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

Bergen County Academies Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1430
233 responses
Average ACT
33
120 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
$11,890
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

Bergen County Academies Reviews

385 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
Bergen County Academies truly is an insane experience. There are so many opportunities, so many resources you can tap into, you just have to ask your upperclassmen and teachers to figure out where to look. For a student truly seeking to put in the time and effort, this school can work wonders. There is a reason it is rated as a top school in the country: It really does prepare students for college, and the real world.

That being said, it is a competitive and grueling school. Classes are hard, social activity is limited, and it can be very stressful at times. This school isn't for people who aren't ready for a challenge.

So overall, this school is amazing, but only if you're ready for a challenge and you're looking for an awesome academic experience.
I'm currently a senior at Bergen County Academies in Culinary. One of the few in the academy that actually likes cooking. The school in my opinion wasn't worth it, the colleges don't really care about the fancy school you went to or that all your classes were honors, AP, or IB. It is harder to keep up a high gpa and many of the teachers don't actually know how to teach so you end up teaching yourself much of the material. The atmosphere also isn't that of a typical high school, typical high schooler things are frowned upon and the eight hour days are killer. If you enjoy academic challenges and research this school is an amazing opportunity, it just wasn't right for me.