As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,152 students and 83.3 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 13.8.
Hopewell Valley Central High School provides a curriculum that is broad, diversified and comprehensive, allowing students to structure their own challenges. HVCHS encourages high expectations and achievement.
The Class of 2004’s average SAT scores of Verbal 560 and Math 578 were significantly higher than state and national averages. The Class of 2004 SAT participation rate of 89% reflects an inclusive approach to testing. In 2002, SAT II subject area tests were taken in 8 subjects. Students performed exceptionally well in Physics (694 mean score) and Math IIC (682 mean score). On Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams, 121 students took 218 exams, with 89% of the exams receiving 3 or better (out of 5).
The Class of 2004 had three National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists, twelve commended scholars, and one National Achievement Scholarship Qualifier. Our high-performing, high-achieving students are well-rounded. The breadth and diversity of courses prepare HVCHS students for the future, providing a broad background in technology, visual, performing and practical arts, and a solid academic grounding.
• Language Arts: Several HVCHS students have won prestigious awards this year such as the Brown Book Award, the Bryn Mawr Book Award, the Williams Book Award, and one of two awards at the McCarter YouthInk! playwriting competition.
In regional and national competitions, the band, choir, and orchestra have been recognized for excellence. Most notably, the choir program has received top ratings at these festivals since 2002 and was selected for the 2006 National Choral Invitational Festival of Gold in New York City. Recently, the choirs were treated to a one-week workshop with renowned choral composer Stephen Hatfield.
There is a three-year, sequential, curricular program in theater arts offered at the high school.
Graduates of Hopewell's Performing Arts programs have gone on to major in the various performing arts fields at St. Olaf College, New York University's Steinhardt Conservatory of Music and Tisch School of the Arts, Oberlin College, Indiana University, Berklee College of Music, Westminster Choir College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, McGill University's Schulich School of Music, Rutgers University and Mason Gross School of the Arts.
HVCHS students participate in an extensive range of extracurricular programs. Over 60% of students participate in Athletics. The athletic program offers 22 sports.
In 2003-2004 Hopewell Valley Central High School teams won six Patriot Division Championships, two Mercer County Championships, and the Group II Winter Track Relay State Championship. Championship teams included Boys Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis, Girls Basketball and Girls Track and Field. In addition, the CHS 4X4 relay team won the championship at the 2003 Penn Relays. The 2006 Girls' softball team won the Mercer County Tournament.
The 2005 Varsity Soccer Team went were co-champions of Mercer County, went undefeated in the CVC, won their division, won the Group III Sectional Title with a 2-1 win over Monroe Township High School and lost 3-2 in overtime to Ocean City High School in the State Semi-Finals. They were ranked 13th in the state at the end of the year. Matt Lanouette and Andrew Juiliano received Second Team All-State recognition.
But perhaps arguably the best Varsity Soccer Team in school history, aside from the 1985 State Champion Team led by Mark Gola, was the 2001 State Runner-up Team which went 21-2-1. The team was led by an array of players who gave equal and consistent contribution throughout the season. Steve Berei, Donald Giovacchinni, and Emeka Ogbonna received All-State honors.
The Men's Cross Country Team went undefeated in Mercer County, won the Mercer County Championship, won the Central Jersey State Championship, and placed second at the Group 3 State Meet. The Women's Cross Country Team also went undefeated in the county, placed second in the Mercer County Championship, and was first at the Central Jersey State Championship.
The 2007 girls lacrosse team South, Group II state sectional championship with a 15-7 win over Camden Catholic High School.
However, the Bulldogs were able to successfully start their season after 70 years without football. Their 2004 season ended with an 0-10 record. The next year they improved to 1-9. The 2006 season was had the Bulldogs going 3-6, and tying for the Colonial Valley Conference Patriot Division title with Ewing High School and West Windsor Plainsboro North. The 2007 season was the most successful for a Hopewell Varsity football team, going 5-4, and again tying for the Patriot Division title.
The school was the 39th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 314 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 59th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.