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Dr Ronald Mc Nair Academy High School

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Posted June 19, 2014

Unfortunately, due to rigorous curriculum most of the students cheat in order to gain advantage. It's uncertain whether administration is aware of this dilemma.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2014

McNair is portrayed to be better than what it really is. Honestly, people don't know what ot really is. It's really hyped up.


Posted April 29, 2014

Being an alumnus of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School is what distinguished me from the rest of my Freshman class in my Undergraduate career in college. I was comfortable with taking multiple classes at once, studying almost 12 hours at a time and having to do a large amount of homework assignments that encountered deadlines. I was always on top of my game and my priorities never changed. McNair taught me about time management and how to set mind my straight on academics being the first thing on my to-do list. When it comes to great schools that count, McNair is on top of my list. Many thanks to Mr. Slattery and Ms. Barone for running a great school. Fernando Titus Alumus


Posted March 24, 2014

Great school, staff and teachers. The AP classes prepared my son for college. He's been on the Dean's List for the past 3 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

Honestly this school can be the best thing to happen to you or the worst. It is very comprehensive and an overall great environment. However some teachers are not the best. Specifically the VP. Ms. Barone is straight up........Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm there are certain people you just don't want to get on the bad side of. Let's leave it at that. Great school but you don't need to struggle here when you could get into the same college by taking it easy at a different school. So good luck.


Posted January 11, 2014

McNair is overrated. Half the teachers are above average and the other half don't bother to teach. The only reason why this school is considered to be a top school is because of the many AP courses it offers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2013

i rate this school 5 out of 5. This is my dream to get in to. i have struggled alot through my education and family but i want to make the best out of it at this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

98% of students who makes it to senior year have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students definately go on to achieve great things. Most students can get into an Ivy League school by Senior year because of the rigour of the coursework. The diversity is also strong and a very nice aspect of the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2005

Competitive. Top 30% of the students are very smart.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2004

I'm not a parent but a former student of McNair. I graduated in 2003 and am now in my 2nd year at college. McNair definately prepared for college. Having a history of high standards set by the school makes me keep a high standard for myself because I know what my best work looks like. Because of this, am I now in the top of several of my classes, not to mention that honors and AP classes as well as dedicated teachers at McNair allowed me to start college with 30 tranfer credits. Thanks Academic!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2004

My daughter graduated from NcNair a few years ago. She is now a year away from earning her college degree. I feel that the education and experience she recieved at McNair Academic has assisted her tremendously. I also have an eleven year old daughter who intends to apply to McNair Academic. Great school, great teachers, great programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

I am not a parent, I am a graduate ('94). I found the education I recived to be top notch. I felt prepared to enter college. I was given the neccessary tools to achieve in college and in the workplace. The teachers really care about the subjects that they teach; their passion for their resepective area was infectious. The student body fostered an atmosphere where being smart and achieving was 'cool'. The guidance department walked me through college applications and deciding on a school that best suited me. I highly recommend attending Academic High!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 19, 2003

I have a sophomore and another entering her freshman year this fall 2003, and have always attended the PTA meetings and report card one-on-one with the teachers. McNair, being a school with only Honors or Advanced placement courses, does have a Fantastic, Overachieving Faculty. I have not met a teacher that did not strike me as incredibly knowledgeable, professional and really care about their students. The energy level is infectious in this institution and all of the kids that attend are always enthusiastic.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant100%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant100%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
99%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
Black97%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged98%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant100%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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SAT participation

100%

SAT college ready

89%

Graduation rate

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1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 36% 9%
Hispanic 23% 22%
White 21% 51%
Black 17% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Edward Slattery

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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123 Coles Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 418-7618

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