Academy of Allied Health & Science
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|Academy of Allied Health and Science|
|2325 Heck Avenue
Neptune, NJ 07753
|Type||Magnet public high school|
|School district||Monmouth County Vocational School District|
|Faculty||25.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||289 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.56:1|
The Academy of Allied Health and Science (AAHS), established in 1996, is a small magnet public high school located in Neptune Township, in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The school is currently one of five career academies offered by the Monmouth County Vocational School District. This high school is based upon the expansion of medical knowledge for teenagers who want to pursue medical careers. Proximity to Jersey Shore University Medical Center provides students with hands-on training in a hospital setting. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1999.
The school admits top students from Monmouth County, accepting about 70-75 per year. All classes taken by students within the school are accelerated, honors-level classes. Students who attend this school tend to score in high percentiles on most standardized tests and the SAT, and nearly always attend four-year colleges (usually 98-100%).
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 289 students and 25.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.56:1. There were 15 students (5.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 15 (0.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
"The Monmouth County Academy of Allied Health and Science prepares and motivates students to pursue further education towards a career in the medical sciences through a rigorous specialized curriculum and community based partnerships, inspiring students to serve society with compassion, skill and vision."
The Academy is a selective school and will only take those who score well on 7th and 1st marking period 8th grade report cards, and on an acceptance exam, normally held in January or February, after applications to school are submitted. To take Geometry in the freshman year, students successfully pass an Algebra I test. To take Spanish II in the freshman year, students must successfully pass Spanish I test, which includes an "interview". The different parts of the entrance exam (not including the Algebra I and Spanish II test) sum up a cummulative score. If this is below 75/100, then the student is automatically disqualified from attending, but a 75 might not be enough to pass. Each town has its first highest-ranked student admitted by default assuming he or she earns a 75 or higher. Not all towns have one student apply, usually one or more seek admission to the Monmouth County Full-Time Vocational Schools. All other students are chosen based on rank and test admission score. There is also a waiting list. It is used not only when students decline their admission, but also when students "drop out" to return to their home high schools.
The school uses a block schedule. There are four classes in a day, and periods are an hour and twenty-five minutes long. School begins at 7:35 A.M. and ends at 2:25 P.M. The first four to five classes are taken in the first half of the school year, and the next four to five are taken in the second. Some classes, including electives, alternate with Fitness.
The first two periods take place from 7:35 AM - 10:27 AM (with a 2-minute break in between periods). From 10:27 AM - 11:27 AM there is a one-hour activity period, where students eat lunch, participate in clubs, or overall relax. From 11:27 AM - 2:25 PM the final two periods take place.
The following classes are required during freshman year: Dynamics of Healthcare, Computer Applications, Math: Algebra I or Geometry, Foreign Language: Latin I or Spanish I or II, Biology, Intro to Anatomy and Physiology (Allied Health Clinical Skills), World History, Fitness I and English I. There are nine required classes total: Algebra I or Geometry, English I, World History, Allied Health Clinical Skills, Dynamics of Healthcare, Latin I or Spanish I/II, Computer Applications, Biology I, and Fitness I. There are no electives in freshman year. The "Dynamics of Healthcare" course incorporates learning about health insurance, legal terms, healthcare facilities, professional behavior, and medical history. It is administered by UMDNJ. The "Financial Literacy" course has been replaced with "Allied Health Clinical Skills," which addresses (as indicated by its name) the clinical side of the healthcare profession. This switch took place in 2013 and Financial Literacy has been moved to Junior Year.
Since the 2012-2013 school year, students are allowed to take Algebra II in 9th grade and PreCalculus in 10th grade. There is currently only 1 junior (Rahul Yerrabelli) who is in this case. He is taking an online AP Statistics course through FLVS for his 11th grade math credits. It is not been decided if this will be standard for later years for students in the program. There are currently 2 sophomore and several freshman in this program.
Instead of taking an art class, students must complete a "Visual & Performing Arts" assignment before November of their sophomore year.
The following classes are required during sophomore year: Anatomy and Physiology I, Math: Algebra II or Geometry, Foreign Language: Latin II or Spanish II or III, Chemistry, English II, Fitness II, Principles of Computer Technology, Healthy Relations (a guidance/sex ed course) and US History I. There are no electives in sophomore year. In Anatomy and Physiology I course, students volunteer two hours on Fridays for six weeks at Jersey Shore University Medical Center at a different department each week. Departments that can be assigned include NICU, occupational therapy, laboratory, patient transport, and various nursing floors. At the end of the Anatomy course, students take a UMDNJ-issued exam for college credits in Anatomy I and Foundations of Healthcare.
Students take two electives out of three choices: Forensic Science, Creative Arts Therapy, Medibotics. During junior year, students continue their learning in Anatomy and Physiology II. Students will again take a similar college-level test for college credits for the Anatomy II course and for Medical Terminology. Students also participate in the Grant Writing/Service Learning class, which teaches students the various aspects of helping their communities. Much volunteer work is involved as the class sponsors activities such as coat or book drives.
