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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
    C+
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Jersey City, NJ. It has 699 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
123 Coles Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
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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
1320
441 responses
Average ACT
30
29 responses
AP Enrollment
77%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$103,408
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,769
National
$949
Median Home Value
$637,333
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.35 responses
Poll
83%
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 141 responses
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  • Open Mic
    19%
  • Mr. academic
    18%
  • Pep ralley
    16%
  • World Culture Day (Day before Christmas Break)
    11%
  • Sports Games
    11%
  • Fundraisers
    9%
  • 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
699
Free or Reduced Lunch
46%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$90,506
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.9%
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 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
$25,581/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.45 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.45 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.45 responses
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I like the many selections of courses, the amount of APs and the good teachers that help the students with whatever they need. The school is a very good environment and it is recommended that you attend this school because it is a public school, meaning its free. Also the teams that the school offers is of a vast variety, such as swimming, baseball, track and field, basketball, volleyball, and many more!
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My experience with Dr. Ronald E McNair Academic High School was definitely a unique one. I graduated class of 2019 and currently attend Penn State University with a major in Corporate Innovation. Throughout my time at McNair, I made use of extracurriculars like swimming, basketball, tennis, and volleyball. I utilized its resources with competing in model UN competitions, attending its career fairs, networking with its alumni, and most of all soaking in the ethnic diversity it prouds itself on. Being from Jersey City, NJ, I was used to moderate ethnic diversity, but McNair really opened my perspective. With racial quotas, it was hard to self-segregate by race, as it was so diverse it became irrelevant. On the other hand, I would like to see diversity in the form of perspective. Diversity of ethnic background is not the same as diversity in thought. When these different ideas come together, only then can change really become reality.
When I first applied as an eighth grader, I thought I would not get in. However, the shock of my acceptance letter was through the roof; I was ecstatic. As I progressed through McNair Academic for the past four years, I realized that the community allowed me to connect with others, make lasting relationships, and receive an excellent education that prepares me for college-level courses. Although the work load and lessons can be difficult at times, the teachers are always there to make sure the students understand them in the end; many offer after school assistance and have engaging methods of teaching.