About This School
In 2011, Dr Ronald MC Nair Acad High School had 16 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New Jersey average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Dr Ronald MC Nair Acad High School Reviews
While other schools might have flashy well-funded programs, McNair has consistently exceeded goals and expectations by sticking to the basics. The core strength of the program is a structured sequence of classes that force you to take courses that make you not just college-eligible, but college ready. The testing program, with yearly administration of the PSAT, and increasing support for SAT and HSPA position students with strong scores. The wide variety of AP offerings (24 currently), mostly honors courses, extensive extra-curricular offerings (many/most run on a volunteer basis by faculty advisers and students) and generally caring, mentoring staff make student transcripts and college apps strong. If you attend McNair and leave at 3:05, don't take more than 1 AP, don't seek help if you need it, and don't get to know one or more teachers well - you are going to feel shortchanged and frankly, maybe you chose the wrong school or you weren't ready for what the school required to get the full benefit. The school is designed for those who are serious about their education, have high ambitions for themselves, and are ready to put the work in. Yes the school is challenging, there are many rules, and there are high expectations for students- but there is a coherent design to build discipline, study skills, peer support, work ethic and a knowledge base that makes college transition much easier. The school is not perfect, part of that comes from lower funding (compared to other district schools who qualify for Federal/State NCLB money), working with fewer than the optimal number of teachers (once again, budget considerations), and playing catch up with technology (budget again). Teacher course loads and student class sizes can be on the high side, as is the case with any urban public school, which can compromise the ability of teachers to give total individual attention. If the District stopped putting McNair on the back burner because it is meeting AYP and realized how underfunded the school was, stopped tethering McNair to participate in District-wide programs that aren't really target goals for the school, and asked for input from the experienced staff, the high performance and record of results would be even stronger. All told, McNair provides an education that allows a student to stand toe-to-toe and thrive at any of the most highly competitive schools in the nation - provided the student put in their share of the work to get themselves there.
My daughter is a freshman at McNair and it's been an amazing experience for her. It's academically challenging, but the teachers are amazing of lend support whenever needed. She's taking tons of AP courses, and is on her way to a scholarship at a prestigious university.
I really didnt like this school AT ALL. some teachers that i have had this year were hor-ribble. they dont care abut the students and all they care about is just getting through the school year. Also, some teachers can just talk about their personal life the whole period and won't teach until the last 10 minutes of class. thats ridiculous. As far as safety, its pretty good. There havent been any fights really. I'm dreading coming to this school for another year.
Very structured and organized
McNair consistantly ranks as one of the best schools in New Jersey, News Week ranks McNair in the top 100 high schools year after year. A public school located in a poor urban community, the school is full of intelligent ethnically diverse students that desire the opportunity McNair represents. Most courses in McNair are either honors or AP thus preparing students for college classes. Most, if not all, graduates go into 4 year colleges. Classes at McNair are tough and challenging but rewarding. There are many extracurricular activities, many students are active in either sports or club activities.
Personally, I believe McNair to be the best school of the 5 Jersey City Public Schools. The classes may be hard, but they are rewarding, some students have graduated from McNair with enough college credit to enter Rutgers New Brunswick as a junior.
A common story heard over the United States is the lack of funding schools recieve, the same applies to McNair. Located in Jersey City, a poor urban area, the school's budget was once again cut while the number of incoming freshmen increase. However, McNair makes the best of it and continues to do its best to provide all students with the best quality education that all students deserve. Walking around McNair, you may hear conversations about Da Vinci or Shakespeare, the recent election or stem cell research, college search and career choices, the latest songs, tv shows, or movies, the Girl's Volleyball game after school or the Model UN meeting. The variety of topics discussed in McNair range from intellectual debates to friendly conversations. McNair students have many interests but never forget to enjoy life.
An excellent experience that I still cherish ten years after graduation.