As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 831 students and 59.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.87:1. There were 663 students (79.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 33 (4.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was the 310th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 291st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 314th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 296th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 312th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Malcolm X Shabazz has scored 20.4 and 46.1 in the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) test results in the subjects of math and language arts respectively.
The Malcolm X Shabazz High School Bulldogs compete in the Super Essex Conference, which includes schools in Essex County and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 470 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 61 to 478 students in that grade range. The school had previously participated in the Watchung Conference, which included high schools in Essex County, Hudson County and Union County in northern New Jersey.
^Araton, Harvey. "High School Foes Form a Family at Rutgers", The New York Times, April 3, 2007. Accessed August 16, 2012. "“Don’t you want to be able to look up in the stands and see your mom?” Carson, from Paterson’s Rosa Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts (for academics and music) and Paterson Eastside (for basketball) asked Ajavon, from Newark’s Malcolm X. Shabazz."
^Grimes, William. "Vivian Blaine, the First Adelaide In 'Guys and Dolls,' Is Dead at 74", The New York Times, December 14, 1995. Accessed August 16, 2012. "Ms. Blaine was born in Newark. Originally her last name was Stapleton. While she was still in elementary school, her father, a theatrical agent, booked $1-a-night singing dates for her at nightclubs, company parties and police benefits. At 14 she began singing with the Halsey Miller Orchestra, and after graduating from Southside High School went on the road with little-known bands."