FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 9, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

Union County Vo-Tech Schools Make 2012 List of Best High Schools


The Academy for Information Technology, one of five high schools at the Union County Vo-Tech Schools campus on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.       (photo: Union County Vo-Tech Schools)

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that four of the five Union County Vo-Tech high schools have been named among the top high schools in the nation by the annual U.S. News & World Report school survey.

“Our Union County Vo-Tech schools continue to earn outstanding recognition because the students, faculty, staff and parents work together with community stakeholders to foster a supportive yet challenging learning environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We are all very proud of their efforts.”

The nationwide survey recognized the top 500 schools with a Gold Medal award, and it recognized other outstanding schools with Silver and Bronze medals. In all, 82 New Jersey high schools achieved one of the three medals.

“Throughout the Vo-Tech campus, our faculty and staff work to ensure that our students are prepared to enter a challenging world, with solid academic and career skills and also with the kind of teamwork skills that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives,” said Dr. Thomas J. Bistocchi, the Vo-Tech Superintendent of Schools.

Vo-Tech had three schools in the Gold Medal category: the Academy of Allied Health Sciences (AIT), which placed #4 in New Jersey and #106 nationally, Magnet High School ( #13 in New Jersey and #243 nationally), and the Academy for Information Technology ( #27 in New Jersey and #443 nationally.

This is the second year in a row that AIT and Magnet have been recognized with a Gold Medal. Last year, Allied Health earned a Silver Medal.

This year’s survey also included a fourth Vo-Tech school, UC Tech High School, which was recognized with a Bronze Medal. UC Tech prepares students for careers in traditional and emerging vocations such as new electric vehicle technology.

Vo-Tech’s fifth school, The Academy for Performing Arts, was not included in the annual survey because it is a new school.

The complete survey is available online at usnews.com.

Last year, AIT, Magnet High School and Allied Health also made Newsweek’s list of the top 500 public high schools in the nation. UC Tech and Performing Arts were not included in that survey.

For more information about Union County Vo-Tech Schools, visit ucnj.org or www.ucvts.tec.nj.us/ucvts.

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