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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Jersey City, NJ. It has 685 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
About Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School...
Address
123 Coles Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Telephone
(201) 418-7617
Website
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Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1310
381 responses
Average ACT
31
23 responses
AP Enrollment
77%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Median Household Income
$97,293
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,638
National
$949
Median Home Value
$518,292
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.30 responses
Poll
87%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 120 responses
Report
  • Open Mic
    23%
  • Pep ralley
    18%
  • Mr. academic
    18%
  • World Culture Day (Day before Christmas Break)
    10%
  • Sports Games
    10%
  • Fundraisers
    9%
  • Pie Day
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
685
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$84,723
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.9%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$25,537/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
23%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses
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Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School Reviews

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McNair High School is a mosaic of cultural diversity unmatched to any other institution where students embrace different ethnicities through clubs that bring awareness to minority groups. McNair was named the #1 high school in New Jersey and it truly lives up to its name. The curriculum is rigorous -- offering almost every AP course -- and prepares students well for college. This year, students were accepted to Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia and MIT. The teachers at McNair are what make the experience. They are the most caring individuals who work incredibly hard to make sure all students are taught to the highest of standards. Teachers stay after school until 8pm (all without pay too) to help students with their research projects in preparation for the annual county science fair. They truly love their job and students. Despite our accomplishments, we are a poorly funded school in dire need of better facilities.
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I love the diversity and unique culture you can find here at McNair! It's hard to find that type of experience elsewhere. However, we are severely underfunded. The bathroom facilities never work, the door handles break off and there are multiple classrooms where the paint job is unfinished or even peeling off but the district does nothing to help.
I love the diversity at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic. It truly creates a melting pot of cultures in the middle of downtown Jersey City, directly across the Hudson River from New York. Attending this school is a great privilege. Being the number one school is the state is an advantage because we numerous academic resources. For instance, over 25 AP classes are offered. This allows students to challenge themselves. With that being said, since it is a public school, funding is not great. The athletics aren't too strong, but in the academic perspective, the school is magnificent. One thing I would change would be the college readiness. Despite being academically prepared (as alumni confirmed), the process isn't so clear until we are already seniors. This gives us less time to process information and pace ourselves. Information should be given before senior year, with more guidance counselors so students have the opportunity to maintain a relationship and receive proper help.