Arthur L. Johnson High School has a proven reputation of preparing students for successful futures. Given ALJ’s block schedule, a student-centered learning environment promotes educational growth at each grade level. Over 200 courses provide dynamic instruction to meet the needs of every student. With 24 advanced placement classes and over 25 honors classes, the school fosters a rigorous academic program. ALJ also offers AP Capstone™, which teaches independent research, collaboration, and communication skills. In combination with AP exam scores, this class can lead to the AP Capstone Diploma™ recognizing outstanding achievement of college-level academic and research skills.
In addition to AP classes, students have the benefit of earning college credit in several unique dual enrollment courses such as Holocaust and Genocide Studies through Kean University and the Tomorrow’s Teachers Internship Program through Rider University. Union County College offers up to six credits for students attending their dual enrollment program. Also, ALJ maintains a partnership with Union County Vocational School where students can gain real-world experience in a variety of fields from cosmetology to automotive technology.
ALJ students enjoy many exciting electives, including Conspiracy Theories Throughout History, Forensic Explorations, and Marine Biology; all of which provide a chance to deeply explore a specific content area. Some new changes for the 17-18 school year include additions like Engineering-Design Thinking, New Jersey History, and American Sign Language 2.
From before applications even go out to acceptance, students are supported throughout the entire college and career planning process. Our ALJ Guidance Department ensures that every student has a plan in place post-graduation. Nearly 90% of ALJ graduates pursue two- or four-year colleges. Our students are accepted into highly competitive schools including Boston College, Stevens Institute, Villanova University, and Bucknell University. They are also involved in challenging academic programs at their selected schools. Last year, an ALJ student was accepted to the University of the Sciences Dual-Degree Doctor of Osteopathy program. Only three students among hundreds of applicants were admitted.
At ALJ, learning continues outside of the classroom as well. Given the variety of experiences provided, our students learn valuable skills while forging new relationships. There are 23 athletic programs with 38 teams. Our Crusader sports teams have won multiple state, conference, and county championships. Offering over 30 clubs and activities from Student Council to Science Olympiad, every student has an opportunity to get involved in the school community. ALJ Today, our student-run news show, provides students with the opportunity to write, anchor, and direct a news program. For those interested in developing their writing skills, students can choose to work on the yearbook (The Lance), the school newspaper (The Crusader Today Blog), or the school literary magazine (The Quest). The arts also play an important role at ALJ with the school offering activities such as Marching Band, Drama Club, and Drawing Club. By joining organizations like Key Club or becoming a Peer Leader, ALJ students show their dedication to servicing their school and local communities.
When asked about her experience at ALJ, Julia Melao, a senior, stated, “The motivation my teachers provided me throughout high school has helped me be successful. They also encouraged me to get involved in extracurriculars; there is really something for everyone. I was able to branch out, learn new things, and meet new people. ALJ has definitely shaped me into the person I am and has fully prepared me for the future.”
Arthur L. Johnson High School is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The school has been recognized by Newsweek magazine as a Top American Public High School, by College Board as a District of the Year for success on Advanced Placement exams, and as one of America’s Best High Schools That Challenge Their Student to Excellence as reported by The Washington Post.
Superintendent of Schools Edward Grande stated, “ALJ has a superior program that is second to no other in preparing its students for college and future careers. I encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about our offerings to contact us.”
Learn more about Crusader Pride by visiting the ALJ website http://alj.clarkschools.org to review our 2017-18 Program of Studies and watch our Open House video.