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Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro Campus


Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro Campus

Bergen County Technical High School
Teterboro Campus
504 Route 46
Teterboro, NJ 07608
Type Technical Public high school
School district Bergen County Technical Schools
Principal David Tankard
Faculty 65.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 635[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 9.77:1[1]
Black, Gold
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Team name Knights

Bergen County Technical High School, also known as Bergen Tech, or more commonly "BT", is a four-year, tuition-free public magnet high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Bergen Tech is part of the Bergen County Technical Schools District which also includes Bergen County Academies in Hackensack as well as Bergen Tech in Paramus. The school is nationally recognized, as students have the opportunity to be engaged in a technical major while fulfilling college preparatory classes and having the opportunity to take a wide variety of electives.

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 635 students and 65.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.77:1. There were 44 students (6.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 25 (3.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Bergen Tech is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Schools of Math, Science and Technology and The Coalition of Essential Schools. It is accredited by the Middle States Association and the New Jersey Department of Education.


  • Awards, Recognition, and Rankings 1
    • 2011 1.1
    • 2012 1.2
    • 2013 1.3
    • 2014 1.4
    • 2015 1.5
  • History 2
  • Admissions 3
  • Academics 4
    • Majors 4.1
    • Science (A Physics First Approach) 4.2
    • Mathematics 4.3
    • Humanities 4.4
    • AP Seminar and AP Research 4.5
    • Project Wednesdays and Senior Experience 4.6
  • Extracurricular Activities 5
  • Athletics 6
  • Administration 7
  • Notable alumni 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Awards, Recognition, and Rankings

2011 ranked the school tied for 18th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 6 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (98.3%) and language arts literacy (100.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[2]


The school was recognized in 2012 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program of the United States Department of Education, one of 15 private and public schools in the state to be honored that year.[3] It was ranked 104th in the nation and sixth in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based primarily on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with lesser factors based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, average AP/IB scores and the number of AP/IB courses available to students.[4]


In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 74th in the nation among participating public high schools and 7th among schools in New Jersey.[5] U.S. News & World Report named BT as a Gold Medal High School the same year.


In 2014, Bergen Tech was named the 129th best high school in the nation, and the 5th best high school in the state of New Jersey by the U.S. News & World Report.[6] New Jersey Monthly, which publishes high school rankings within the state based on student/teacher ratio and student results on the SAT, HSPA, AP/IB exams, and graduation rates, placed BT tied for 8th within its list of the "Top Vocational High Schools in New Jersey".[7] In addition, the school was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-2015.[8]


Business Insider, using data from the 2015 Niche rankings, ranked the school as 12th in the nation and second in New Jersey on its 2014 list of the "25 best public high school in the United States".[9][10] In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school 3rd best in the state and 31st in the nation.[11]


Bergen Tech was originally a shared-time vocational school which was completely revamped in 2000 to be a full-time, academic high school with students taking classes in their particular "majors." A number of advanced classes have been added to Bergen Tech's curriculum since the school's inception, including AP Physics C and AP Government to sophomores in the Law and Justice major. The high school also gained the interest from schools abroad with the intention of creating a foreign exchange program in 2013, receiving visits from high schools in France and South Korea (due to a partnership between the Hyundai Motor Company and the Bergen Tech Automotive major).


Bergen County Technical High School utilizes an admissions process. For the 2010-2011 school year, 168 students of 1,500 applicants were accepted into Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro's Class of 2015, which garnered an acceptance rate of 11.2%. The current admissions process for Bergen Technical High School - Teterboro requires a filled out application (which can be found online at the school website); NJ ASK scores (Proficient or above), transcripts from middle school, letters of recommendation from the applicant's math, science, and English teachers, and completion of an entrance exam that consists of a writing and mathematics section.


The school offers, in addition to studying specific majors of study currently offers 16 different Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including every science AP course offered by the College Board in addition to college level courses which are offered articulation with various universities. Approximately 81.4% of students participate in Advanced Placement classes, which is above the New Jersey state average participation rate of 19%. The 149 students in the Class of 2014 took a total of 645 Advanced Placement exams. On average, each student took 4.2 exams.[12] Students fulfill requirements for their major, in addition to the New Jersey state standards, able to use remaining elective slots to pursue varying interests throughout their high school experience.


