Award Year: 2021

Academy For Information Technology

1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076-2997

(908) 889-8288

Mrs. Colleen D. Gialanella, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Union County Vocational-Technical School District

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Mission

AIT is a small, four-year career academy that fosters critical thinking skills in its culturally diverse student population. By stressing intellectual curiosity, hard work, ethical behavior, and technological expertise with business integration, the school community guides its students to achieve their greatest potential. Our graduates are prepared academically, technologically, and interpersonally for the challenges of the future.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 37%
  • Hispanic: 19%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 31%
  • Two or more races: 3%
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IT Interns prepare a computer lab for the school year.

IT Interns prepare a computer lab for the school year.

The Academy for Information Technology (AIT) is an ethnically, racially, culturally and economically diverse career and technical high school. AIT's two career and technical programs, Information Technology and Business Management and Administration, include a series of courses created in conjunction with industry advisory boards that consist of faculty, college/university partners, industry representatives, students, parents, and community members. These advisory boards direct the scope and sequence of our programs and help us ensure that our graduates are prepared for success in college and in their careers.

In their time at AIT, our students take a unique program of courses designed to bring real world meaning to the deep connections between business and information technology. Our business courses offer an exciting opportunity for our students to participate in personal finance and investment simulations and develop a rich understanding of the role of data analytics in business. AIT's technology courses include AP Computer Science Principles as well as AP Computer Science A. All AIT students earn industry-recognized certifications. We are proud to have recently earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

The guiding principle for our curriculum design is that students need authentic learning experiences that appeal to their interests, goals, and curiosities to encourage their intellectual growth. Teachers take advantage of the school's one-to-one device program to design differentiated instruction where students develop important thinking, research, and communication skills through curriculum topics of personal interest. Through an articulation agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), students who meet the conditions of the agreement and choose to attend NJIT have the opportunity to earn college credit and continue their education at NJIT after graduation.

AIT is deeply committed to empowering all students through access to opportunities. As seniors, students may elect to participate in internships that provide valuable experiences in their chosen field and allow them to apply their career and technical education. AIT enjoys an educational partnership with Novo Nordisk, a global pharmaceutical company with a passion for innovation. The corporation provides opportunities for our students to observe facility operations and for career shadowing in both the information technology and business fields. Novo Nordisk sponsors an annual career day and provides scholarship opportunities to AIT students.