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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
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Union County Magnet High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Scotch Plains, NJ. It has 303 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.

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
1390
183 responses
Average ACT
33
65 responses
AP Enrollment
47%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$128,890
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,509
National
$949
Median Home Value
$484,800
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
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Relay for Life Fund Raiser
    23%
  • Magnet Madness
    14%
  • Harvest Fest
    12%
  • Class Trips
    12%
  • Magnet Palooza
    9%
  • Coffee House
    9%
  • 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
303
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
31%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.4%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
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
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 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.
The Magnet High School community lives by four simple words: Think Positive, Stay Attractive. While it passes as a pun on our school’s name, it is a mentality that I have adopted since I walked through the main doors as a freshman. The seniors introduced us to clubs and got us involved in school events on campus, especially the spirit weeks. My guidance counselor arranged monthly meetings with all of us to know us as people and not just as students. Even our janitor, Bruce, is one of the most compassionate people around, always smiling and asking about our day when we cross paths in the halls.