Award Year: 2013

Academy for Information Technology

1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076-2928

(908) 889-8288

Gloria Griffith, Principal at time of Nomination

Union County Vocational Technical School District

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By stressing intellectual curiosity, hard work, ethical behavior, and technological expertise, AIT prepares its graduates academically, technologically, and interpersonally for the challenges of the future.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 59%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

The Union County Academy for Information Technology (AIT) is a four-year career academy, located in Scotch Plains, NJ. Union County’s population is racially, ethically and culturally diverse. Applicants from the twenty-one municipalities of Union County are selected to attend our school. The school population reflects the diversity of Union County.

AIT is committed to ensuring high standards and challenging opportunities to students through the integration of a rigorous academic program along with business and technical education. We also strive to develop self-awareness, confidence, character, sensitivity to the environment and leadership skills. Academic and technical disciplines are fully integrated; students are consistently called upon to challenge their levels of learning through assignments and projects requiring application of knowledge across all disciplines.

The AIT curriculum supports college and career readiness through teaching that ensures that all students retain discipline-specific content and develop the habits of mind of a proficient post-secondary student and/or full-time productive worker. AIT teachers strive to develop non-content-specific knowledge and skills that will carry students beyond high school.

Information technology courses focus on productivity software, computer hardware, operating systems, database design and development, and computer programming. All AIT students are expected to earn industry-recognized certifications, in various Microsoft Office software and CompTIA, A+. Students also have the opportunity to earn certifications in Oracle, and Java Programming. AIT Business courses are designed to expose students to the basic functional units of a business in order for them to better understand how technology can be used in a business environment.

Due to the dedication of staff, the commitment of students and the support of parents, AIT continually makes progress toward its goals.