Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences

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Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Type Public high school
Established September 2005
School district Union County Vocational Technical Schools
Principal Walt Smolenski
Faculty 15.9 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 251 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 15.75:1[1]
Color(s) Maroon and Gold

The Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences (UCAAHS) is a full-time Vocational public high school, located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, United States. This school is a career academy on the Union County Vocational Technical Schools Campus, which also includes the Academy for Information Technology, Union County Magnet High School, Academy for Performing Arts, and the Union County Vocational Technical High School.

The Academy is dedicated to the education of students in the field of Allied Health Sciences, as part of the Union County Vocational Technical Schools. The school was founded September 2005.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 251 students and 15.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.75:1. There were 31 students (12.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 18 (7.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 202nd in the nation among participating public high schools and 14th among schools in New Jersey.[2] The school was ranked 167th in the nation and 11th in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based primarily on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with lesser factors based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, average AP/IB scores and the number of AP/IB courses available to students.[3] It was ranked 70th by Newsweek magazine in its 2011 list of America's Best High Schools.[4]

As a public high school in the state of New Jersey, the Academy for Allied Health Sciences complies with state mandated High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) testing for its Junior students. Since inception, 100% of students at the Academy for Allied Health Sciences earn passing scores. For the Class of 2010, 49.2% of students received scores of Advanced Proficiency in the Language Arts section, while 79.7% of students received scores of Advanced Proficiency in the Mathematics section. These figures are among the highest in the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school as one of 16 schools tied for first out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (unchanged from the 2010 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy (100.0%) and mathematics (100.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[5]

Application and admission[edit]

The Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences is highly selective, application-only school. Applicants must be in high academic standing. As part of the application process, it is mandatory to attend an "Information Session", and then take a two part entrance exam, consisting of English and Math sections. This is the same exam taken by all applicants to a UCVTS school (includes Union County Magnet High School, Academy for Performing Arts, Academy for Information Technology, and the Union County Vocational Technical High School) . Admission is very competitive, with approximately 5-7 students selected each year from every town in Union County.

Admissions is based on a scale of 0-10 the following criteria:

  • Grade point average - 7th grade
  • Grade point average - 8th grade 1st marking period
  • Standardized Test Score for Mathematics - 7th grade
  • Standardized Test Score for Language Arts Literacy - 7th grade
  • Admissions Assessment for Mathematics
  • Admissions Assessment for Language Arts

The sum of these criteria (each put on a scale of 0-10) represents your score, and your placement among other applicants is decided upon using your score. It is possible to calculate your score for each of the criteria save for that of the admissions assessments.

The process of being accepted is as following

  • Attendance at an information session
  • Submissions of an application and transcripts to the admissions office
  • Admissions examination - Mid January
  • Notification of acceptance - April 1


Graduation requirements include:

Mathematics - 4 years

  • Combined Algebra (1 & 2)
  • Geometry/Trigonometry
  • Math Analysis
  • AP Calculus I/AB, AP Calculus II/BC, Multivariable Calculus, Probability and Statistics

Science - 4 years

  • Biology & Foundations of Science
  • Chemistry & Anatomy and Physiology
  • Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Food Science, Forensic Science
  • Psychology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Ecology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Biology

Language Arts - 4 years

  • English I- World Literature
  • English II- Early American Literature
  • English III- American Literature II
  • English IV- British Literature or AP English

Fitness/Health - 4 years

World Language: Spanish - 3 years

  • Spanish I, II, III, IV & AP Spanish

Social Studies - 3 years

Visual & Performing Arts - 1 year

  • Dance I (Equivalent of Half-year)
  • Dance II (Equivalent of Half-year)

The Allied Health Component of UC AAHS includes:



  • Fundamentals of Health and Disease & Community Health
  • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer



  • EMT-Basic Certification from UCC
  • Senior Internship

State and college entrance exams[edit]

With respect to PSAT and SAT scores, students consistently receive National Merit Commendations annually, while SAT score ranges are significantly above state averages. For the Class of 2009, the following average scores were reported. 87% of students in the Class of 2009 had taken the SAT by the time the School Report Card for 2008-2009 was published.

Mathematics: 613 Critical Reading: 592 Writing: 608


The Academy for Allied Health Sciences has sent students to the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) National Leadership Conference. Awards include Gold and Silver medals in Creative Problem Solving and Medical Reading, along with top 10 finishes in a number of other competitions.

In addition, the Academy for Allied Health Sciences and Magnet High School, were named the #1 youth per capita in the nation by the American Cancer Society for their fundraising efforts at their Relay for Life event.

Students at the Academy for Allied Health Sciences have been selected for the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar, the New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences and the New Jersey Governor's School on the Environment, National Achievement Finalists, National Merit Commendations, and the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Acad For Allied Hlth Sci, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Staff. "America's Best High Schools 2012", The Daily Beast / Newsweek, May 20, 2012. Accessed May 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2011". Newsweek. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  5. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 20, 2012.

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