Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 22, 2011

Three Union County Vo-Tech Schools Make Newsweek’s Top 500 Public High Schools List

Union County, NJ – Three out of the five schools in the Union County Vo-Tech Schools system have ranked among the top 500 public high schools in the nation, according to a new survey by Newsweek Magazine. The survey compared graduation rates, college matriculation, standardized test scores, and AP courses.

“The Newsweek survey validates what we already know: Union County offers some of the finest public education resources in the United States,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “Public education is a cornerstone of a free and democratic society, and the Freeholder Board is very proud to support each one of our five Vo-Tech schools.”

The three Vo-Tech schools included in Newsweek’s survey are the Academy for Allied Health Sciences (#70), Magnet High School (#74), and the Academy for Information Technology (#271).

Vo-Tech’s new Academy for Performing Arts is only three years old and was not eligible for the survey. The fifth school in the system, Vo-Tech High School, prepares students for careers in traditional and emerging trades.

“The Newsweek survey underscores the value of Union County’s commitment to excellence in public education,” said Vo-Tech Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Bistocchi. “In order for our country to advance economically, our schools need to prepare a new generation of students for new technologies and new challenges.”

Scanlon noted that each of Vo-Tech’s five schools serves a valuable purpose.

“Gaining this national recognition is uplifting, but it’s also important to recognize that Union County Vo-Tech operates as a unified system to serve the residents of Union County,” she said. “As a group, our five schools address important needs in our workforce and the surrounding metro region.”

The Vo-Tech schools compared well to other New Jersey schools that made the top 500 list. Of the 36 New Jersey schools included in the list, Allied Health ranked 5, Magnet High School ranked 6 and Information Technology ranked 23.

Four municipalities located in Union County also had schools included in the Top 500. These were Berkeley Heights (155), Westfield (156), Cranford (352) and Springfield (394).

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

The Academy for Information Technology is among three Union County Vo-Tech Schools included in Newsweek’s survey of the top public high schools in the U.S., along with Magnet High School and the Academy for Allied Health Sciences.

 

 

 

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