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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
    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 710 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
About Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School...
Address
123 Coles Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Telephone
(201) 418-7617

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
91%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1310
338 responses
Average ACT
30
17 responses
AP Enrollment
77%
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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
$60,703
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,233
National
$949
Median Home Value
$331,300
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.27 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 109 responses
Report
  • Open Mic
    24%
  • Mr. academic
    19%
  • Pep ralley
    19%
  • Sports Games
    10%
  • Fundraisers
    9%
  • World Culture Day (Day before Christmas Break)
    8%
  • Pie Day
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
710
Free or Reduced Lunch
50%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$86,180
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.9%
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$25,804/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School Reviews

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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.
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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.
It has been a tough 4 years in McNair Academic, but I believe that McNair is truly one of the most outstanding schools in Hudson County, if not, the state of New Jersey. Compared the other schools in Hudson County, McNair has the most available AP classes, and most of the secular subjects are honors courses, so you're practically in college already! McNair is not just exceptional in the realm of academics, but there is a sense of community that you cannot find at any other school. And as a member of the LGBTQ community, the acceptance and love I received from my peers made high school worthwhile.
However, the facilities available to the students are not entirely up to date, and not varied either. It's what you would expect out of any ordinary high school, but I feel as if there could be so much more for the "smartest kids in Jersey City". McNair also concentrates too much on academics and college, there should be an increase in focus in the arts, and also, school spirit.