Top Vocational High Schools in New Jersey

The Monmouth County Vocational District dominates our first ever list of vocational schools.

September 2012 Top Highschools article feature

Our first-ever ranking of vocational schools is dominated by the Monmouth County Vocational District, which has the top three schools and five of the top 10. The number 1 finisher is High Technology High School, a pre-engineering career academy in Lincroft.

The test results for High Technology High’s students are mind-blowing. The average combined SAT score of 2,116 is the best of any public high school in the state, and its HSPA results are equally monumental.

High Technology High draws students from throughout Monmouth County. “We have some very affluent districts, and some not so affluent,” says Kevin Bals, the school’s incoming principal (he previously served as assistant principal at Holmdel High School). Bals attributes High Technology High’s success to the quality of education thoughout the county. “The sending schools are doing a great job,” says Bals.

To attend High Technology High, each student must pass a rigorous admission test. It’s worth the effort; 10 members of the latest graduating class of about 70 students are bound for Princeton University this fall.
While High Technology High reigns as number 1, the other Monmouth academies in the top 10, as well as top-10 schools in Middlesex, Ocean, Bergen and Hudson counties, had similarly striking results.

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2012 High Schools County Student faculty ratio % of  faculty with masters or doctorate Average combined SAT
score
% advanced proficient: HSPA-
language
% advanced proficient: HSPA-
math
HSPA COMBINED AVERAGE Adjusted cohort
grad
rate
1 High Technology High
(Lincroft) 
Monmouth  9.9 60.8 2116 92.9 98.6 95.75 100
2 Communications High
(Wall) 
Monmouth 9.2 59.4 1944 76.1 92.5 84.3 100
3 Academy of Allied
Health & Science
(Nepxune)
Monmouth  10.1 85.7 1959 79.4 85.7 82.55 100
4 Academy for Science,
Mathematics
& Engineering (Edison)
Middlesex  9.6 88.3 2002 91.7 94.4 93.05 97.44
5 Marine Academy
of Technology
& Environmental
Science (Manahawkin)
Ocean  9.6 44 1888 82 96 89 100
6 Bergen County
Technical (Teterboro)
Bergen  8.7 46.2 1722 46.6 46.6 46.6 99.35
7 High Tech High
(North Bergen)
Hudson 8.9 66.6 1672 43 45.8 44.4 98.65
8 Bergen Academies
(Hackensack)
Bergen  10.5 60.8 2087 80.6 92.4 86.5 98.89
9 Marine Academy of 
Science
& Technology
(Highlands)
Monmouth  10.4 69 1895 65.3 81.9 73.6 98.59
10 Biotechnology High
(Freehold)
Monmouth  11.4 78.6 1961 89.2 95.9 92.55 97.3
11 County Prep
(Jersey City)
Hudson  6.8 64.5 1372 20.9 27.6 24.25 98.34
12 Morris County School
Of Technology
(Denville)
Morris  9.7 44.9 1580 28.8 36.9 32.85 97.46
13 Performing Arts
Academy
(Lakehurst)
Ocean 8 42.3 1498 2.4 9.5 5.95 97.22
14 Sussex County Technical
(Sparta)
Sussex  8.9 41.7 1472 3.7 16.4 10.05 96.97
15 Academy For
Information Technology
(Scotch Plains)
Union  10.1 46.2 1773 54.1 80.3 67.2 93.92
16 Academy For Allied
Health Sciences 
(Scotch Plains)
Union  15 72.3 1784 65.5 67.2 66.35 93.92
17 Academy for Allied
Health and Biomedical
Sciences (Woodbridge)
Middlesex 9 53.8 1380 70.6 82.4 76.5 86.84
18 Warren County
Technical
(Washington)
Warren 6.9 29.2 1423 15.7 14.7 15.2 95.05
19 Salem County Career
& Technical
(Woodstown)
Salem  18.4 36.2 1500 7.1 21.4 14.25 97.3
20 Somerset County
Vocational
& Technical
(Bridgewater)
Somerset 8.1 39.4 1538 24.4 32.9 28.65 91.55
21 Passaic County
Technical
Institute (Wayne)
Passaic 10 47 1290 7.2 12 9.6 96.5
22 Gloucester County
Institute
of Technology
(Sewell)
Gloucester 12.6 38.3 1433 15.4 22.8 19.1 95.34
23 Burlington County
Instititute of
Technology
(Medford)
Burlington  9.3 43.5 1318 4.5 10.1 7.3 94.3
24 Cape May County
Technical
(Cape May
Court House)
Cape May 9 28.6 1460 14 17.6 15.8 93.92
25 Union County
Vocational-Technical
(Scotch Plains)
Union  14.5 27.5 1491 27.6 32.8 30.2 93.92
26 Bloomfield Tech  Essex  10.6 32 1271 8 9.8 8.9 96.23
27 Middlesex County
Vocational & Technical
(East Brunswick)
Middlesex 7.7 40.5 1415 2.3 3.8 3.05 77.7
28 Camden County Tech
(Gloucester)
Camden  9.7 24.2 1179 2.7 3.1 2.9 94.63
29 Middlesex County
Vocational & Technical
(Piscataway)
Middlesex  8.4 44.9 1176 0.8 0 0.4 70.75
30 Camden County Tech
(Pennsauken)
Camden 11.8 16.7 1205 2.7 4.3 3.5 94.15
31 Burlington County
Institituteof Technology
(Westhampton)
Burlington  11.2 40 1299 5.6 5.6 5.6 93.6
32 West Caldwell Tech Essex 7.1 32.5 1094 0 0 0 75.47
33 North 13th Street Tech
(Newark)
Essex 9.6 30.9 1157 1.3 7.8 4.55 89.31
34 Newark Tech/West
Market Street Center
(Newark)
Essex  11.9 49.2 1161 0.6 4.1 2.35 93.57
35 Middlesex County
Vocational & Technical
(Perth Amboy)
Middlesex  11.1 28.6 1225 1.4 2.9 2.15 89.04
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