School Narrative

  • Mahwah Township Public School District (03-2900-050)


    Over 12 academic STEAM electives offered. Mobile App Design Team placed 1st at Pace University Mobile App Challenge.

    NJSIAA Football State Sectional, Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis, Wrestling, Boys Bowling, Boys Lacrosse Champions.

    Award winning music, theater, and visual arts programs, as well as NJ State Future Problem Solving Champions.


    Mahwah, derived from the Lenni Lenape mawewi, is a place where people & paths meet. Mahwah High School is the “meeting place” where various neighborhoods converge as one community.  Our mission is to ensure that rigorous and relevant curricula will pave the way for challenging & diverse opportunities for all students.  Small learning communities will be the vehicle through which we pursue our mission by focusing on strong relationships, learning preferences, performance levels, & interests. 

    Over sixty Mahwah High School students were recognized for their musical achievement through auditions & placement in the county, regional, and state groups. The remarkable musical theater production cast of “Sound of Music” received high praise from the school community. The Robotics Team 1672 participated in the local FIRST competition for the eleventh year. Future Problem Solving Team won the NJ Future Problem Solving State Bowl & qualified for the Future Problem Solving International Bowl.

    S.T.E.M. courses include: Computer Programming/Design, Interior & Structural Design using AutoCAD, Advanced Interior & Structural Design, Mobile App Design, Computer Animation 3-D, Humanoid Robotics, AP Computer Science A, Technology and Engineering Principles, Data Structures, Computer Modeling, STEAM Capstone Research/Internship, STEAM Design and Research.  This year we added several new electives to our program: Broadcast Journalism, Humanoid Robotics, AP Chinese & The Big History Project.

    Thunderbirds won Football NJSIAA State Sectional Champion, Girls Soccer Patriot Division & NJSIAA State Sectional Champions, Girls Tennis Patriot Division Champions, Wrestling Group C County Champions, Boys Bowling Patriot Division Champions, & Boys Lacrosse Jacobson Division Champions. 70 athletes were selected All-league First Team, 13 athletes were named All-County First Team Players, and 3 players to All State Team. 183 student-athletes earned Minds in Motion recognition.

    Our extra-curricular activities, musical opportunities, interscholastic athletics, and enrichment programs continue to provide students with diverse opportunities for exploring learning experiences and developing their talents.  Students are extremely active in such programs as athletic teams, volunteer work, community problem solving, environmental projects, dramatic productions, academic competitions, school publications, musical competitions, and class activities.

    Mahwah High School offers symphonic band, string orchestra, and choir during zero period prior to the school day to avoid conflicts with other academic courses. We offer SAT and ACT preparation course after the formal school day ends for interested students during the fall, winter, and spring.

    Mahwah High School has an outstanding staff of caring and dedicated individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty for every student entrusted into their care. Faculty members continue to take courses and workshops to further their expertise in content and pedagogy.  In-class support teachers & content area teachers have a common dedicated prep period scheduled each day. Content area teachers work in professional learning communities to create engaging lessons and common assessments.

    Our guidance department provides a plethora of information through Naviance and Facebook about the college admissions process, testing, and related guidance services available to students and parents.  In addition, parents and students can access all student information via the Realtime Parent and Student Portals. We have Intervention & Referral Service Team, full CST team, ESS therapeutic program, and ELL services available to students in need of these services.

    Parents and students can access student information including attendance, progress reports, report cards, course grades, activities, etc. via the Realtime Parent and Student Portals. The Home School Organization, various Boosters clubs, Special Education Parents Advisory Group, Mahwah Schools Foundation, and Mahwah Municipal Alliance work collaboratively to support academic and character education initiatives.

    Our centrally air conditioned high school has Wi-Fi access point in every classroom which allows us to use over 300 wireless laptops throughout the building for instructional purposes. Every classroom is equipped with a multimedia presentation system that is connected to the Internet. Our media center has a hub of 65 computer workstations that students and teachers may utilize before and after school, as well as during lunch and study hall periods.

    We are proud to announce that 97.3% of Mahwah High School’s senior class received diplomas.  Over 95.2% of our graduates went on to some form of higher education, 84.0% were accepted to four year colleges. Two percent of our graduates entered the United States Military. 

    Many of our students begin their post-secondary careers having already earned college credit through our partnerships with Ramapo College of New Jersey, Farleigh Dickenson University, Seton Hall University, and Bergen Community College. Others receive credit by scoring well on the Advanced Placement tests. 

    Last year Mahwah High School offered 22 Advanced Placement (AP) courses spread over seven major curricular areas. Two-hundred thirty-three students took five hundred thirteen AP Examinations in 24 subjects.   We are proud of our National Merit Scholarship Finalist, 8 National Merit Commended Students, 30 Presidential Education Recipients, 68 Seal of Bi-literacy candidates, 48 members of the National Honor Society, 31 Principal’s Award Recipients, 5 Platinum Thunderbird Scholars (all grades in all courses were greater than 90% for all four years at MHS), and 4 Presidential Fitness Award Recipients.

    U.P.S. volunteers help students improve their reading skills with one to one assistance in the classroom each week.  In addition, we continue to participate in a mentoring program with U.P.S. to facilitate and encourage life skills with at-risk students, both in and out of the classroom environment.  Further, we are implementing Effective Schools Solutions, a wrap-around program for at risk students who require therapeutic and academic support services within their home school.

    The Option Two programs include: Structured Learning Experience, a community service program, and co-curricular activities such as Marching Band, Jazz Band, Physical Education through athletic participation, Physical Education off campus, Capri Institute, and virtual distance learning programs.