Best High Schools in New Jersey for 2021, as ranked by US News and World Report

US News and World Report recently released its rankings of best high schools in New Jersey in 2021. Jersey City Public Schools has two highly ranked high schools on the list. McNair Academic came in at 5th and Infinity Institute ranked 11th.

But how do they decide which high schools are the best? According to their high school ranking methodology, these rankings are based on the following:

  • 30% College Readiness – Percentage of high school seniors who took an AP or IB course and/or earned a qualifying score on an AP or IB exam
  • 20% Math and Reading Proficiency – scores on state assessments like the PARCC
  • 20% Math and Reading Performance – scores on state assessments like the PARCC, adjusted for the racial and economic backgrounds of the student population
  • 10% Underserved Student Performance – scores on state assessments like the PARCC for Black, Hispanic, and low income students, relative to the state average
  • 10% College Curriculum Breadth – percentage of students who took more than 1 AP or IB course and/or earned a qualifying score on an AP or IB exam

As a result of this methodology, these rankings reflect the type of students entering the high school and the selectivity of the admissions process. And it is important to note that these rankings are thus not necessarily a reflection of the quality of the instruction, but are likely a reflection of the academic environment and the abilities of the student body.

AEP and Infinity 2021-2022 Application and Exam Registration Form Available

Earlier this week, parents of public fifth grade students should have received information from their schools about the 2021-2022 AEP and Infinity application process. Students and parents of private and parochial schools in the area should also receive this information via their schools, as the Jersey City Public School District has disseminated this information to the administrative offices of these schools.

The OLSAT admissions test will be administered at 8am on May 1, 2021 or May 8, 2021 at each of the public elementary and grammar schools. Each school will choose one of the two test administration.

While parents and students received just over two weeks notice, some accommodations can be made to ensure every student living in the district as of the test dates has the opportunity to apply.

PS #3 made the following form available for PS #3 students to register to take the OLSAT exam at PS #3, but it seems clear that this form is for PS #3 students only.

Based on the AEP and Infinity application information provided by PS #3, the selection criteria for the middle school programs for the 2021-2022 school year will be:

  • Full year grades from prior years
  • Teacher letters of recommendation
  • OLSAT Exam results

Jersey City Schools to Reopen in Response to Parent Concerns

Parents of Jersey City delivered a clear message to the Jersey City Public Schools Superintendent and the Board of Education on Monday night. Upon hearing those concerns, the Board, the Superintendent, and the Teachers’ Union came together to deliver a compromise solution – a gradual reopening plan for Jersey City Public Schools for the current 2020-2021 school year.

Pre-K through third grade students will be able to attend in person classes beginning April 29, 2021. School will be dismissed at 12:45pm. There will be two cohorts of in person students and a third cohort of all-remote students. Families will be able to choose the hybrid program or the all-remote program. In person days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and Wednesdays will be remote learning days.

On May 10, in person schooling will tentatively resume for 4-8 grade and possibly for 9-12 grade as well.

The new agreement seems to better address the various concerns of parents heard at Monday’s public meeting, while still giving the all-remote option to parents who are not yet ready to send their children back to schools. Furthermore, it provides some comfort to parents that the school district is on track for a full reopening in September for the 2021-2022 school year.

It also seems to reflect the fact that the vast majority of educators were prepared to return to the district’s schools. Parents and educators alike agree there is more work to be done, but for now, it seems like the district is attempting to address the interests of all stakeholders with the goal of educating the city’s 30,000 students.

Superintendent Walker Explains Decision to Postpone Reopening and Commit Resources to Reopening Schools in September

“We want to focus our efforts and, most notably, our resources on a full in-person reopening in September this fall for the new school year 2021-2022.”

Click here for the full transcript of Superintendent Walker’s community address on the delayed reopening plan.

Accelerated Enrichment Program (AEP) Application Information for 2021-2022 to be Announced Thursday 22-Apr-2021

Superintendent Franklin Walker stated in the public JCBOE board meeting today that information about the AEP program application for 2021-2022 will be made available to school administrators this week, and information will be made available to parents on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

How did the Jersey City Board of Education Spend Over $8 million in CARES Act Money?

JCBOE has spent $8 million of nearly $11 million in CARES ACT money, according to CARES Act spending data disclosed at a recent public board meeting. How was it allocated? Here are some of the largest line items:

  • $1.355 million in air duct cleaning
  • over $1.1 million paid to Millenium Communications for technology
  • $532k in Aeramax air filtration systems for 6 priority schools (Liberty High School, PS #6, PS #24, PS #29, PS #38, and PS #37)
  • $478k for temperature kiosks
  • $221k for Chromebooks
  • $216k for student desk partitions
  • additional money spent on disinfecting supplies and personal protective equipment
  • another $1.387 million appears to be earmarked for additional Aeramax air filtration systems at other locations (PS #5, PS #8, PS #22, PS #23 Duncan Annex, PS #25, PS #30, PS #33, PS #34, PS #41, 70 Bright St)

Volunteer Opportunity with JerseyCityEd

JerseyCityEd is looking for student volunteers in Grades 8-11 to help develop our website to provide more information about public schools 🏫 , private schools, classes, sports ⚽️ , and other educational opportunities in Jersey City. If you have a child in high school or going into high school who is looking for a way to volunteer, this opportunity could be a great way to get involved in the community!

The volunteers would be asked to gather information from friends, teachers, parents, administrators, and business owners. The volunteers could choose from writing ✍️ posts/pages, creating videos 🎥 , taking photos 📸 , distributing surveys ✅ , managing social media, hosting events, attending school board meetings, and more.

Great way to “volunteer from home” and even get some valuable experience with real life work that could make an impact and look great on college applications. The ideal candidate would be self-motivated, interested in education, comfortable with writing. A student could even pair up with a friend and join our team together!

If you know someone who might be interested, please contact us!

McNair and Infinity Application 2021-2022 Update

Jersey City Public School students applying to either Infinity Institute or McNair Academic for the 2021-2022 school year will be assigned to one of multiple testing dates. Parochial, charter, and non-public school guidance counselors can get more information at a meeting on January 8, 2021 at 8:30am.

This JCBOE new announcement adds to information previously released about McNair and Infinity applications.