Other required courses are: Algebra II or Precalculus, English III, U.S. History II, Physics, Fitness III, and Latin II or Spanish III/IV.
Students take a "mentorship" course. Students choose a "mentor," and must relate their mentorship to the medical field. There are exceptions to the rule of medical involvement, as long as students can prove they are gaining valuable experience in a professional field. Seniors go to their mentorship site three days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) for three hours a day during the second half of the school day. Students have worked with local medical centers, specialized private clinics (ranging from sports medicine to urology), and miscellaneous sites such as a college radio station.
The following medical courses are available: Nutrition, CPR, EMT, Physical Therapy, Sign Language, and Alternative Medicine. Other required courses include: Biology, English IV, Pre-Calculus or Calculus, and Chemistry. Foreign Language is not required, and can be replaced by an elective. The Fitness program is also no longer an in-school class for seniors, and instead involves filling out an online set of forms.
Awards and recognition
The Academy of Allied Health & Science has been recognized for many awards, including:
- Ranked the 4th best high school in the country for STEM in 2013.
- Blue Ribbon School, awarded by the DE, 2001–02, 2006-07. The highest honor an American school can achieve.
- For the 1999-2000 school year, it was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.
- The school was recognized by Governor Jim McGreevey in 2003 as one of 25 schools selected statewide for the First Annual Governor's School of Excellence award.
- National Service Learning Leader School 1998-1999, 2005
- Intel / Scholastic School of Distinction 2005
- Ranked 74th best high school in the country in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report.
- Ranked one of 16 schools tied for first out of 381 public high schools statewide in 2011 (unchanged from the 2010) by schooldigger.com. Were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy (100.0%) and mathematics (100.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
- The Asbury Park Press wrote an article following the students of the Academy of Allied Health and Science for a day. See link and video attached: http://www.app.com/article/20081219/LIFE/81217038/A-day-life-Academy-Allied-Health-Science
The school opened in 1996. The school's early development, including construction and curriculum creation, was overseen by Timothy M. McCorkell, who was the school's first principal until the end of the 2001-02 school year, when he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent at MCVSD. He was later Superintendent in 2009. Following McCorkell was Scott Taylor. Taylor resigned after the 2004-05 school year to take a position at the Little Silver School District. Robert V. Cancro took the position after Scott Taylor left.
In 1997, the first "Color Wars" took place. It is a battle of the classes event, with the freshman and senior classes (taking the school color blue) pitted against the sophomore and junior classes (taking the school color gray) in a week-long series of competitive events, which include ultimate frisbee, pudding eating, tug of war, a medical challenge, student and faculty volleyball, an original skit, and one or more "mystery events". It takes place in late May. Beforehand, the teams must choose a team name incorporating the color. as of the 2011-12 school year, the blue team has won four times, and the gray team has won four times. Furthermore, no class has won all four years, but the class of 2010 came very close. Teacher Chris Benson and the Student Council are in charge of planning and managing the events.
Starting in the 2004-05 school year, the school began phasing out its French Language program, due to core curriculum conflicts. The final French students graduated in 2008.
Following Robert Cancro's retirement at the end of the 2010-11 school year, Paul Mucciarone became principal. As of June 2012[update] He is the principal. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1981, and is a retired Lt. Commander of the US Navy. He served, primarily as an engineer, on several ships. He became teacher of Naval Science at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology in Sandy Hook in August 2001.
In late 2011, the principal authorized the removal of the school's web filter of Facebook. This followed one of the sister schools removing their own filter.
Other career academies
There are four other career academies in the Monmouth County Vocational School District. These are referred to as sister schools of the Academy of Allied Health and Science.
- Biotechnology High School (BTHS) in Freehold
- Communications High School (CHS) in Wall Township
- High Technology High School (HTHS) in Lincroft
- Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) in Sandy Hook
- Data for Acad Allied Health & Sci, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
- Academy of Allied Health and Science, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. accessed September 3, 2011.
- Academy of Allied Health and Science. "About the Academy of Allied Health". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Academy of Allied Health and Science. "AAHS Courses of Study". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- US News
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF) United States Department of Education. Accessed June 15, 2006.
- New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient detail 1999-2000 school year, Academy of Allied Health & Science, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 29, 2006.
- McGreevey Celebrates Schools that are "Getting it Right": Schools of Excellence Winners Demonstrate Effectiveness of Governor’s Education Priorities, New Jersey Department of Education press release dated November 211, 2003. Accessed December 15, 2009.
- 2009 Gold Medal List, U.S. News & World Report. Accessed September 3, 2011.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 20, 2012.
- Monmouth County Vocational School District (21 Apr 2010). "MCVSD Administration". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Academy of Allied Health and Science. "Co-Curricular Activities". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Academy of Allied Health and Science. "AAHS/MCVSD Administration". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Academy of Allied Health and Science, official website
- Monmouth County Vocational School District, official website
- Monmouth County Vocational School District's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- AAHS Color Wars 2008 Bluebonic Plague Skit, YouTube