3.7%
   9th Grade Algebra I (Tenafly Public School District)42.739
 3.7%
   9th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)27.219.2
 8%
9th Grade Geometry (Tenafly High School)79.888.3
 8.5%
   9th Grade Geometry (Tenafly Public School District)79.888.3
 8.5%
   9th Grade Geometry (New Jersey)59.150
 9.1%
9th Grade Algebra II (Tenafly High School)97.293.7
 3.5%
   9th Grade Algebra II (Tenafly Public School District)97.293.7
 3.5%
   9th Grade Algebra II (New Jersey)77.665.8
 11.8%
End of Course Algebra I (Tenafly High School)4438.4
 5.6%
   End of Course Algebra I (Tenafly Public School District)78.574.1
 4.4%
   End of Course Algebra I (New Jersey)43.335.1
 8.2%
End of Course Geometry (Tenafly High School)64.688.3
 23.7%
   End of Course Geometry (Tenafly Public School District)74.291.5
 17.3%
   End of Course Geometry (New Jersey)32.251.2
 19%
End of Course Algebra II (Tenafly High School)83.793.7
 10%
   End of Course Algebra II (Tenafly Public School District)84.293.7
 9.5%
   End of Course Algebra II (New Jersey)56.361.7
 5.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students12261200
 2.1%
African American1915
 21.1%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian374401
 7.2%
Hispanic69119
 72.5%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White736612
 16.8%
Two or More Races2552
 108%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3%2.7%
 0.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Tenafly High School

Yes. Tenafly High School ranks in the top 9.0% of New Jersey high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,200 students attended Tenafly High School.

Tenafly High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : J Spencer Smith School
Elementary : Malcolm S Mackay School
Elementary : Ralph S Maugham School
Elementary : Walter Stillman School
Middle : Tenafly Middle School

Students at Tenafly High School are 51% White, 33% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 1% African American.


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