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Union County Magnet High School

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Union County
Union County Vocational-Technical School District
Union County Magnet High School is a public school located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey with 302 students in grades 9-12.
Highlights
The Union County Magnet High School is a National Blue Ribbon high school.
Students at The Union County Magnet High School have the ability to earn college credits before graduation as part of a dual enrollment articulation agreement with NJIT.
The Magnet High School provides an intensive study in science, mathematics, and engineering technology. All courses are taught at the honors level or higher.
Awards

The Union County Magnet High School was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004 and 2013, and by Newsweek Magazine and U.S. News and World Report as one of the top high schools in the United States. The Union County Magnet High School is a program that continues to be recognized for innovation and excellence.

Location
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Contact
Principal: Mrs. Alice Mansfield-Smith
908-889-8288
amansfield@ucvts.org
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Students
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Grades
9-12
White 40%
Black 8%
Asian 35%
Hispanic 16%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 1%
School size
302
students
Female 42.7%
Male 57.3%
Economically disadvantaged students 11%
Students with disabilities 2%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
76
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 25%
74
10th Grade 24%
73
11th Grade 26%
78
12th Grade 25%
77
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Academics
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English & language arts proficiency
99%
of students

Math proficiency
98%
of students

School climate
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Crime per 100 students
0.7
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 1
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 2
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
83%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 11%
1 to 5 days 44%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 11%
Over 15 days 6%
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English 83.4%
Other 6.0%
Spanish 5.6%
Chinese 3.3%
Polish 1.7%
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Learn more about Union County Magnet High School.

Mission

The Union County Magnet High School is a full-time high school for the intensive study of science, mathematics, and engineering technology. The mission of our school is to prepare students to become self-directed, responsible, and productive individuals through an engineering-based program that emphasizes the utilization and responsible application of technology through problem-solving, project-based learning, and interdisciplinary college preparatory coursework.

Academics

We offer courses in the area of Engineering Technology, with engineering electives that include Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering Concepts, Aerospace Engineering, Electric Vehicle Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, and Patent Law. At the completion of the core vocational coursework, all students will be able to successfully complete an industry certification exam and become AutoCAD Certified Users.

Clubs

Our vocational student organization is TSA, which provides students with learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our students are provided with the opportunity to join a variety of building-based and district-based organizations and clubs. Some of these include FBLA, SkillsUSA, Robotics, Art Club, Drama Club, GSA, Spanish Club, Multi-Cultural Club, Relay for Life, Newspaper Club, Debate & Speech, Chess Club, Math League, Science Club, and Student Government.

Programs

MHS facilitates a peer-tutoring program during school that is open to all students. In addition, students can meet with peer tutors after-school. Also, ELA, math, and science teachers are available during a free student period for tutoring and enrichment. There are also numerous college and financial information sessions, and a college fair offered for free on campus after-school.

Teachers

MHS faculty members are encouraged to explore professional development opportunities that will directly aid in student success. Faculty who attend off campus professional development are encouraged to turnkey relevant information during monthly faculty and discipline meetings. There are three in service days built into the school calendar for faculty to receive additional professional development. During one of these days, faculty members volunteer to teach classes in an area of expertise.

Post high school

In 2019, 100% of the graduates went on to attend College or University. Through Naviance, student meetings, and numerous information sessions our counselors work closely with students and their families to determine the best course of action for pursuing college or university settings.

Supports

All MHS students have a co-curricular period built into their schedule to allow them to pursue tutoring and support services from their teachers during the school day. Also, faculty have been assigned extra help duties in their classrooms during this period to help meet the needs of their students. All faculty members have received professional development on initiating an I&RS referral. Finally, there is a Special Services Department to assist and support students with disabilities.

Health

All students participate in required health and physical education courses. Each of these courses is tailored to help promote fitness and wellness across the lifespan of the student. Also, there are four fitness centers available on campus for students to use during class, co-curricular periods, and after school. The counseling department at MHS offers various classes in stress management to our students during co-curricular to help assist with managing stress and promoting good decision making.

Parents

he MHS advisory board is a partnership between MHS and industry professionals in the field of engineering. The full advisory board meets a few times throughout the school year for the purpose of furthering the development of our vocational program. Additionally, MHS has an extremely active Parent School Association. This group meets monthly to help create and develop activities and events that foster parental outreach and involvement.

Facilities

MHS is an air conditioned building that was renovated in 1997. In 2018, a new guidance suite was designed to provide opportunities for our counselors to meet with students. Further, in 2018, a new science lab was designed to meet the needs of a growing student population.

School safety

All schools in UCVTS have a full time safety officer, who assists staff with bi-monthly security drills and day to day safety procedures. Each school has a school improvement panel that meets monthly to ensure that safety policies and procedures are sound and effective.

Technology

Our school currently offers all students Chromebooks as part of a one-to-one initiative. Students use these devices in each of their classes. Students also learn and apply skills associated with two-dimensional and three-dimensional Computer-Aided Design, including AUTOCAD and Parametric Modeling, as part of our engineering program.

More

MHS receives students from the 21 municipalities within Union County. All students are accepted through a rigorous admissions process. Transportation is provided by the sending districts. Students are permitted to participate in athletics and other activities at their sending district. The school day at MHS offers block scheduling for each course rotating on an "A Day" and "B Day" schedule. Each period lasts for 83 minutes. During the school day, students receive a 30 minute period for lunch and a 30 minute period for co-curricular. All students at MHS receive a Chromebook at the start of their 9th grade year in order to facilitate the learning process. The faculty at MHS makes extensive use of the apps contained in the Google Suite, and students also receive their own email account as freshmen. Each faculty member at MHS receives a 41 minute daily curriculum period to update their curriculum document in order to ensure that all program offerings are current with the trends in their specific field. MHS benefits from an ongoing articulation agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology that allows MHS students choosing to attend NJIT upon graduation to receive full college credit for numerous MHS courses.

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