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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
    B+
  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 1,059 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Address
200 Hackensack Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Bergen County Academies Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1450
312 responses
Average ACT
33
166 responses
AP Enrollment
43%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    B
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$56,222
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,318
National
$949
Median Home Value
$291,500
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.38 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.38 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 118 responses
Report
  • ASSEMBLIES
    24%
  • Field Day
    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
1,059
Free or Reduced Lunch
4%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,722
Teachers in First/Second Year
4%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.59 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.59 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.59 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
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.66 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.66 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.66 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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The challenging, competitive atmosphere of Bergen County Academies (BCA) provided students with a rigorous environment similar to what they would experience in college. In this way, BCA prepares students for the amount of coursework and the level of difficulty that they will ultimately face during their college career. However, while some teachers are extremely knowledgable in their respective fields, many do not teach well and do not encourage students to pursue their interests due to the amount of difficulty and confusion that they encounter during the course. Additionally, there is a heavy focus on STEM rather than the humanities. The STEM courses offered have more resources and are given more attention than the humanities courses. The student counseling offered at BCA has also been known to be unhelpful, and discourages students to reach out during their struggles.
Bergen County Academies is a school that will definitely prepare you for life. This idea of an institution where students are focused on their education builds an atmosphere that is upbuilding and inspirational for all. After the competitive application, the number of resources and opportunities are endless for anyone. The clubs, projects, and electives distinguish BCA by offering courses that fit with all interests. In addition, the free time in between classes makes this school seem more manageable and convenient. Also, the sports here are incredible but require a lot of commitment. In reality, however, BCA is overwhelming as the rigorous classes, successful and intelligent teachers, and high standards placed upon the students make life seem impossible to conquer. However, I think BCA puts this stress on us, the students, in order for us to prepare for real life. This means that the complexity of this school makes our future seem brighter, more accessible, and approachable.