April 26, 2017

27 NJ county vocational-technical schools named to US News & World Report’s Best High Schools list

High Technology High School in Lincroft, ranked as the top high school in New Jersey and the #1 STEM high school in the nation in the 2017 US News & World Report Best High Schools in America survey

Five of the top ten high schools in New Jersey are county vocational-technical schools, according to US News & World Report’s 2017 America’s Best High Schools survey, released on April 25.

High Technology High School in Lincroft, part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District, was the highest- ranked school in New Jersey and was ranked #16 in the nation.

Also among the top 10 New Jersey schools were Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro (#3), Union County Magnet High School (#4), Union County’s Academy for Allied Health Sciences in Scotch Plains (#8) and Monmouth County Marine Academy of Science and Technology in Highlands (#10). The five schools all won gold medals for ranking among the top 500 schools in the country.

The Monmouth County Academy of Allied Health Sciences in Neptune, the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health in Woodbridge, and the Union County Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains also won gold medals.

Four county vocational-technical schools were honored with silver medals and 15 schools won bronze medals in the Best High Schools survey.

Of the 106 New Jersey high schools recognized by US News in 2017, 27 were county vocational-technical schools.

High Technology High School also topped the national rankings in US News’ Best STEM High Schools report for the third year in a row. Seven other county vocational-technical schools also won gold medals in this survey.

“While all of these national rankings are subjective and based on different criteria, it’s a great honor for our schools and our students to receive this national recognition,” said Tim McCorkell, the superintendent of the Monmouth County Vocational School District and the president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.

McCorkell noted that the rankings are “also a tribute to the teachers in the local school districts in our counties who do such a great job in preparing students to meet the academic challenges at these highly-rigorous schools.

“It is also very gratifying to see that eight New Jersey county vocational-technical schools offering a broad range of career programs — where students are exposed to a variety of careers including auto mechanics, computer graphics, construction trades and culinary arts – also won national recognition,” he said. “It’s a great acknowledgement of the academic engagement that high-quality career and technical education offers.”

The US News annual report rankings include the top 6,021 of the more than 22,000 high schools in the United States.

Here are the awards received by New Jersey county vocational-technical schools:

Gold Medal – Best High Schools
High Technology High School, Lincroft (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro
Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains
Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Highlands (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Academy of Allied Health Sciences, Neptune (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health, Woodbridge
Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)

Silver Medal – Best High Schools
High Tech High School, North Bergen (Hudson County Schools of Technology)
Communications High School, Wall (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Bergen Academies
Union County Tech

Bronze Medal – Best High Schools
Biotechnology High School, Freehold (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
County Prep High School, Jersey City (Hudson County Schools of Technology)
Academy for Law and Public Safety (Morris County Vocational School District and Butler High School)
Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering (Morris Country Vocational School District and Morris Hills High School)
Academy for Performing Arts (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
Bloomfield Tech (Essex County Vocational Technical Schools)
Camden County Technical Schools –Pennsauken Campus
Marine Academy for Science and Technology (MAST), Manahawkin (Ocean County Vocational Technical School)
Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology, Edison
Morris County School of Technology
Newark Tech (Essex County Vocational Technical Schools)
North 13th Street Tech (Essex County Vocational Technical Schools)
Somerset County Vocational and technical Schools
West Caldwell Tech (Essex County Vocational Technical Schools)

Gold Medal – Best STEM High Schools
High Technology High School, Lincroft (Monmouth County Vocational School District) – #1 in the US
Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains
Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Academy of Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
Bergen County Technical School, Teterboro
Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST). Highlands (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Academy for Information Technology (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)