High Tech High School is a Hudson County School of Technology located in Secaucus, NJ since the Fall of 2018 (not to be confused with High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ). It was a US DOE Blue Ribbon School in 2013 and has ranked in the top 5% of high schools in the country. It enrolled 1171 students in 2019-2020, with 267 to 316 students per grade.
High Tech Admissions
Students in 8th grade apply to High Tech High School in the fall and receive notification of their acceptance in February. The school reviews middle school grades, PSAT scores, attendance, teacher recommendations, and an essay. A portfolio is recommended and an audition is required for students applying to the Performing Arts Academy. The school strives to have a student population that reasonably resembles the demographics of Hudson County. Students can simultaneously apply to County Prep High School using the same online application by completing an additional essay.
High Tech Student Demographics
In 2019-2020, females comprised 64.5% of the total student population of 1171, with only 35.5% males. High Tech’s Racial and Ethnic breakdown in 2019-2020 was as follows:
- Hispanic 42.9%
- White 30.5%
- Asian 16.0%
- Black 8.4%
- Other 2.3%
High Tech Curriculum
High Tech High School students focus on coursework from one of five different Academies, while also completing the traditional high school graduation requirements:
Technology & Visual Arts
Design & Fabrication
Applied Sciences (Biomedical Science or Environmental Science)
Average PSAT Score: 1020 out of 1520 (vs. state average of 950)
Average SAT Score: 1160 out of 1600 (vs. state average of 1070)
High Tech Sports
As a county school, it does not have its own interscholastic sports program, but it does offer intramural sports, including football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, judo, weight training, and crossfit. About 35% of students participate in intramural sports.
What do parents like about this school?
High Tech High School allows students to focus on their areas of interest in an applied learning environment. The campus will be brand new in the fall of 2018. Moreover, the high school has been recognized as a top high school in New Jersey and in the United States. Technology is an integral part of the school, and each classroom has Smart Boards. All students use Chromebooks or personal devices. Students from High Tech High School have been accepted to Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford, Notre Dame, and Yale.