The Morris County Vocational School District (MCVSD) Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering ranked as New Jersey’s best public high school, according to a Niche.com ranking. Overall, the school rated an A+.
The four-year academy has 180 students in grades 9-12 who attend the rigorous, highly focused program for those with career interests in engineering. They score highly on state tests, including 90 percent of students ranking at least 90 percent proficient in both math and reading.
The academy nationally ranks 3rd for STEM out of 9,676 schools and 15th best public high school out of 20,446. Additional national rankings:
- #3 best public high school teachers in America
- #8 best magnet high school in America
- #39 Best college prep public high school in America
One of six satellite academies administered by MCVSD, the Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering is located at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway. Five other satellite campuses are spread around the county, with ten academies located on the Morris County Vocational School District’s Denville campus.
MCVSD, with the support of the Morris County Board of County Commissioners, is also expanding its educational opportunities. A groundbreaking ceremony took place this past September for MCVSD’s new Career Training Center that will be located on campus at the County College of Morris (CCM).
“The vo-tech career training center will expand the district by 30 percent, providing 500 career-focused and college-bound high school students access to specialized training and skills to prepare them for in-demand careers,” said Commissioner Director Christine Myers, liaison to the Board of School Estimate for CCM and MCSVD.
The two-story, 45,940 square-foot building will cost $24.8 million, with Morris County contributing $6.2 million of funding and the state providing $18.6 million under the Securing Our Children’s Future (SOCF) Bond Act. Commissioner John Krickus added that the county will also cover increased operating expenses once the facility is constructed.
The Academies provide high school students who share similar interests and aptitudes with a challenging and exciting curriculum designed to prepare them for the rigors of college, post-secondary technical training or entry-level employment.
Students interested in applying to a four-year academy should submit applications in the fall of their 8th grade year. Applications are closed for this year.
Applications are now open for 15 Share Time and Technical Education Programs, including carpentry, auto body, allied heath, advanced manufacturing, exercise science, cosmetology, plumbing and electrical trades. Visit MCVSD’s website for more information.