A Message from Principal Gail Pawlikowski
John P. Stevens High School is a highly regarded public high school. Despite some unique challenges and conditions, John P. Stevens continues to succeed in sending 95% of its graduates to college. Serving a multi-cultural community, we are among the vanguard of large comprehensive high schools in New Jersey that educate children from widely diverse backgrounds. Although the diverse cultures, values, customs, languages, traditions and religious influences span a wide range, they merge here to form a colorful tapestry of educational experience.
Top Stevens’ graduates are regularly among those accepted to Ivy League Colleges and highly ranked universities. Our students annually receive millions of dollars in scholarship awards. The reputation of John P. Stevens High School is one that college admissions officers respect as they seek out our students. In national and state testing, J. P. Stevens has done remarkably well. Our SAT scores are outstanding. In the state HSPA, our scores ranked among the highest, yet we still strive for improvement, indicated by our School Level Plan and Accreditation for Growth goals of raising test scores. Consistently, we have a large number of students chosen as National Merit Semi-finalists. This, among other things, keeps J.P. Stevens ranked among the best high schools in the state.
Aside from being an academic powerhouse, J.P. Stevens is renowned for its programs in Music and the Fine Arts. Many of our students go on to careers as professional musicians, music educators, graphic designers, actors, and artists. J.P. Stevens High School continues to have the highest number of students named to the New Jersey Region and All-State Choirs and Bands. Additionally, our co-curricular program is without parallel. Many of our students hold national and state offices and many more receive recognition and earn awards and honors in regional and state competitions. In athletics, our students excel as well, competing in one of the most challenging conferences in New Jersey.
The Six Pillars of Character Education—caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness—are themes practiced throughout the year—in the classroom, on the playing field, during and after school. John P. Stevens High School takes pride in graduation well-rounded, productive citizens. John P. Stevens High School students continue to be inspired learners who strive to exceed the goals set for them by their teachers, administrators, and parents. Thus, our school level goals to continue improving testing results, to develop technological skills, and to reinforce positive character traits enable us to meet the challenges in the twenty-first century.