A+
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
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School is an elite, 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.

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
1300
281 responses
Average ACT
30
13 responses
AP Enrollment
65%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    B
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%
  • Pep ralley
    19%
  • Mr. academic
    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
9.5%
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
Very 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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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.
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McNair is a great school in terms of academics, and it serves as a relatively safe and diverse environment in which we can interact with other students. For this reason, I believe that the school and it's faculty are for putting in their all towards making sure that we students succeed and that we are happy deserve more than the public school district has been offering. We make the best use of the resources already allocated to us, however, other schools within our district tend to get a bigger budget whereas our school has to deal with contaminated water fountains, subpar restrooms, a variety of other plumbing issues, lack of ventilation and air conditioners when nearing the summer, outdated textbooks, and etc.
McNair has an extremely rigorous curriculum which prepares students for the future colleges of their choice. I myself believe that McNair is a pretty great High School with great diversity and courses offered. The work environment can be considered very stressful, but with the right mindset, can be easy to get through. Most of the teachers are pretty great, but some of them lack in the ability to discipline students or to control them. There is a large variety of clubs and sports that one can easily make their niche with, however the new administration is very unfair and unsupportive compared to the old one and is hard to work with when you are managing a club. But for the most part McNair itself is an amazing school which allows you to grow to your full academic potential.