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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
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Union County Magnet High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Scotch Plains, NJ. It has 298 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
About Union County Magnet High School...
Address
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Telephone
(908) 889-8288
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Union County Magnet High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1380
157 responses
Average ACT
32
48 responses
AP Enrollment
47%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$117,765
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,481
National
$949
Median Home Value
$481,500
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Relay for Life Fund Raiser
    27%
  • Magnet Madness
    14%
  • Harvest Fest
    11%
  • Class Trips
    11%
  • Coffee House
    8%
  • Magnet Palooza
    8%
  • Intramural sports
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
298
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.4%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
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
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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Union County Magnet High School Reviews

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Union County Magnet High School is an excellent school! The student community feels like family and the teachers are available to their students often. It’s a very safe environment both physically and emotionally. There are no sports through Magnet, but students can participate in the programs of their “sending districts”, which is nice. It would be great if they fixed the sinks in the bathrooms, but other than that there isn’t much to complain about.
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Union County Magnet High School is a diverse but tight-knit community of brilliant faculty and students. Class sizes are small, and you really get to know everyone you meet - you'll quickly see that the students are friendly, motivated, and enthusiastic. The clubs and activities they lead, especially the STEM-related ones like Robotics and Science Olympiad, are a lot of fun - and of course great learning experiences! The school offers so much support for students, whether through funding, resources (like the brand new makerspace and on-campus fitness centers), or fantastic guidance counselors.
Although academics and the culture at Magnet can be overwhelming at times, it is still a great school. I feel like the competitive culture helped me become a better student and person. Even though the school is very STEM orientated, there are still activities where students are able to express their creativity (board decorating, creativity corner) and there are many fun events throughout the school year. The teachers are great, and even though classes are hard they are very enjoyable. Overall, I am very happy I went to Magnet and think it is a great school.