Mike Matyas


Welcome to Mendham High School and its proud tradition of excellence. Our mission is to provide a dynamic learning experience that promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility and passion for knowledge. "New Jersey Monthly" magazine ranked MHS #4 in its list of top public high schools in the state in 2014, and in the Top 50 in 2016.

2016 - 2017 marks the 20th year that the International Baccalaureate program is being offered to students. Completion of the 2-year program will lead to either a full diploma or certificate of accomplishment recognized internationally. 45 diplomas were awarded to members of the class of 2016 (an 87% success rate), with a 5.02 (out of a possible 7) the average score. 153 students sat for IB exams in the spring of 2016. In addition to the IB Diploma Program, MHS now offers the IB Career Program. The IBCP assists students in the development of a career vision and empowers them to succeed in future entry into the global economic workforce. Complementing the IB, 458 of our students were also involved in taking Advanced Placement exams. The average score in 16 subject areas of concentration was a 3.45 with 78% scoring a 3 or better. 131 students were designated as AP Scholars.

Standardized testing results for the Class of 2016 reflected mean SAT I scores of 570 (critical reading), 591 (math), and 561 (writing) for a total of 1722, well above the state and national average, with 83% of students participating. The ACT is growing in popularity with our students, the average score totaling 26.4 with 82% tested. Other academic achievements include: 1 National Merit Finalist and 20 National Merit Commended Scholars. 86% of our seniors are attending Four Year Colleges and 10% Two Year Colleges.

The Commitment to Growth thrives in a building where faculty members model the behavior of academics for life-long learning. 6 members of the faculty hold doctorate degrees, and 65% of the faculty have earned master's degrees. Teachers continue their training in the IB program. Throughout the year several faculty members attended subject-related seminars at institutes of higher learning or traveled abroad to enrich their professional knowledge.

Articulation in a 9-12 regional high school district is vital to success. There is ongoing communication with our sibling school, West Morris Central. Vertical articulation occurs with four elementary schools (Black River Middle School, Mendham Township Middle School, Mountain View School and St. Joseph School) to foster a K-12 curriculum and a smooth transition between 8th and 9th grades. Our counseling department have also instituted a Freshman Transition Program to help assimilate 9th graders into the school community.

Mendham High School distinguishes itself in the area of the fine and performing arts. Students in the music program distinguished themselves by being selected to All-State, All North Jersey Area and Region, All-Eastern and National competitions. Students may join band, orchestra or choir, and also jazz band, marching band, wind ensemble, show choir, select choir, quartets and string ensemble. Two dramatic productions are performed each school year (the fall drama/the spring musical) which are hugely successful. MHS has an outstanding art program taught by practicing artists. Students have enjoyed recognition in local, state and national competitions, with the band being invited to perform at The College of NJ as part of their recognition program of top bands in the state. A number of students have been awarded scholarships to some of the best art schools in the country.

2015-2016 was another successful year in Mendham's rich athletic history. Student participation was at an all-time high with 1,100 sports physicals processed by our health department. Many of these are multi-sport student-athletes. Almost all of our teams compete in the most challenging United Division of the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). Our teams posted winning records in almost every sport. Our Girls' Cross Country team won the Group 3 State Championship for the third time in the last four years. Boys' Soccer won the Group 3 State Championship for the first time in school history. We also won an NJAC Conference championship in Field Hockey. Both Boys' and Girls' Indoor Track won sectional championships. Softball won an NJAC Conference championship for the first time since 1987. All of our spring teams advanced to the state tournament. We offer 22 interscholastic sports with most having varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen levels. Over 65% of our student body is involved in our athletic program. We feel that athletics provides a large number of students to experience collaboration and lifelong learning in an environment outside of the classroom.

The activities program supports over 50 clubs from photography to technology. The largest and most popular being the Service Club, whose students are actively involved in volunteer work and fundraising for local charities. The Mock Trial team again distinguished itself by winning an 11th consecutive county championship and were fourth in the overall state championship. 

MHS enjoys a reputation for excellence in all areas. Its website (http://wmmhs.org) illustrates the educational diversity offered. It is a school in which inquiry is fostered, intellect is challenged, and skills for lifetime success are developed. District efforts in staff development, technology, and curriculum revision, coupled with motivated students, positive parents, dedicated teachers and administrators, will prepare the way for even stronger innovative educational programs in the 21st century.

65 East Main Street     Mendham, NJ 07945     p: (973) 543-2501     f: (973) 543-6950