Bergen County Technical High School offers nine majors for its students, each of it with its own unique curriculum.[13] A student's major, however, does not limit them to what electives the student may take.

Automotive Engineering & Design

The Automotive major focuses on utilizing modern technology to educate its students in automotive engineering - classes include Systems Analysis I and Advanced Systems Analysis. The recent creation of an automotive lab, in addition to upgrades to its automotive shop used for instruction serves as the classroom for students in this major that allows for hands-on experience.

Business (Strategic Asset Management)

The Business (Strategic Asset Management) major recently took part in the National Financial Capability Challenge. 11 out of 13 of the Class of 2015 scored in the 90th percentile, this includes one student who obtained a perfect score, which is one of 583 students across the United States. Students are required to take AP Microeconomics in their sophomore year.

Commercial Art & Graphic Design

The Commercial Art & Graphic Design major is a college-level course with an intense focus on the principles of art and design. Students in this major often participate in design contests and art festivals, such as the Bergen County Teen Arts Festival. By the end of a student's senior year, students have a portfolio showing their creativity and technical proficiency.[14]

Culinology® (Food Science)

The Culinology major is the first high school program of its kind in the entirety of the United States. The major's three classrooms are equipped with the country's one and only Culinology facility, a state of the art kitchen, and a food science laboratory. Students focus on both food and culinary sciences during their high school career.[15]

Digital Media Arts
Fashion Art, Design & Merchandising
Computer Science (IT)
Law & Justice

The Law & Justice major is well-known at BCTHS-Teterboro for hosting numerous mock trials, competitive debates, and social issues presentations. Classes for this major include Intro to Law & Justice, AP United States Government and Politics, Criminology, Constitutional Law, Introduction to Public Policy Analysis (Syracuse University Course), Forensic Science (Syracuse University Course), and Senior Seminar. The major culminates in a Washington DC capstone trip, where students choose a topic of choice to research and go onto conduct interviews with staff members, public servants, and interest groups on the trip to complete their paper. Previous courses offered include Torts and Corrections & Police Studies. The major also currently holds an articulation with Fairleigh Dickinson University for those interested in pursuing a B.A. in Criminal Justice.

Aerospace Engineering

This major offers courses geared towards engineering, from Intro to Aerospace Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Principles of Engineering. Aerospace Engineering was officially started in September 2014, and replaced the major called Pre-Engineering.

Science (A Physics First Approach)

Bergen Tech has also been recognized for their rigorous physics department, where nearly 64% of students move on to take AP Physics B (now updated to AP Physics 1) in their sophomore year. Dr. Robert Goodman, a former Bergen Tech physics teacher, who was named New Jersey Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006.,[16] is an advocate of the Physics First methodology and did his doctoral dissertation at Rutgers University based on the success of teaching Physics First to freshman based on the model he implemented at Bergen Tech. The science curriculum framework centers around freshmen taking Physics Honors, with the option of taking AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, and AP Physics C in subsequent years. Instead of the traditional biology-chemistry-physics sequence, Physics First relies upon a physics-chemistry-biology sequence. The school's specialized curriculum adds a lab period once a week to every student's schedule to all science classes, which is equivalent to two regular periods. In these labs, students perform unique experiments to understand real-life methods applications of the sciences they are studying. Physics experiments range from creating a personal generator to measuring the frequency of a sonic boom.

Students interested in taking AP Chemistry can do so their junior and senior years, and those interested in AP Biology may do so in their senior year. In addition to AP Chemistry and Biology, as well as AP Environmental Science, students have the option to take college level classes in Organic Chemistry (articulation with Fairleigh Dickinson University), Forensic Science (a Syracuse University Project Advance Course), and/or Anatomy & Physiology.


