Bergen County Academies is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Hackensack, NJ. It has 1,098 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.44 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.44 responses
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.48 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.48 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.65 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.65 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.65 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.72 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.72 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.72 responses
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Bergen County Academies Reviews
I loved the culture here. It's so easy to make friends! I thought I might have a tough time, but I already had so many on the first day of school. Also, the staff are so supportive. They always push you to do your best and your happiness and safety are their number one concerns. Plus, the opportunities here are endless! Research is so beneficial to have on a college transcript and there are so many types of research one can do. My favorite part about this school are the free periods that are built into my schedule. It's so nice to have a break during the stressful school day.
The food was horrifyingly bad and there were very few ways to obtain good food once on campus. BCA should get rid of the corporate contracts for the cafeteria/vending machines and bring in fresh local food that the students would eat in their respective neighborhoods. No one cared very much about sports. There was a handful of outliers, but on average, more people cared about theater or math team.. or any of the other million clubs and activities that were available. Problems notwithstanding, BCA is the best high school in New Jersey for intellectual rigor and student diversity. Expensive private schools exist but don't come anywhere near BCA's socioeconomic diversity/brainpower. The popular rankings methodologies focus on AP/IB courses, but the better classes at BCA rival or surpass those at the vast majority of colleges. Admissions should be far more purely meritocratic than they have been, but the corrupt, racist head of admissions has passed away, so maybe things have changed.
I am a junior in AMST. While BCA is far from perfect, I wouldn't want to be in any other school. I have met so many amazing people, students and teachers alike, and learned more than I could have ever learned in my town high school. The students are generally very open-minded and supportive, especially about topics like mental health and LGBTQIA+. The biggest issues I have are the negligence of administration and parts of the school culture. The administration is a frequent cause of complaint because they frequently fail to listen to the students, and fail to inform both students and staff of what's going on. On school culture, sleep deprivation isn't viewed quite as negatively as it should, and there's a general attitude from adults that having fun equals laziness, no matter what they say to the contrary. But overall, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else and I highly recommend BCA for anyone who is dedicated to learning.