by Susan McLaughlin, November 1, 2013
Half of the Top Ten high schools in New Jersey by SAT scores are in Monmouth County and are available free to all students.
This is a remarkable accomplishment, given that there are 21 counties in the state. The Monmouth County Vocational School District is redefining public school education for the twenty-first century.
Old perceptions are that the top schools are only available to the privileged who can pay tuition at the best schools or who live in wealthy districts, but applications to these academies are open to all students in the county.
- Topping the list as the #1 High School in the state is High Technology High School with an average SAT score of 2153. Located on the campus of Brookdale Community College, High Technology High School is a specialized school that emphasizes the disciplines of science, mathematics, and technology in support of its pre-engineering career focus. These students are launched into exceptional engineering programs at the finest universities in the country.
Accolades are nothing new for "High Tech High". Some other awards are:
Ranked #1 STEM High School in US News & World Report
Ranked #1 High School in the Northeast by Newsweek
Ranked #1 Vocational School in NJ by NJ Monthly
Project Lead the Way "School of Excellence"
- Biotechnology High School ranked next at #5, but was ranked by US News and World Report in 2013 as the #1 High School in New Jersey and the #8 high school in the United States. Biotechnology High School, an International Baccalaureate World School, integrates life sciences into a rigorous curriculum that inspires students toward open-minded participation in the global community and prepares students for higher education and leadership in an increasingly demanding workplace, through scholarly research, original investigations, and interactive partnerships. For more information, see http://www.bths.mcvsd.org/
- The Academy of Allied Health and Science ranked #6 in the state. The Academy of Allied Health and Science has a nationally recognized honors college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, and service learning, especially as those subjects apply to medicine and the health sciences. The Academy of Allied Health and Science prepares and motivates students to pursue further education towards a career in the medical sciences through a rigorous specialized curriculum and community based partnerships. For more information, see http://www.mcvsd.org/academy-of-allied-health-and-science.html
Communications High School CHS provides a college preparatory honors program with a communications focus that serves the community by providing exemplary learning experiences in areas such as New Media, Journalism and Publishing, Commercial Art, and TV/Radio Broadcasting. Every course is offered at the honors level. Students must enroll and successfully complete 40 credits of course work per year to graduate.
Communications High School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012 and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. See more information at http://www.mcvsd.org/communications-hs.html
Marine Academy of Science & Technology M.A.S.T. is located in the Fort Hancock Historic Area at the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The school campus is located adjacent to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the country, in thirteen newly renovated buildings, within walking distance of several beaches. The school's curriculum focuses on marine sciences and marine technology/engineering.The M.A.S.T. program requires each student to participate in the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) in lieu of Physical Education. Completing the list of Top Ten High Schools, M.A.S.T. was a repeat recipient in 2013 of the National Blue Ribbon School Award.Facilities include a Marine Biology Laboratory, an Oceanography Laboratory, a C.A.D. Laboratory, a Multi-Media Laboratory, a Marine Technology Workshop, a Media Center containing a Computer Classroom, a Naval Science Building, as well as Chemistry and Physics Laboratories and classrooms for mathematics, history and social science, English, and world languages. For more information see http://www.mast.mcvsd.org/index.html
©2013 Susan McLaughlin