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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering is a top rated, public school located in Rockaway, NJ. It has 97 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in reading.
About The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering...
Address
520 West Main Street
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Telephone
(973) 664-2301

The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1500
36 responses
Average ACT
34
16 responses
AP Enrollment
64%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    C
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$79,602
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,230
National
$949
Median Home Value
$336,600
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Battle of the Classes
    40%
  • Knolls-Hills Football games
    40%
  • Spirit Week
    20%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
97
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,847
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
43%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering Reviews

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The whole curriculum is well thought-out and does a great job setting up students for success in STEM-oriented fields. The students are all very intelligent and motivated to do well. While this can lead to competition between students, the small class size (although it has expanded since I graduated) and the joint camaraderie of going through this unique experience offsets this somewhat.

Where the Academy continues to have issues is in teaching quality and diversity. While there are many teachers who care about the students and their teaching, there are many others who are more than happy to coast on the students' hard-working tendencies and do little in the way of real teaching. Furthermore, the demographic profile is extremely homogenous - the vast majority of students are high-income, and the class is roughly 60-70% Asian.

All in all, while its self-driven nature and rigorous curriculum isn’t for everyone, if you're passionate about STEM this is a great place to learn and grow.
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This school is pretty outstanding for a school that does not get a reputation it deserves. The course is rigorous and yes it challenges their students but is sometimes overbearing as it does not leave time for extra curriculum activities. Honestly, the teachers give pretty hard tests and the CAD classes are great and ahead of its time.
The only problem is the diversity. The majority of the school is Asian and it can be very different for students to adjust to.
Also fitting in at Morris Hills can be difficult in the beginning but it is overall a school that is worth it.
So far in my career as a high school student attending the Academy For Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, I have had many pleasant experiences and many learning opportunities. This school maintains its academic reputation with challenging courses and a huge workload, but it also is unique in the regard of class size. In my 26 student class, we have made bonds that extend out of the classroom, and are beneficial in developing each of us as human beings. Some of the teachers, such as Mr. Schuenzel, also focus on teaching lessons about life instead of only reading the scripted lesson plan. However, this style of school is both a blessing and a curse, as it places immense amounts of stress on the students. Many of my friends are forced to ruin their sleep schedules and cancel social plans to study. In addition, the school administration assumes that students who join this program have already decided their career path in Engineering, and there is very little exposure to other fields.