Award Year: 2018

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School

123 Coles Street
Jersey City, NJ, 07302-1917

(201) 876-4804

Mrs. Kathleen Lynch McCabe, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Jersey City Public Schools

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We seek to provide a challenging college preparatory curriculum that maximizes intellectual excellence, personal development, and civic responsibility within an ethnically and racially diverse environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 15%
  • White: 19%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 45%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 47%
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic

For over forty years, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School has brought together a motivated, inquisitive, and socially conscious student body drawn from the rich diversity of Jersey City. The McNair community is enriched through the open exchange of a spectrum of viewpoints born from the lived experience of culture, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background, gender expression, and personal development of our students. Our faculty strives to nurture an atmosphere of respect and inclusion, which in turn energizes student participation in and out of the classroom, and allows all to find confidence and support to achieve their personal and college and career goals. This is especially important as a significant percentage of our students will be the first in their family to attend college and over half qualify for free and reduced lunch.

McNair students engage in a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum that offers a strong complement of core courses, electives, and twenty-six Advanced Placement course offerings. Their academic preparation is the foundation for their excellence in extra-curricular and athletic pursuits. McNair students participate in the life of the school, participating in twenty different varsity-level sports, volunteering, leading clubs and activities, engaging in civic action to effect change in our community, and planning assemblies and concerts. McNair students are nationally ranked in their work as National Merit Scholars, AP Scholars, in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and Poetry Out Loud. Above all else, McNair is proud to nurture and showcase the talent and potential of our urban students, 100% of whom matriculate to higher education.