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
    C+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Address
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Telephone
(908) 889-8288

Union County Magnet High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1360
108 responses
Average ACT
32
28 responses
AP Enrollment
48%

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.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 26 responses
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  • Relay for Life Fund Raiser
    31%
  • Magnet Madness
    12%
  • Harvest Fest
    12%
  • Coffee House
    8%
  • Intramural sports
    8%
  • Class Trips
    8%
  • AHA Day
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
290
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.5%
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
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.14 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
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Union County Magnet High School Reviews

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Culturally speaking, Magnet is a fairly competitive school: students tend to expect to get high grades and are distraught with low ones.
Though there are no sports at school, students can participate in sports at their home high school districts if they so choose, and the amount of extracurriculars on campus--from the successful FIRST Robotics team to the always-active Drama Club--are enough to keep everyone engaged.
Magnet, an engineering school, has classes specific to STEM majors that are not particularly useful outside of engineering disciplines; the likelihood of one using AutoCAD--computer software used for CAD--outside of an architectural occupation is unlikely, after all. For people interesting in engineering, it's a wonderful experience: the new Makerspace facilities opened up recently (a high-tech shop) and are open to all , and the new electives now available, such as Aerospace and Electrical, allow one to customize the experience to one's interests.
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There are virtually no "cliques" or selective groups in the school. With a grade of only 70-80 people, you have learn to learn to like everybody at least a little! There's no peer pressure to do drugs or anything at all; the only peer pressure experienced is peer pressure to "advance a math level" over the summer.

There are a few LGBT people and the school is accepting, though there are a few people from conservative backgrounds. It's a mostly hetero school though.

It's very diverse here and people are accepting of all races and backgrounds. Much more diverse than my hometown; never met a Filipino in school before Magnet surprisingly.
It's the top priority here. The teachers are all preparing you for the future in some way, some form. For example, my math class is a college level class and students who take higher level calculus in college struggle much less than others.

The workload gets tough at times and is easy at other times.

It is easy to schedule (at least for underclassmen) but there aren't that many choices for underclassmen. I didn't get to choose ANY classes for Freshman or Sophomore year. There's 1-2 choices later on, but compared to other high schools you get pushed onto a certain path. But they tell you that you're going to a specialized school, so don't come if you aren't interested at all in STEM and like art.

Popular classes? All of them because everyone takes the same ones! Unpopular ones include non-competitive electives such as Humanities, Film, Cartoon, and non-AP classes.