A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Address
200 Hackensack Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Telephone
(201) 343-6000

Bergen County Academies Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1440
274 responses
Average ACT
33
146 responses
AP Enrollment
43%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 112 responses
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  • ASSEMBLIES
    24%
  • Field Day
    23%
  • IDT Assembly
    18%
  • Projects (Wednesday)
    9%
  • Relay for Life
    9%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • BCA Harvesters
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,044
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
4%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.63 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.63 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.63 responses
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All was excellent except: bland unhealthy food options; no Asian American stores in humanities curriculum; racism from European American students, parents, and teachers, and staff. Hope this has changed.

Bland, unhealthy things in the cafeteria. Processed poison in vending machines. Nutella croissants for fundraisers. Off-campus eating/delivery forbidden. Kids need a minimally-processed, well seasoned, veggie-loaded diet with dairy-free options for the lactose-intolerant/dairy allergic. Most of us can't process dairy after infancy.

The only required minority narratives were of the plight of Jews in Europe and Africans in the U.S. w/ zero required Asian American stories.

Any 50%+ European dominant school w/ this many "other people" would get A+ in diversity. European admin doesn't "get" Asian cultures. European parents upset their kids no longer automatically top of class due. Too bad BA has no Asian quota like everywhere else. Or not. :eyeroll:
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Bergen County Academies is a very fine institution. It's emphasis on education is a distinguishable quality that makes it such a superior place to receive a high school education. The idea of bringing together the brightest young minds in Bergen County and forming a group that allows each of them to interact with each other is very rewarding. When there are students who actually care about the education they receive and who want to be the best, an atmosphere of healthy competitiveness as well as camaraderie is created. The school itself provides an assortment of resources that allows for an education like no other. Whether it be the research opportunities or STEM program. Bergen County Academies prepares students for college. During a students four year tenure, he or she will be challenged with daunting obstacles, thrown into what may seem to be impossible situations, and most importantly called upon to make their own choices and pave their way to a prosperous future.
Students regularly win national competitions, and a whopping percentage place into top colleges. With such a high reputation comes much pressure, resulting in a toxic culture. Even the smartest students compromise their integrity for a higher GPA, obtaining past exams or "borrowing" homework. The school draws in the students with the most potential, but the culture ironically hinders the potential of many students who never learn how to become self-sufficient or to pursue something out of genuine interest rather than desperation to survive.
Much of a student's coursework is concentrated in an "academy" like business or music for their entire high school career. While this is fine for those who love their academy, many 14-year-olds often have no clue what they are getting themselves into but are forced to commit to an academy of choice at the time of application. The school could benefit from more flexibility, starting with allowing students to change academies after they enroll.