Academy for Allied Health Sciences – Scotch Plains, NJ

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Academy for Allied Health Sciences

1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076-2928

(908) 889-8288

Mr. Walt Smolenski, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Union County Vocational-Technical School District

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 16%
  • White: 42%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 24%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 11%


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This image shows our 12th grade students during our EMT class.

This image shows our 12th grade students during our EMT class.


The Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences (AAHS) is a vocational career academy for secondary high school students that immerses students in honors and college level academics, while preparing them for college and a career in the health sciences. The mission of our school is to promote the development of confident, well-rounded students through challenging academic experiences, with exposure to various health career skills and occupations.

Our student population closely mirrors the demographics of our county, and we consider our diversity to be one of the most important parts of our school community. We are located in a diverse area that is an international centers for healthcare and biotechnology and have formed over 40 partnerships with local business to place students for internship opportunities.

The Academy for Allied Health Sciences opened in 2005 as the 4th full-time career academy in our district. In that time, 99% of our students have gone directly to college or a university, and the rest have either entered the military service or gained employment directly from High School.

The Academy for Allied Health Sciences works in conjunction with Rutgers University to provide students the opportunity to earn college credit through the School of Health Related Professions. Additionally, AAHS has a partnership with Union County College that provides students with an opportunity to receive State certification on the New Jersey Emergency Medical Technician-B examination.