Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology – Newsweek – 65/100
Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology
City: Scotch Plains
AVG SAT: 1974
AVG ACT: 29.4
AVG AP SCORE:4.3
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.65
1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, United States
The Union County Magnet High School (UCMHS) is a magnet public high school located in Scotch Plains on the Union County Vocational Technical Schools Campus, serving the vocational and technical educational needs of students throughout Union County, New Jersey. The Mission Statement of the school states that the school’s goal is to prepare students for college/vocational training utilizing technology through problem solving, project-based learning, and interdisciplinary education. Students must apply to enter the school and the school turns away approximately 2/3 of applicants.
As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 274 students and 24 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.42:1.
Awards, recognition and rankings:
Union County Magnet High School was recognized by Governor Jim McGreevey in 2003 as one of 25 schools selected statewide for the First Annual Governor’s School of Excellence award.
Union County Magnet High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 2004-05 school year. In September 2013, the school was honored for a second time when it was one of 15 in New Jersey to be recognized by the Department of Education as part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, an award called the “most prestigious honor in the United States’ education system” and which Education Secretary Arne Duncan described as honoring schools that “represent examples of educational excellence”.
Union County Magnet High School was cited as a “Public Elite”, one of 22 such schools recognized nationwide in Newsweek magazine’s listing of “America’s Best High Schools” in the May 8, 2006, issue. Newsweek described that the school’s “Focus is on science, math and technology”.
In Newsweek’s May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country’s top high schools, Union County Magnet High School was listed in 598th place, the 12th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.
In 2005-06, the school averaged a 1922 combined SAT score, fourth highest of all public high schools statewide.
In 2008, Magnet High School, along with the Academy for Allied Health Sciences, was named #1 youth per capita in the entire nation by the American Cancer Society for their Relay for Life. In total, the schools raised over $73,000.
In 2009, Magnet High School, along with the other UCVTS schools, was named #1 youth per capita in the entire nation by the American Cancer Society for their Relay For Life program. In total, the schools raised over $115,000.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school as one of 16 schools tied for first out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (unchanged from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy (100.0%) and mathematics (100.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In 2011, Magnet High School was named a Silver Medal School and ranked #70 in the Nation as one of the best math and science high school according to U.S. News & World Report.
In its 2013 report on “America’s Best High Schools”, The Daily Beast ranked the school 65th in the nation among participating public high schools and 5th among schools in New Jersey. The school was ranked 102nd in the nation and fifth in New Jersey on the list of “America’s Best High Schools 2012” prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based 25% each on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with 10% based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, 10% on AP/IB scores and an additional 5% based on the number of AP/IB courses available to students.