UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Four high schools in Union County rank among the Top 500 in Newsweek's 2020 List of Top STEM High Schools in America.

America is a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators, and our economic vitality and national security depend on our sustaining that vibrant culture. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics—these are the fields in which our children need to be fluent. The STEM skills that only specialists have today will be expected of virtually everyone in the American workforce tomorrow.

That's why Newsweek, with its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions and societal challenges, partnered with STEM.org to rank America's Best STEM High Schools. We found schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students. -- Newsweek 

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Three of the four -- Union County Magnet School, Academy for Information Technology, and Academy for Allied Health Science -- are located in Scotch Plains at the UCVTS (VoTech) District on Raritan Road. Summit High School ranked No. 190, while nearby J.P. Stevens in Edison (Middlesex County) also cracked the list at No. 494.

72 Union County Magnet High School 95.58 Scotch Plains NJ
109 Academy for Information Technology 94.98 Scotch Plains NJ
190 Summit Senior High School 93.75 Summit NJ
246 Academy for Allied Health Science 93.01 Scotch Plains NJ
494 J.P. Stevens High School 89.38 Edison NJ

According to Newsweek, the Top 5 STEM High Schools in America are: School of Science and Engineering (Dallas), School for the Talented and Gifted (Dallas), Stanford Online High School (Redwood City, CA), Bronx High School of Science (Bronx, NY), and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Chicago).