School Details

Union Cty Magnet High School

1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 889-8288

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Public Grades 9-12 287 students 12 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Union County Vocational S School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess high school students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it
  • This school in 2013
  • Union County Vocational S School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Union Cty Magnet High School is a public high school in Scotch Plains. The principal of Union Cty Magnet High School is Ms Gwendolyn Seneschal, who can be contacted at 287 children attend Union Cty Magnet High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 8% of the 287 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Union Cty Magnet High School is 12:1. Academy For Allied Hlth Sci is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 16%
Hispanic 8% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 48%
Asian 24% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 17%
Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Union County Magnet High School is for the excellent student that is eager to learn and be prepared to go to college. You do not just decide you want to go there - you have to have high level grades and perform well on entry test to hopefully be selected to attend. The student to teacher relationship and coursework load is similar to the college environment. If you are fortunate to be accepted and ready to work and learn - you will graduate completely ready to be accepted to just about any college and go on to do well in college as well. The school is the same or better than any college prep academy except that it is free since it is part of the public school system for the county of Union. The best possible education and it's free - you cannot beat that!

  • (3 years ago)

    An exceptional school for those that are able to get in. Teachers work hard to make sure that the students understand the curriculum. Mostly all the kids are kind well-rounded students. One of the best in the country!

  • (3 years ago)

    Once you walk into Magnet you automatically know it's not your normal high school. The people here are SMART. The majority of the students' SAT scores were above 1950. It's not common to have 15 students (out of about 65) in your grade to be accepted into BU or Duke or even Princeton or Yale. You get to meet a lot of people too within Magnet and the rest of the UCVTS campus. Everyone's pretty nice and the teachers are good at what they do. If your town doesn't challenge you enough and you can pass the selective admission Magnet's a really good choice especially if you want to get into a good college.

  • (5 years ago)

    Competitive public high school for an education equivalent to that one would receive in an elite private high school high level of coursework small classrooms caring teachers great kids!

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from this school and had a great time. Its a great atmosphere because everyone there is a top student from their respective towns. So everyone there values education. After graduating I went to Rutgers University where I got my degree in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Bio-Mechanics. The building blocks I learned from the HS greatly prepared me for the rigors of the Engineering School and even now in the Operations Development Program I am in now.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school for those who really wish to achieve a lot in life...being that it is free it is a great school for under priviledged kids who wish to go far and a great alternative compared to the schools in their hometown which don't provide enough of a challenge.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son has received an excellent education from 'Magnet' high school and is well prepared for college. I have never seen such dedicated teachers. They are there early and stay late. It is not unusual for them to be there as late as 5 00 p.m. The teachers and principal are young and enthusiastic and the students relate well to them. The extracurricular activities have been expanding yearly and are sensitive to the requests of the students. There are many considering that this is a young school which will only be graduating it's 4th class. The guidance department is well informed and not only are they helpful to the students but are a great assistance with the parents too. If your child is lucky enough to get in and they are willing to work hard don't let this amazing opportunity pass you by.

  • (11 years ago)

    Magnet is providing my daughter with a wonderful education. The building is sparkling clean and there is first-rate technology in every classroom. The course load tends to get a little heavy at times but it teaches students excellent time management skills and prepares them for the rigorous studies at a University. If your child can get in go for it!

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