FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia
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SCOTCH PLAINS—The Union County Vocational Technical Schools system’s system's Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology scored consistently above state levels in many areas, including the third highest overall SAT results in the State, according to the NJ Department of Education’s recently released 2006-2007 School Report Card.

“We are very proud of our Vocational School system, which is one of the very best in the State, and region,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “Our Magnet High School merits particular attention. As someone who has worked for years in the educational field, I can appreciate the high quality education this school offers to our teenagers.”

A winner of the Governor’s School of Excellence Award, recipient of the NJ Star School designation, the Magnet High School, an Engineering career academy, has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon High School and by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top 20 “Public Elite” high schools in the country.

Approximately 280 students attend the Magnet High School and study a comprehensive course of engineering, mathematics, science and technology. Students follow a technology-based curriculum and are required to study Computer-Aided Drafting and Design and other engineering technology each year of high school. In addition, students begin earning college credits in their sophomore year through an articulation agreement with Union County College.

Since its inception in 1997, the high school boasts a 100 percent college placement rate, according to Dr. Thomas J. Bistocchi, Superintendent of the Union County Vocational Technical Schools.

"Our Vocational-Technical School System offers quality educational programs to all residents of Union County. Our state assessment scores on the HSPA and Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT's) are among the highest in New Jersey. We are equally proud that we are a good dollar value ranking 19th of 21 (county vocational-technical schools statewide) in per pupil spending with only Somerset and Ocean counties spending less," Bistocchi said. "We are getting more applications for admission than ever before as word about our offerings continues to spread."

The Magnet High School has seen 100 percent of its students pass the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment for eight years in a row. In addition, the Magnet School scored fourth highest in the state in 11th Grade Language Arts (67.6 percent); fifth highest in 11th grade science (76.5 percent); and third overall in top average scores on SATs (1929 average).

The District's second career academy, the Academy for Information Technology attracts students with a penchant for the field of Computer Science and information technology. The students are enrolled in rigorous high school academic courses and a college level technical training program in information technology. Students earn 15 college credits for computer science through an articulation agreement with Union County College.

AIT was recently recognized as a Silver medal winner by U.S. News and World Report in their recent recognition of American high schools. AIT was one of 15 schools recognized throughout New Jersey with either a gold or silver medal.

AIT also scored high on SAT scores at 1694, nearly 200 points above the state average, according to the Report Card prepared by the NJ Department of Education.

In 2005, the District opened its third career academy – the Academy for Allied Health Sciences, where students specialize in all aspects of the medical industry. Allied Health will graduate its first class in June, 2009 and also enjoys a college partnership with Union County College. In September, 2008, the District will open its fourth career academy, the Academy for Performing Arts in partnership with Kean University. Information for all district programs can be found at or by calling the admissions office at 908-889-8288, ext. 201.