High Tech High School

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This article is about the school in North Bergen, New Jersey. For the school in Lincroft, New Jersey, see High Technology High School. For other uses, see High Tech High (disambiguation).
High Tech High School
High Tech High School is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
High Tech High School
High Tech High School
High Tech High School is located in New Jersey
High Tech High School
High Tech High School
High Tech High School is located in the US
High Tech High School
High Tech High School
2000 85th Street
North Bergen, NJ 07047
Type Magnet public high school
Established 1991
Principal Joseph Giammarella
Faculty 70.9 FTEs[1]
Enrollment 835 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 11.8:1[1]
Color(s) Teal and Purple          
Team name Lasercats

High Tech High School is a full-time magnet public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in North Bergen, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Hudson County Schools of Technology. Since its establishment in 1991, High Tech High School has been named a Top Ten High School, a Governor's School of Excellence, a New Jersey Star School (twice) and has been cited by New Jersey Monthly magazine as one of the state's great public high schools.[2] The school is noted for success in the sciences and in the performing arts (winning several awards in both fields).

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 835 students and 70.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.8:1. There were 258 students (30.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 102 (12.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition, and rankings[edit]

Awards received by High Tech High School include:[2]

  • Business Insider, using data from the 2015 Niche rankings, ranked High Tech High School 21st on its 2014 list of the "25 best public high school in the United States".[3][4]
  • In September 2013, the school was one of 15 in New Jersey to be recognized by the United States Department of Education as part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, an award called the "most prestigious honor in the United States' education system" and which Education Secretary Arne Duncan described as schools that "represent examples of educational excellence".[5][6]
  • In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 436th in the nation among participating public high schools and 36th among schools in New Jersey.[7]
  • Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 29th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 10 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (92.3%) and language arts literacy (100.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[8]
  • In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 49th in New Jersey and 1,516th nationwide.[9]
  • 2003 Governor's School of Excellence[10]
  • 2002 School Leader Award, NJ School Boards Association
  • 2001 Best High School Musical, Director, Costumes - Paper Mill Playhouse
  • 2000 2000 National Student Community Service Award - SkillsUSA
  • 1999 100 Top Wired Schools in the US by FamilyPC Magazine
  • 1998 New Jersey Star School by NJ Department of Education.[11]
  • 1997 Flagship School for Exemplary Video Journalism by Channel One
  • 1996 Best Practices in World Languages by the New Jersey Department of Education
  • 1995 New Jersey Star School by New Jersey Department of Education.[12]
  • 1995 10 Best Overall Schools in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 1994 Philanthropic Corporate Award by Panasonic, Matsushita
  • 1993 Outstanding Program Award by NJASCD
  • 1992 School Leadership Exemplary Program Award by NJSBA
  • 1992 NJ State National Blue Ribbon Nominee, New Jersey Department of Education
  • 1992 School Leader Award Competition, NJ School Boards' Association
  • 1991 Model Parental Involvement Program Award by NJSBA


High Tech High School was founded in 1991 by the Hudson County Schools of Technology school district to provide Hudson County residents with a quality public education in a technology based environment. The high school has grown from 30 students in 1991 to 480 students in present school year. High Tech has been able to maintain a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Hudson County is the smallest of New Jersey's 21 counties. Highly urbanized and densely populated, the 2000 census ranked this area as fourth in the nation on the ethnicity index. As a regional magnet school, High Tech draws on its diverse student population from the 12 towns and cities within the county. The average expenditure per student is $14,760 and is derived from federal, state, and county aid. High Tech High School is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education.[13] 43% of the student body is Hispanic, 32% is Caucasian, 16% is Asian/Pacific Islander, and 9% is African American.[14]


The High Tech Lasercats had competed in the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association (HCIAA), which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County. The league operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[15]

High Tech has few sports teams, including girls' and boys' tennis, bowling, a judo club and basketball. Their best, however, continues to be their soccer team. This included a five-year run of county championships (2004-2008).

The girls' softball team won the 2008 North I, Group II state sectional championship, defeating Hoboken High School 3-1 in the tournament final.[16] The team won the first round of the Group I state championship with a 4-2 win over Pompton Lakes High School 4-2, before falling to Pennsville Memorial High School by a score of 8-2 in the final game.[17]

On March 12, 2010, mayors from all 12 municipalities in Hudson County signed a petition stating that High Tech High School and County Prep High School should eliminate their sports programs because of budget cuts.[18] On April 22, 2010; it was revealed in the new budget that sports were cut from both schools for the 2010-11 school year.[19] The students attending High Tech High School at the time that the petition was signed (graduating classes 2010 to 2014) demonstrated their deep disapproval towards Hudson County's decision during the spring of 2010. Many seniors of the Class of 2010 risked their ability to graduate in order to participate in the walk-out that occurred.


