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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Academy for Information Technology is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Scotch Plains, NJ. It has 287 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 96% in reading.
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Address
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Telephone
(908) 889-8288
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Academy for Information Technology Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
96%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1350
119 responses
Average ACT
31
44 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$117,765
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,481
National
$949
Median Home Value
$481,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society
    26%
  • Multicultural Fair
    20%
  • Project Hope
    15%
  • FBLA States
    13%
  • Semi Formal Dance
    13%
  • Coffee House Play Production
    9%
  • Harvest Fest
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
287
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
15%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.8%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
63%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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AIT has the resources necessary to succeed for the two vocational paths offered there: Business & Information Technology. Introductory courses are provided such as Computer Applications in Business which combine IT and Business by getting the student certified in Microsoft Office and IC3. Sophomore year gives you the opportunity to experience an AP course (Computer Science Fundamentals) and a business course (Principles of Business & Finance). Computer Science helps in the logic behind programming and allows students to learn languages such as Javascript. Sophomore year is the year when the path you are pursuing is finalized by the end of the school year. business classes are still available to me Junior year as electives through the IT path. However, students planning to go the business path do not have the opportunity to go into some of the IT courses provided at AIT. The focus on these courses as well as the honors classes provided at the school make the school worthwhile.
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I really liked how AIT made a smaller group of high-achieving kids who wanted to do well. We all supported each other and we wanted to lift each other up rather than push each other down. The teachers were very supportive despite their issues with administration. Administration did weigh down on students a bit which impacted some aspects of the student life. But fellow peers and the teachers made up for it, through school events, club meetings and events, and social hangouts.
Throughout my years at AIT, there are many things that I found unique to this high school experience. I loved having the opportunity to meet people from different towns and cultures who had similar academic interests as me. There were also many career specific classes that were offered here that I wouldn't have been able to take at my town high school. The schedule is also really convenient. Since there is an A/B day schedule, you have the opportunity to visit a teacher twice before the next lecture. This is helpful because the classes are very rigorous. The school itself is also student friendly: it’s clean, easy to get around, and it provides lots of places where students could do work or study. One thing that I did not like at first was that AIT did not have varsity sports, but as time progressed I started to find it pretty cool that your friends from school could be your rivals on the field (you have the opportunity to compete for your town’s team).