Bergen Tech - Teterboro offers a wide range of mathematics courses. These include: Algebra I, Geometry, Math Analysis I & II (a highly rigorous 2-year Precalculus with Limits course with a heavy emphasis on Algebra II and Trigonometry), AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, and AP Statistics. Based on the number of students who choose to take the class, some years there will be an Algebra II class, or a Calculus Honors course. Incoming students can take a summer Pre-Algebra or Algebra I course if they feel necessary, or to be placed in another math class.


Aside from World Cultures, United States Honors 1 and 2, and AP US History classes, college level classes in Global Challenge and Sociology are also available as electives.

AP Seminar and AP Research

Bergen Tech will start offering AP Seminar starting the 2015-2016 academic year, one of the newest curriculum designed by the CollegeBoard. The subsequent year is expected to see the introduction of AP Research.

Project Wednesdays and Senior Experience

Every Wednesday during the school year, periods are shortened to accommodate an additional hour before the day's end. This period is known as Project Wednesday. Types of projects that students can apply to are: knitting, Physics Olympiad, Garage Band, Radio Lab, Equations, The Sims, Robotics, Earth preservation, Fitness, Teacher, and many more. This allows students to take classes that help explore their interests outside of traditional course offerings. Freshmen are required to take a project named "School Climate" to help adjust to Bergen Tech's intense coursework. Seniors take every Wednesday to partake in what is known as "Senior Experience," where every senior participates in an off campus internship for the entire school day that gives credits required for graduation.

Extracurricular Activities

Among a wide variety of after school clubs and extracurricular activities available, students at Bergen Tech - Teterboro participate in the SkillsUSA competition yearly. The school gained a record-breaking achievement of eight gold medals, nine silver medals and three bronze medals for their 2012 chapter. Some after school clubs offered at BT include, but is not limited to Action is Magnanimous (AIM), BT Ink Writing, Chemistry, Computer, Engineering, Debate, Gay-Straight Alliance, Global Citizens, Interact, Knight News, Model UN, Physics, Student Council, Quiz Bowl, and the Ski/Snowboarding Clubs.[17] Clubs can be started with enough student interest and initiative to do so, which has given rise to BT Storytellers and the Drama Club in recent years.


The school offers various sports, where students play under one team as the Bergen Tech Knights with the other campuses of the Bergen County Technical Schools district. Sports include: cross country, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, bowling, indoor track, fencing, baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball, and track & field. Students who wish to play a high school sport that is not offered can make accommodations with their town of residence, as appropriate.


Core members of the school's administration are:

  • David Tankard, Principal[18]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Bergen County Technical High School - Teterboro, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 10, 2015.
  2. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed February 23, 2012.
  3. ^ 2012 National Blue Ribbon Public and Private Schools; Exemplary High Performing Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed September 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Staff. "America's Best High Schools 2012", The Daily Beast / Newsweek, May 20, 2012. Accessed May 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 8, 2013.
  6. ^ Staff. "Bergen County Technical High School - Teterboro Overview", U.S. News & World Report. Accessed January 19, 2015.
  7. ^ Pfaff, Leslie garisto. "Top Vocational High Schools in New Jersey", New Jersey Monthly, August 18, 2014. Accessed January 19, 2015.
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  9. ^ Stanger, Melissa; and Robinson, Melia. "The 25 Best Public High Schools In The US", Business Insider, November 4, 2014. Accessed January 19, 2015.
  10. ^ Best Public High Schools in America, Niche (company). Accessed January 19, 2015.
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  13. ^ BCTS - Admissions - Programs - Teterboro, Bergen County Technical Schools. Accessed August 17, 2011.
  14. ^ BCTS.BERGEN.ORG - Commercial Art & Graphic Design Bergen County Technical Schools. Accessed November 10, 2014.
  15. ^ Culinology®, Bergen County Technical Schools. Accessed November 10, 2014.
  16. ^ Bergen County Educator Named State Teacher of the Year, New Jersey Department of Education press release dated October 18, 2005.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Teterboro Administration, Bergen County Technical Schools. Accessed August 17, 2011.

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