Top Vocational High Schools in New Jersey

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

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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2012High SchoolsCountyStudent faculty ratio% of  faculty with masters or doctorateAverage combined SAT
score
% advanced proficient: HSPA-
language
% advanced proficient: HSPA-
math
HSPA COMBINED AVERAGEAdjusted cohort
grad
rate
1High Technology High
(Lincroft) 
Monmouth 9.960.8211692.998.695.75100
2Communications High
(Wall) 
Monmouth9.259.4194476.192.584.3100
3Academy of Allied
Health & Science
(Nepxune)
Monmouth 10.185.7195979.485.782.55100
4Academy for Science,
Mathematics
& Engineering (Edison)
Middlesex 9.688.3200291.794.493.0597.44
5Marine Academy
of Technology
& Environmental
Science (Manahawkin)
Ocean 9.6441888829689100
6Bergen County
Technical (Teterboro)
Bergen 8.746.2172246.646.646.699.35
7High Tech High
(North Bergen)
Hudson8.966.616724345.844.498.65
8Bergen Academies
(Hackensack)
Bergen 10.560.8208780.692.486.598.89
9Marine Academy of 
Science
& Technology
(Highlands)
Monmouth 10.469189565.381.973.698.59
10Biotechnology High
(Freehold)
Monmouth 11.478.6196189.295.992.5597.3
11County Prep
(Jersey City)
Hudson 6.864.5137220.927.624.2598.34
12Morris County School
Of Technology
(Denville)
Morris 9.744.9158028.836.932.8597.46
13Performing Arts
Academy
(Lakehurst)
Ocean842.314982.49.55.9597.22
14Sussex County Technical
(Sparta)
Sussex 8.941.714723.716.410.0596.97
15Academy For
Information Technology
(Scotch Plains)
Union 10.146.2177354.180.367.293.92
16Academy For Allied
Health Sciences 
(Scotch Plains)
Union 1572.3178465.567.266.3593.92
17Academy for Allied
Health and Biomedical
Sciences (Woodbridge)
Middlesex953.8138070.682.476.586.84
18Warren County
Technical
(Washington)
Warren6.929.2142315.714.715.295.05
19Salem County Career
& Technical
(Woodstown)
Salem 18.436.215007.121.414.2597.3
20Somerset County
Vocational
& Technical
(Bridgewater)
Somerset8.139.4153824.432.928.6591.55
21Passaic County
Technical
Institute (Wayne)
Passaic104712907.2129.696.5
22Gloucester County
Institute
of Technology
(Sewell)
Gloucester12.638.3143315.422.819.195.34
23Burlington County
Instititute of
Technology
(Medford)
Burlington 9.343.513184.510.17.394.3
24Cape May County
Technical
(Cape May
Court House)
Cape May928.614601417.615.893.92
25Union County
Vocational-Technical
(Scotch Plains)
Union 14.527.5149127.632.830.293.92
26Bloomfield Tech Essex 10.632127189.88.996.23
27Middlesex County
Vocational & Technical
(East Brunswick)
Middlesex7.740.514152.33.83.0577.7
28Camden County Tech
(Gloucester)
Camden 9.724.211792.73.12.994.63
29Middlesex County
Vocational & Technical
(Piscataway)
Middlesex 8.444.911760.800.470.75
30Camden County Tech
(Pennsauken)
Camden11.816.712052.74.33.594.15
31Burlington County
Institituteof Technology
(Westhampton)
Burlington 11.24012995.65.65.693.6
32West Caldwell TechEssex7.132.5109400075.47
33North 13th Street Tech
(Newark)
Essex9.630.911571.37.84.5589.31
34Newark Tech/West
Market Street Center
(Newark)
Essex 11.949.211610.64.12.3593.57
35Middlesex County
Vocational & Technical
(Perth Amboy)
Middlesex 11.128.612251.42.92.1589.04
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