• Academies

    Academies Overview

    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, an Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies operates on the Campus of Middlesex County College in Edison. Our Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences at our Woodbridge location is in its fourth year of operation.

    While admission to the academies is competitive, the student population mirrors the demographics of the county. 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. All 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 County College High School Scholars program.

    Benefits

    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.

    Fostering Success

    All graduates have been accepted at very prestigious two and four-year colleges and universities. While our students indicated they enjoyed 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. Our 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, Georgia
    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, MA
    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, MA 
    Middlesex County College, New Jersey 
    Montclair State University, New Jersey
    Moravian College, Pennsylvania
    Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania 
    New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey
    New York University, New York 
    Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania
    Polytechnic University, New York 
    Princeton University, New Jersey
    Purdue University, Indiana
    Quinnipiac University, Connecticut 
    Ramapo College of New Jersey, New Jersey
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York
    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 DC
    The College of New Jersey, New Jersey
    The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, NJ
    Tuft’s University, Massachusetts 
    Unity College of Maine, Maine
    University of California, UCLA/San Diego/Irvine, CA
    University of Connecticut, Connecticut
    University of Delaware, Delaware
    University of Hartford, Connecticut 
    University of Illinois, Illinois
    University of Maryland, Maryland
    University of Michigan, Michigan
    University of North Carolina, North  Carolina
    University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island
    University of Sciences, Pennsylvania 
    University of Scranton, Pennsylvania 
    University of Virginia, Virginia
    Villanova University, Pennsylvania 
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia
    Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts 
    Wilkes Colleges, Pennsylvania