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High Technology High School

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Posted October 12, 2010

As a founding teacher at High Tech, I had the opportunity to see a new form of education- a magnet school run by a vocational school district that drew students from all over the county. For kids, it was like being in a private school, but it was public. High Tech was the number one high school in the country last year. A great feat for a school begun in 1991!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

Class of 2010 - 59 Students 100% to College at: Babson Boston Univ (2) Bowdoin Brooklyn CUNY Columbia Cooper Union Cornell (8) Harvard Lafayette Lehigh (3) McGill Middlebury MIT (4) NJIT Northeastern (2) NYU Ohio State Penn (2) Philadelphia Univ Princeton Rice Rider RIT Rutgers (6) Smith Stevens (3) TCNJ UC Berkley (2) UM College Park USNA Villanova (2) VPI Wheaton WPI (2) It's not what they've done here; it's what they have been prepared to do when they leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

It's so quirky and fun. It just an all around good time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

I consider making the choice to attend High Technology High School to be one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. The school has a friendly, non-clique oriented environment and is small enough so that everyone knows each other. The teachers are highly qualifies and are willing to go above and beyond of what is expected of them to help a student. Though the school is technically science and engineering oriented, a wide range of extracurriculars such as Performing Arts Club, Multicultural Club, Chess Club, and more allow students to express themselves in their other passions out of the classroom. In addition, when walking through the hallways, a stranger may notice something quite unusual compared to an average high school - all of the lockers remain open during the day. Students are not required to leave their lockers open, but trust one another enough to leave their books and personal items exposed. Theft is not an issue at High Tech. Finally, the ambiance of motivated classmates striving for success is inspiring; students work not only to achieve the best grades for themselves but are also willing to work with one another and give help to a struggling friend. The unique learning and social environment at High Technology High School makes it a superb school on any basis.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2009

I love High Technology High School because of many reasons: 1) Everyone is cool enough to keep their lockers wide open during the day and not steal anything. 2) Our school has televisions for clocks, and instead of just regular morning announcements, those televisions are used for video announcements! 3) We are the only school that has school wide meetings to play Hollywood Squares or Family Feud, for no particular reason. 4) We get the highest SAT scores in the state, and some of the coolest teachers! 5) It is fun. What else can I say????
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

High Technology High School has a wonderful community. All of the students get along very well and are very trusting of one another. Also, High Technology offers outstanding academics as well as extracurriculars.


Posted October 22, 2009

I love the great teachers, the challenging courses, and the wide choice of extra-curricular activities we have to choose from.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

HTHS provides an academically stimulating environment that prepares you for college by surrounding each student with amazing faculty and the best and brightest of Monmouth County. It's atmosphere of trust and friendly atmosphere make it a home away from home. :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

There's no reason not to love it! Great teachers and students, and the open locker policy is priceless.


Posted October 21, 2009

Everything about our school is amazing. Dedicated teachers, hard working students, trusting environment, fantastic opportunities. What is not to love?
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

Great curriculum, great teachers, great friends. Nowhere else could I hold discussions about quantum electrodynamics, the merits of la generacion de 98's philosophies, the situation in Afghanistan, and how awesome building a giant spacelaser would be in one day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2008

Research programs that are beyond the scope of most undergraduate programs begin in the sophomore year and continue through a mentored internship with a local research company or institution in the senior year. These features are not options for high-achieving students; these are basic graduation requirements. After the freshman year, college courses are available; they are required beginning in the junior year (one freshman engineering course may be taken for credit through RIT). Begin preparing by the sixth grade though, the admissions process is highly selective and over 400 eight grade students compete for 65-70 openings. Also consider that each of the 48 sending districts are allocated a spot if they have a qualifying student; 20-30 seats are usually allocated in this manner so unless you are the highest qualifier in your district, you are competing in the county-wide general pool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

This is an outstanding HS. Courses are demanding and the teachers are exceptional. Parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2006

I graduated in 2005. Overall, school wasn't too hard with the exception of some science courses. Pretty competitive students but don't expect to be overworked. Teachers are excellent; I can't honestly say I had one bad teacher throughout the 4 years. If you do your work (approx 1-2 hrs a night) you will be fine.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 17, 2006

My son graduated in 2005. He was so far ahead of his freshman college classmates due to the excellent education he received at High Tech (Deans list both semesters in college). He loved his teachers and we found them to be very motivated and accessable. The principle is very hands on. The kids were/are very close and I think will remind life long friends.The only complaint was the lack of sports but we knew this going in. You must be a motivated student to success here. The PFA is very active and works very hard
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

School is very difficult and the ciricullum is demanding. Some teachers are very set back on there tenure, while others (mainly the newer ones) are extremely helpful and good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2005

It's a great place to learn
—Submitted by a staff


Posted November 28, 2005

The science courses at this school are challenging, and the teachers in this department are exceptional. In the humanities, math, and languages, however, the quality of instruction is spotty. Some of the teachers in English and history are solid, while others are horrible. Unfortunately, because of the academic scheduling, students are often stuck with a poor teacher and have no recourse. Their schedules are driven, in fact, by the language they study. There are no art courses, music classes, or sports programs. Students must return to their sending schools for those. A student-run drama program offers a few students opportunities to appear in theatrical productions, but there is little support for this. Parents are not as involved as one would expect for the types of students who attend this school. Too bad the quality of this school and its programs has declined terribly over the past two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2004

My son graduted class of 2004. Avg SAT score for class was 1356. The schools academic team ranked 3rd in national competition. The school is a Blue Ribbon School. Very demanding curriculum. The kids are very close and spend a lot of time together. Just a great place to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have a child currently at High Tech and another who has graduated. It is an amazing school. Lockers are left open and the kids are very accepting of each other as individuals. The faculty is excellent and available to help any student. The curriculum emphasizes engineering and the work load is heavy. Students cannot do well without putting in effort. Even if the child doesn't pursue engineering in college, he will be well prepared for any major.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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Math

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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
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White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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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48%
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SAT participation

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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 49% 9%
White 49% 51%
Hispanic 1% 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 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 1%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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765 Newman Springs Road
Po Box 119
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Phone: (732) 842-8444

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