The Top 100
Students thrive at NJ’s #1 school,
McNair Academic, in Jersey City.
The STEM Frontier
Schools are using new learning concepts to better prepare students in science and tech. But innovation is never
easy—and finding the right teachers is
a challenge. By Leslie Garisto Pfaff
Are Our Schools Safe?
To arm or not to arm: That’s the question roiling many New Jersey districts.
By Ian T. Shearn
The Vaping Epidemic
Odorless and easy to hide, e-cigarettes are a growing source of teenage
kicks. Snuffing out the problem is the
latest uphill battle for Jersey schools.
By Tammy La Gorce
GRADING THE SCHOOLS
COVER: PHOTOGRAPH B Y JAMES WORRELL; PROP S T YLING: CHER YL GALAN TE/LLOYD PRODUC TIONS
Backpack, Journeys; stickers, ear buds and pins, Hot Topic; stickers, Zumies; specialty notebooks, Francesca’s; all Livingston Mall
NJM | VOLUME 43 | NO. 9
McNair Academic 2018
grad Ryanne Soriano’s
shirt tells the story:
She’s headed for New
Jersey City University.
Theatre of New
Jersey makes magic.
By Jacqueline Klecak