2017-2018 School Profile


Princeton High School reflects the lifestyle of a community that takes pride in its continuing tradition of academic and cultural achievement. The richness of our academic programs, alternative options, and extracurricular activities conveys our belief that learning extends beyond the classroom. Moreover, we encourage our students to view themselves as valuable citizens of this community of learning. 


The standards for curriculum and instruction at Princeton High School are aimed toward college preparation, with Accelerated, Advanced, and Advanced Placement courses available in all major disciplines. 


Princeton High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. It holds institutional memberships with the College Entrance Examination Board and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors.


PHS is proactive in sustaining a culture of learning and promoting academic integrity by implementing an academic honor code upheld by students and faculty.

Graduation Requirements

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of Mathematics (including Geometry)
  • One year of Health & Physical Education for each year enrolled (Driver’s Ed. is offered in grade 10)
  • Two years of United States History
  • One year of World History
  • One year of a World Language
  • Three years of Science (including Biology)
  • One year in Visual/Performing Arts 
  • One year in Practical Arts
  • Completion of Career Awareness/ Community Service
  • One semester of Financial Literacy
  • Proficiency in PARCC Testing
  • Participation in NJBCT 

GPA and Class Rank

Both weighted and unweighted grade point averages (GPAs) are calculated. Weighted grade point average (WGPA) is based on an open-ended scale beginning with 0.00 and having no ceiling. Only the final grade achieved in each course is issued to compute GPA and WGPA. All graded courses are used in the calculation of GPA and WGPA. A student’s cumulative GPA and WGPA are tabulated and posted on the permanent record at the conclusion of each school year. Princeton High School does not rank students. 

Weighted Courses

  • All courses taken at Princeton University
  • AP English III, IV
  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB, BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Italian
  • AP Japanese
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Mandarin
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics I & C
  • AP Spanish
  • AP Statistics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • Algebra II (accelerated)
  • Algorithms & Data Structure (accelerated)
  • Astronomy (accelerated)
  • Biology I (accelerated)
  • Chemistry I (accelerated)
  • Contemporary Economic Issues (accelerated)
  • Geometry (accelerated)
  • Intro to Computer Science Using Java (accelerated)
  • Multivariant Calculus and Linear Algebra (accelerated)
  • Object Oriented Prog. Using Java (accelerated)
  • Oceanography (accelerated)
  • Organic Chemistry (accelerated)
  • Pre -Calculus (accelerated)
  • Sociology (accelerated)
  • World Languages (all advanced courses – Spanish & French )

Grading Framework

A 93 -100
A - 90 -92
B+ 87 -89 B
83 -86
B - 80 -82
C+ 77 -79
C 73 -76
C - 70 -72
D+ 67 -69
D 63 -66
D - 60 -62
F 59 & below

Rank In Class

The academic environment in Princeton High School is very challenging and the majority of our students meet the challenge by earning exemplary grades. We believe that our students' levels of achievement are not equitably or fully communicated by this single-figure transcript statistic. Additionally, the comparisons among students inherent in rank-in-class calculations unnecessarily increase competition within the school. Therefore, Princeton High School does not report class rank. 


SAT Scores

Our students have been included in the highest SAT I groupings in the nation. 

Combined Mean Score: 1850
Critical Reading: 614
Writing: 623
Math: 613

National Merit Scholars

The Class of 2017 included 23 National Merit Semi-Finalists and 64 Commended Scholars. 


In May 2017, a total of 1,676 AP exams were administered to 707 PHS students.

  • 89% of the AP scores were 3 or higher.
  • 402 students received AP Scholars Awards
    • 214 were Scholars with Distinction
    • 88 were Scholars with Honor
    • 100 were Scholars
  • 55 PHS students qualified for the AP National Scholar Award


Princeton High School students are sought after by the most competitive colleges in the country. Members of the classes of 20 12, 20 1 3 , 20 1 4 and 2015 are in attendance at the following institutions: Rutgers University 102 Princeton University 67 New York University 24 Penn State University 21 Carnegie Mellon University 19 Franklin and Marshall College 16 University of Vermont 16

McGill University 15 Georgetown University 13 The George Washington University 13 University of Michigan 12 University of Pennsylvania 12 Lehigh University 11 Syracuse University 11 Boston University 10 Emory University 10 Temple University 10 University of Delaware 10 Cornell University 9 Drexel University 9 Northeastern University 9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 9 Tufts University 9 Tulane University 9 University of St. Andrews 9 Boston College 8 Bucknell University 8 Columbia University 8 Duke University 8 Gettysburg College 8 Rider University 8 Yale University 8 American University 7 Brown University 7 Johns Hopkins University 7 Lafayette College 7 University of Wisconsin, Madison 7 Villanova University 7 Sampling of 6 or Fewer Bowdoin College University of Chicago Colgate University Colorado College Dartmouth College Dickinson University Fordham University Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Maryland College Park University of Miami Oberlin College University of Pittsburgh Skidmore College Vassar College Vanderbilt University Wesleyan University