2350 North Third Street, Union NJ 07083
Phone: 908.851.6500 | Fax: 908.687.5204

UNION HIGH SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PROFILE

  • Greg Tatum, School Superintendent
  • Gerry Benequista, Assistant Superintendent
  • Annie Moses, Assistant Superintendent
  • Corey Lowery, Principal
  • Althea Bossard, Vice Principal
  • Kimberly Osty, Vice Principal
  • Shawn Paterno, Vice Principal
  • Terrell Rutty, Vice Principal

Community

Union Township is a suburban community located in Union County. Union has a population of approximately 56,000 and borders the Union County municipalities of Elizabeth, Hillside, Millburn, Roselle Park, Kenilworth and Springfield.  Union also shares a border with the Essex County communities of Irvington, Maplewood, and Millburn.  The annual operating budget for the district is approximately one hundred and twenty-five million dollars and is dedicated to providing a quality education that meets the needs of a diverse student population.

The High School and Curriculum

Union High School is a comprehensive public high school accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the New Jersey State Department of Education. Approximately 2,500 students are enrolled in grades 9-12. The school calendar incorporates four nine week marking periods with 42 minute class periods offered five days a week.
A full academic program is offered with honors and advanced placement courses in art, english, social studies, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, world languages, visual/performing arts, and business. Students pursue an appropriate academic program, which is augmented by elective courses in business, career/technical arts, and visual/performing arts.
Students may elect to participate in the nationally recognized CAST (Communication Arts and Sciences Training) program that offers an introduction to the broad field of television communications. Army Junior R.O.T.C. program in grades 9-12 is offered to all interested students. Our award-winning arts program provides a diverse range of course offerings in the areas of instrumental music, vocal music, musical theatre and visual arts. The high school also offers a Marketing Education Program with a cooperative education component.
Qualified students are eligible for Drafter Certification through the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA). This certification serves as a supplementary measurement of performance on a recognized national level.

Course and Credit Requirements

The 260 credit requirement includes 40 in English, 40 in Physical Education/Health, 30 in Social Studies, 30 in Math, 30 in Science, 10 in Visual/Performing Arts, 10 in Career/Technical Arts, and 10 credits in World Languages.

Grading and Ranking Beginning Academic Year 2010-2011

The following grading scale will be used:

% Scale Grade GPA
97-100 A+ 4.33
93-96 A 4.00
90-92 A- 3.67
87-89 B+ 3.33
83-86 B 3.00
80-82 B- 2.67;
77-7 C+ 2.33
73-76 C 2.00
70-72 C- 1.67
65-69 D 1.25
0-64 F 0.00

Prior to academic year 2010-2011
Lowest Numerical Equivalent:
4 - 90% 
  3 - 80%  
  2 - 70%    1 - 60%, F - Failure
The letter grade appears on the transcript for academic year 2010-2011 and forward. For the purpose of ranking only, students will have the following factor added to course GPA: +1 to Honors and +2 to Advanced Placement courses. All rank is computed according to recommendations of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and is reported in both a weighted and unweighted version. All students and all courses are included when calculating rank.

Statistical Information - Class of 2013-14

Graduates: 567
Post High School Plans Four-Year College 54%
Two-Year College 34%, Full-time Employment 6%, Military 1%, Other Postsecondary 5%,
Among our recent graduates are students attending such prestigious institutions as Boston College, Boston University, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel University, Duke, Emory University, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, N.Y.U., Princeton, Penn State, Smith, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, U.S. Military Academy, U.S Air Force Academy, Villanova University, and Yale. The majority of our graduates remain in New Jersey, however, with approximately 15% of Union High School graduates attending Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, or NJIT.


Advanced Placement Examinations 2010
Students took a total of 270 exams and 82% scored a 3 or better. College Board's AP Program honored 26 students as AP Scholars, 11 students as AP Scholars with Honors and 13 students as AP Scholars with Distinction.

Extracurricular & Cocurricular Activities

Union High School excels equally in academic and non-academic extracurricular areas. More than twenty varsity sports are offered and Union's teams are consistently strong contenders. Union High School offers exceptional programs in music and art. The District has been named a national 2009 Best Communities for Music Education. Yearly musicals and performances of original plays highlight the Theater Arts programs. More than forty-five academic, special interest, and service related clubs provide students with an opportunity to develop their talents and leadership ability. Students compete successfully on the regional, state and national levels in oratory contests, competitive exams, academic, scientific, musical, and technical competitions.

Clubs/Student and Team Distinctions:
Union High School has had over twenty-five students selected for the Governor's School Program and over fifty students are currently Distinguished Scholars.
The Future Business Leaders of America Chapter was recognized at the regional, state and national levels. The UHS Chapter earned the Gold Chapter Award. Individual members earned Gold Member and Gold Officer Awards.

The Swing Choir has won annual nationwide competitions for the past fifteen consecutive years with 1st place - Gold-Superior ratings. Swing Choir placed in the top 5% throughout the United States and Canada and has performed in both Disneyland and Disney World.

The Musical Theater Department has received many nominations in the Papermill Playhouse Rising Star awards competition that recognizes excellence in Musical Theater in New Jersey. Awards received include: Best Musical; Best Musical Director ; Best Orchestra (2x); Best Scenery (3x); Best Graphic Design (3x); Best Leading Actress (3x); Best Supporting Actor; Best Hair and Make-up Design; and Best Ensemble Group. Their annual productions have been among the best in New Jersey.
 
The Union High School Marching Band and Color Guard is recognized on the local, regional, and national level. In October of 2012 the band won the prestigious Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium, winning caption awards for Best Visual Performance, Best Music and Best Overall Effect. The band also placed 4th in Group IV A and were awarded Best Music Performance at the 2012 USBands National Championship. In October 2014 the band won the Group 3A New Jersey State Championship at the US Bands State competition and placed 2nd in the TOB Atlantic Coast championship. In spring 2012, the band competed in Festival Disney and placed first in class AAAA and were also awarded the silver award for second place of any band, regardless of class or size. In spring 2014, the marching band and color guard competed in the Heritage Festival. Both the color guard and the marching band were awarded first place with superior ratings. Our performing groups were also awarded the Festival Sweepstakes Overall Championship Award and numerous students won individual Festival solo awards.

Art students designed and created murals representing the school's diversity using grant money received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Union's Army Junior R.O.T.C. unit is ranked in the top 5% nationwide and was designated as an Army Junior R.O.T.C. "Honor Unit With Distinction" for the 2012-2013 school year for the eighteenth consecutive year. The Army Junior R.O.T.C. Drill Team ranks first in New Jersey, second in the East Coast and eighth in the nation. The Color Guard ranks first in the state, second in the East Coast and fourth in the nation.

Athletics

Winning percentage for all varsity teams was 62%.

The Staff

Among the staff of 250 professionals, many hold Master's Degrees and some hold Doctoral Degrees. Many have pursued graduate work beyond the Master's Degree. Eleven counselors staff the School Counseling Department. Students are assigned a counselor in ninth grade and the counselor continues with the student for four years. A Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) is also employed by the district and is based at the high school.