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A+
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
    C-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Bergen County Academies is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Hackensack, NJ. It has 1,069 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 94% in reading.
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
99%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1460
421 responses
Average ACT
33
232 responses
AP Enrollment
47%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$59,277
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,335
National
$949
Median Home Value
$292,600
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
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 119 responses
Report
  • Field Day
    24%
  • ASSEMBLIES
    24%
  • IDT Assembly
    18%
  • Projects (Wednesday)
    10%
  • Relay for Life
    8%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • BCA Harvesters
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,069
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.9%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.67 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.67 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.67 responses
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Bergen County Academies Reviews

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In terms of academics and college readiness, there is no doubt that BCA excels in this area. However, the culture at this school definitely can change. Stress and no sleep is basically a norm, it is almost odd to be getting more than 5 hours a day. It can cultivate an unhealthy mindset of what is failing or doing well. There have been instances of teachers embarrassing students in class for whatever grades they receive. Of course it's important to clarify that this does not make up the entirety of BCA. There are teachers, counselors, and faculty members that clearly care and have been nothing short of amazing. However, it's also important to note this school may not be the best place for mental wellness. In addition, there is a clear disconnect between the administrators and students. As far as activities, there is a lot of people to meet and a lot to be involved in, so take advantage of it. BCA has been mixed with the good and the bad. How to perceive it depends on you!
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One's time spent at BCA will heavily be influenced by their academy. Even though each academy has different workloads, there are some academies with bigger workloads than others, meaning students in those academies have to sacrifice more of their time to get the same high grades as students of other academies. Some classes are geared to a specific academy, meaning students only of a certain academy are allowed to take them. However, there are many clubs, electives, societies, and sports students can take to enrich themselves in various ways. Also, the school is structured like college, having multiple free times throughout a day, allowing students to relax, have fun, take extra classes, or work on schoolwork throughout the day. BCA's student environment can get very competitive, but at end of the day all the students are respected by others. The students thrive with the help of teachers, administrators, and, of course, their peers.
Bergen County Academies offers unparalleled opportunities for students to flourish. Run more like a college than a high school, gives students a great experience to be college ready. Trips to visit out of state colleges all over the country, and a Junior year weekend conference where college admission officers help students write their college essay. Classes of the highest level with opportunities for research, incredible arts and theater programs, and almost excessive parental involvement. Consistently ranked in the top High Schools in the nation, deservedly so.