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
248 responses
Average ACT
33
134 responses
AP Enrollment
43%

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
Report
  • 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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Bergen County Academies Reviews

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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.
Review Bergen County Academies
One of the best public high schools in the country, BCA is located in Hackensack, Bergen County's county seat.
BCA is divided into academies of concentrations which add additional specialized study ranging from business to medical to arts and even culinary.
The h.s. boasts a large number of Ph.D teachers and access to resources such as Scanning and Transmission electron microscopes, independent research opportunities, hands-on video production and editing, musical productions with a Broadway choreographer, culinary courses taught by two Culinary Institute of America graduate chefs, a stock market room with real-time ticker and trading simulation software, etc.

School culture is high-pressure, but generally extremely supportive academically and personally. Those children who were the "weird" ones in middle school find friends and find themselves here.

College isn't as hard as it seems once you go through this school.
Most teachers at BCA genuinely care about what they're teaching and that passion translates over to the classroom where lessons are engaging and exciting. They are also willing to help struggling students who put in effort and generally try to give you some free points (homework, participation, classwork) in order to save your grade. My only problem would be that some teachers have heavy accents that are hard to understand and how some teachers refuse to bump you borderline grade up unless they favor you.