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Union Cty Magnet High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted July 10, 2011

Union County Magnet High School is for the excellent student that is eager to learn and be prepared to go to college. You do not just decide you want to go there - you have to have high level grades and perform well on entry test to hopefully be selected to attend. The student to teacher relationship and coursework load is similar to the college environment. If you are fortunate to be accepted and ready to work and learn - you will graduate completely ready to be accepted to just about any college and go on to do well in college as well. The school is the same or better than any college prep academy except that it is free since it is part of the public school system for the county of Union. The best possible education and it's free - you cannot beat that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

An exceptional school for those that are able to get in. Teachers work hard to make sure that the students understand the curriculum. Mostly all the kids are kind, well-rounded students. One of the best in the country!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

Once you walk into Magnet, you automatically know it's not your normal high school. The people here are SMART. The majority of the students' SAT scores were above 1950. It's not common to have 15 students (out of about 65) in your grade to be accepted into BU or Duke or even Princeton or Yale. You get to meet a lot of people too, within Magnet and the rest of the UCVTS campus. Everyone's pretty nice, and the teachers are good at what they do. If your town doesn't challenge you enough, and you can pass the selective admission, Magnet's a really good choice, especially if you want to get into a good college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

Competitive public high school for an education equivalent to that one would receive in an elite private high school, high level of coursework, small classrooms, caring teachers, great kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I graduated from this school and had a great time. Its a great atmosphere because everyone there is a top student from their respective towns. So everyone there values education. After graduating I went to Rutgers University where I got my degree in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Bio-Mechanics. The building blocks I learned from the HS greatly prepared me for the rigors of the Engineering School and even now in the Operations Development Program I am in now.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2005

Great school for those who really wish to achieve a lot in life...being that it is free it is a great school for under priviledged kids who wish to go far and a great alternative compared to the schools in their hometown which don't provide enough of a challenge.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2004

My son has received an excellent education from 'Magnet' high school and is well prepared for college. I have never seen such dedicated teachers. They are there early and stay late. It is not unusual for them to be there as late as 5:00 p.m. The teachers and principal are young and enthusiastic and the students relate well to them. The extracurricular activities have been expanding yearly and are sensitive to the requests of the students. There are many considering that this is a young school which will only be graduating it's 4th class. The guidance department is well informed and not only are they helpful to the students but are a great assistance with the parents too. If your child is lucky enough to get in and they are willing to work hard, don't let this amazing opportunity pass you by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Magnet is providing my daughter with a wonderful education. The building is sparkling clean, and there is first-rate technology in every classroom. The course load tends to get a little heavy at times, but it teaches students excellent time management skills and prepares them for the rigorous studies at a University. If your child can get in, go for it!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

71 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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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.

76 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%
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Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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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

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SAT college ready

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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
White 55% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 9%
Black 8% 16%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms Gwendolyn Seneschal

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1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Phone: (908) 889-8288

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