Academies are modeled as small schools with a curriculum targeted to a career that meets very high academic standards. Academies offer high-level academic preparation focusing around career themes for students who qualify. Currently, the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies operates on the campus of Middlesex College in Edison. The Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences is in Woodbridge.
Admission to the academies is competitive. Students are selected based on grades, references, standardized test scores, and an interview on campus. Students must also endorse the philosophy of the school, which demands a commitment to a very rigorous program. Both academies have a core curriculum that is supplemented by coursework in the selected career field. A wide range of electives and co-curricular activities are available to students.
Guiding Principles of Academies
The career academies are designed for students with strong academic skills who plan to pursue a baccalaureate education. The mission of the academies is to provide a challenging curriculum in a technology-infused, structured learning environment. Studies are multi-disciplinary with technology integrated throughout each program. Students are afforded the opportunity to earn college credits through the Middlesex College High School Scholars program, as well as from Rutgers University and other postsecondary institutions.
Faculty, students and parents are empowered to be actively involved in a collaborative, interdisciplinary process in which students:
- Develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and presentation skills needed for living in the 21st century.
- Prepare to continue their education at the college level.
- Acquire a broad background in the humanities and the arts.
- Experience social, ethical and personal growth.
- Learn to use technology to access, organize, compile, analyze, and create new information.
Combining Academics and Technical Studies
As part of the requirement for graduation, seniors are required to participate in a senior project that promotes student-centered independent learning and establishes standards of academic/technical excellence. Students demonstrate a completed project that they design, construct and develop as a prototype model. Students must be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their prototype model through an oral presentation. This project promotes a higher level of academic and technical education that integrates instruction in their career major through the development and delivery of a prototype model.
All graduates have been accepted at very prestigious colleges and universities. While our students indicate they enjoy learning about careers in their chosen career field, a number of seniors express an interest in changing career fields or pursuing other interests in college. Because the curriculum is broad and academically challenging, they are well prepared for many careers and have many options. Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies graduates have been accepted and are attending many post-secondary colleges and universities including:
- Albright College, Pennsylvania
- Arcadia University, Pennsylvania
- Boston University, Massachusetts
- Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
- Claremont McKenna College, California
- Columbia University, New York
- Cornell University, New York
- C.W. Post-Long Island University, New York
- Drew University, New Jersey
- Drexel University, Pennsylvania
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida
- Florida Institute of Technology, Florida
- Franklin Pierce College, New Hampshire
- Full Sail College, Florida
- George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Hofstra University, New York
- Lehigh University, Pennsylvania
- LeTourneau University, Texas
- Long Island University, New York
- Manhattan College, New York
- Marist College, New York
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
- Middlesex College, New Jersey
- Montclair State University, New Jersey
- Moravian College, Pennsylvania
- Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania
- New Jersey Institute of Technology
- New York University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Polytechnic University, New York
- Princeton University, New Jersey
- Purdue University, Indiana
- Quinnipiac University, Connecticut
- Ramapo College of New Jersey
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York
- Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
- Rider University, New Jersey
- Roanoke College, Virginia
- Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
- Rose-Hulman Institute, Indiana
- Rowan University, New Jersey
- Rutgers, The State University, New Jersey
- Saint John’s University, New York
- Seton Hall University, New Jersey
- SUNY-Binghamton, New York
- Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey
- Syracuse University, New York
- The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
- The College of New Jersey
- Tuft’s University, Massachusetts
- Unity College of Maine
- University of California, UCLA/San Diego/Irvine
- University of Connecticut
- University of Delaware
- University of Hartford, Connecticut
- University of Illinois
- University of Maryland
- University of Michigan
- University of North Carolina
- University of Rhode Island
- University of Sciences, Pennsylvania
- University of Scranton, Pennsylvania
- University of Virginia
- Villanova University, Pennsylvania
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute
- Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts
- Wilkes Colleges, Pennsylvania