Union City High School

Summary:

Union City High School is a public high school serving 3,025 students in grades 9-12 in Union City, New Jersey, which is part of the Union City School District. While the school has a predominantly Hispanic student population, it has consistently underperformed compared to state and district averages on standardized tests, with only 46.5% of 9th graders proficient in English Language Arts and just 15.2% proficient in Algebra I.

Union City High School's graduation rate has improved in recent years, reaching 89.9% in 2021-2022, but this is still lower than the state average. The school also struggles with high chronic absenteeism, reaching 39.2% in 2021-2022. Compared to nearby high-performing schools like Jose Marti STEM Academy, High Technical High School, and Dr. Ronald McNair High School, Union City High School's academic performance, graduation rates, and attendance rates lag significantly.

The school's performance also varies greatly among different student subgroups, with English Language Learners and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds performing relatively better compared to their peers, while female, African American, and special education students lag behind. Addressing the needs of these specific subgroups, improving instructional quality, and tackling chronic absenteeism will be crucial for Union City High School to improve its outcomes and provide a high-quality education for its diverse student population.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 2500 Kennedy Blvd
       Union City, NJ  07087


(201) 330-8678

District: Union City School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
293rd of 422 New Jersey High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,632 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  16.8 Help
Number of students:  3,025

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
96.3%
African American:
1.9%
White:
1.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  82.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Union City High School ranks worse than 69.4% of high schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 26.7. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Union City High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (96.3%), African American (1.9%), White (1.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 82.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Union City High School is 16.8. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Union City High School is $9,632.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Union City High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Union City High School 293rd of 422 New Jersey public high schools. (See Union City High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Union City School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Union City School District 283rd of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Union City High School

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Rank History for all students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 17.66 328th 378 13.2%
2012 25.60 324th 388 16.5%
2013 23.08 332nd 396 16.2%
2014 33.92 326th 411 20.7%
2015 53.80 115th 406 71.7%
2016 52.94 139th 409 66.0%
2017 46.79 181st 411 56.0%
2018 44.74 186th 415 55.2%
2019 46.67 183rd 416 56.0%
2021 14.99 354th 405 12.6%
2022 20.73 327th 415 21.2%
2023 26.70 293rd 422 30.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.77 43rd 146 70.5%
2019 57.06 39th 138 71.7%
2021 33.15 62nd 101 38.6%
2022 47.65 41st 137 70.1%
2023 53.95 40th 161 75.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.20 151st 355 57.5%
2019 44.70 154th 349 55.9%
2021 15.20 323rd 333 3.0%
2022 16.59 339th 344 1.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.30 84th 345 75.7%
2019 65.40 69th 347 80.1%
2021 32.03 238th 326 27.0%
2022 34.86 191st 324 41.0%
2023 42.36 145th 344 57.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.59 219th 403 45.7%
2019 47.06 183rd 408 55.1%
2021 15.20 356th 402 11.4%
2022 19.11 338th 414 18.4%
2023 19.04 326th 416 21.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.22 181st 405 55.3%
2019 40.70 203rd 407 50.1%
2021 17.77 340th 402 15.4%
2022 18.72 328th 410 20.0%
2023 25.71 274th 414 33.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.41 128th 198 35.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.69 45th 266 83.1%
2021 53.01 87th 247 64.8%
2022 27.33 196th 256 23.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.01 116th 368 68.5%
2019 59.07 110th 364 69.8%
2021 27.22 298th 374 20.3%
2022 29.95 253rd 382 33.8%
2023 36.91 206th 385 46.5%
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Rank History for White students at Union City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.16 226th 340 33.5%
2019 24.70 244th 339 28.0%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: New Jersey Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Union City High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2010 48 23 28 2193 0 0 0 0 2292
2011 50 25 27 2324 0 0 2 0 2428
2012 49 28 31 2315 0 0 0 0 2423
2013 38 32 26 2353 0 0 0 0 2449
2014 36 29 28 2436 0 1 0 0 2530
2015 33 26 29 2540 0 1 0 0 2629
2016 43 25 35 2618 0 1 1 0 2723
2017 45 24 37 2757 0 0 1 0 2864
2018 54 26 33 2785 0 0 1 0 2899
2019 53 24 39 2766 0 0 0 0 2882
2020 49 27 18 2797 0 0 0 0 2891
2021 47 35 19 2780 0 0 2 1 2884
2022 40 50 16 2852 0 0 0 0 2958
2023 42 56 14 2913 0 0 0 0 3025

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Union City High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 2292 147.0 15.5 88.7
2011 2428 143.4 16.9 89.3
2012 2423 181.1 13.3 93.4
2013 2449 173.0 14.1 91.7
2014 2530 161.0 15.7 94.2
2015 2629 174.0 15.1 94
2016 2723 178.0 15.2 83.8
2017 2864 179.6 15.9 84.4
2018 2899 185.0 15.6 85.4
2019 2882 184.5 15.6 88.4
2020 2891 175.4 16.4 81.9
2021 2884 179.0 16.1 n/a
2022 2958 181.0 16.3 80.8
2023 3025 179.0 16.8 82.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Union City High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 2292 147.0 15.5 88.7
2011 2428 143.4 16.9 89.3
2012 2423 181.1 13.3 93.4
2013 2449 173.0 14.1 91.7
2014 2530 161.0 15.7 94.2
2015 2629 174.0 15.1 94
2016 2723 178.0 15.2 83.8
2017 2864 179.6 15.9 84.4
2018 2899 185.0 15.6 85.4
2019 2882 184.5 15.6 88.4
2020 2891 175.4 16.4 81.9
2021 2884 179.0 16.1 n/a
2022 2958 181.0 16.3 80.8
2023 3025 179.0 16.8 82.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Union City High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $446 (4.6%) $9,186 (95.4%) $9,632

Data source: New Jersey Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Union City High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 183rd of 416 High schoolsRanks 293rd of 422 High schools
 25.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
9th Grade English Language Arts (Union City High School)7946.5
 32.5%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (Union City School District)42.253.9
 11.7%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)55.952.1
 3.8%
9th Grade Algebra I (Union City High School)73.715.2
 58.5%
   9th Grade Algebra I (Union City School District)29.422.8
 6.6%
   9th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)27.219.2
 8%
9th Grade Geometry (Union City High School)04.8
 4.8%
   9th Grade Geometry (Union City School District)04.5
 4.5%
   9th Grade Geometry (New Jersey)59.150
 9.1%
End of Course Algebra I (Union City High School)6315.2
 47.8%
   End of Course Algebra I (Union City School District)28.622.7
 5.9%
   End of Course Algebra I (New Jersey)43.335.1
 8.2%
End of Course Geometry (Union City High School)13.14.3
 8.8%
   End of Course Geometry (Union City School District)13.14.2
 8.9%
   End of Course Geometry (New Jersey)32.251.2
 19%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students28823025
 5%
African American2456
 133.3%
American Indian00
Asian3914
 64.1%
Hispanic27662913
 5.3%
Pacific Islander00
White5342
 20.8%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients88.4%82.9%
 5.5%


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Union City High School ranks 293rd of 422 New Jersey high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 3,025 students attended Union City High School.

Students at Union City High School are 96% Hispanic, 2% African American, 1% White.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the New Jersey Department of Education.

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