At High Tech, Juniors are required to have 80 minutes of a major per day, and Seniors are required to have 120 minutes (2 hours) of a major per day:[20]

  • Architecture
  • Music and Audio Tech
  • Automotive Tech
  • Broadcasting
  • CADA
  • Dance
  • Studio Arts
  • Musical Theatre
  • Drama
  • TV Production
  • Science
  • Computational Fundamentals
  • Culinary Arts
  • Graphic Arts

AACT program[edit]

The Academy of Architectural and Contemporary Themes, which opened in September 2006, is an academy within High Tech High School. This non-traditional learning environment is devoted to inquiry-based learning within small, personalized learning communities; students think critically and problem solve through standards-aligned interdisciplinary projects and seminars, performance-based assessment, real-world learning, and differentiated instruction. Group dynamics, writing proficiencies, project planning, and task completion skills are honed through projects. A "Personal Education Plan" is created for each student. Through modeling, facilitators teach the importance of equity, democracy, success, and lifelong learning.

Student government and Newspaper[edit]

According to the school's website, "The High Student Government provides the main forum for discussing student concerns and ideas.[21] The student government consists of four student councils (one each for the freshman class, the sophomore class, the junior class, and the senior class). Student government meetings are attended by these four councils, the student government counselor, the Principal, the Vice Principal, and representatives from various departments, such as the cafeteria, maintenance, transportation, etc. In addition, student councils from new programs such as AACT are also present. Each student council consists of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a homeroom representative from each homeroom. In addition, representatives-at-large are occasionally appointed by the President. Each council also has one-two faculty advisors.

The Laser (thelaser.org) is High Tech's online school newspaper. Students in the Digital Publishing / Journalism LEAP course manage it, and all students that produce material within the criteria stated on the site can contribute. The social media extension is @The_Laser on Twitter.


  1. ^ a b c d School data for High Tech High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Awards, High Tech High School. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Stanger, Melissa; and Robinson, Melia. "The 25 Best Public High Schools In The US", Business Insider, November 4, 2014. Accessed January 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Best Public High Schools in America, Niche (company). Accessed January 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Rundquist, Jeanette. "15 N.J. schools named as national 'Blue Ribbon' winners", The Star-Ledger, September 24, 2013. Accessed September 25, 2013. "Five Catholic schools, six county vocational-technical schools and a Yeshiva are among the list of honored schools in New Jersey. Also named as 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools were Dover, Harrison and Wildwood high schools."
  6. ^ 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, pp. 15-17. United States Department of Education, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed September 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  8. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 24, 2012.
  9. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: High Tech High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 9, 2011.
  10. ^ McGREEVEY CELEBRATES SCHOOLS THAT ARE "GETTING IT RIGHT" Schools of Excellence Winners Demonstrate Effectiveness of Governor's Education Priorities, New Jersey Department of Education press release dated November 21, 2003
  11. ^ Star School Award Program 1997-98, accessed February 3, 2007
  12. ^ Star School Award Program 1994-95, accessed February 3, 2007
  13. ^ About Us, High tech High School. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  14. ^ Student Teacher Ratio High Tech High School - North Bergen, New Jersey - NJ
  15. ^ Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 15, 2007.
  16. ^ 2008 Softball Tournament - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
  17. ^ 2008 Softball Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
  18. ^ Arrue, Karina. "Hudson County mayors: Let's get rid of sports programs at County Prep and High Tech", The Jersey Journal, March 12, 2010. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  19. ^ Arrue, Karina L. "No funding for athletics in next year's budget for Hudson County Schools of Technology", The Jersey Journal, April 24, 2010. Accessed June 13, 2011. "The Hudson County Schools of Technology's board of trustees approved a $45.7 million budget Thursday night. The budget for next year eliminates the entire athletics departments at its two schools - County Prep in Jersey City and High Tech High School in North Bergen - for a savings of $368,000."
  20. ^ High Tech High School - Majors, High Tech High School.
  21. ^ Student Governments, High Tech High School.

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