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Academy for Business & Finance / International Baccalaureate Programme

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BERGEN COUNTY ACADEMIES


CLASS of 2014 PROFILE
CEEB Code 310454

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Russell Davis, Principal 200 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601 (201) 343-6000 Ext. 3349 FAX (201) 996-6954 www.bergen.org

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A model for innovation and reform in the 21st century, the Academy for Business & Finance / International Baccalaureate Programme (ABFIB) is part of the Bergen County Academies (BCA), located in a multicultural suburban community within 5 miles of New York City. Students are accepted from across the county and commute up to twenty miles to a diverse public magnet school of choice with an enrollment of 1,050 students. BCA features career-focused academies operating as a cohesive unit to provide a dynamic, specialized, student-centered environment. Applicants from seventy towns in Bergen County are selected through a rigorous admissions process that considers middle school grades, standardized test scores, interviews, as well as assessments in writing and math. BCA has an extended school day from 8:00 am until 4:10 pm. Underclassmen, grades 911, devote Wednesday mornings to interdisciplinary projects and independent research. The faculty has many years of experience as instructors and industry leaders. ABFIBs curriculum is college preparatory which includes a strong core curriculum that balances business, computer science, and technology studied simultaneously with a synergy of rigorous academic requirements in mathematics, humanities, foreign language and the arts. Transdisciplinary class-wide projects, from ninth through eleventh grade, develop teamwork, communication, presentation skills, promoting an integrated, multi-dimensional approach to issues and learning. All students complete core areas, complemented by required units in humanities, creative cultural arts, physical education, health, projects, and chosen electives each trimester. All ABFIB students are required to work toward earning an IB diploma. All academic courses are taught at the honors level or above. A unique and noteworthy feature of the Academy for Business and Finance is our Financial Markets Laboratory. This lab is designed to provide our students with the opportunity to gain handson experience in the study of financial markets and financial analysis. The lab is equipped with Rise market display boards and tickers, TVs and software that enables students to simulate realtime trading in a variety of financial markets as well as conduct independent financial analysis and company valuation. Students also have use of a Bloomberg workstation, making the Academy for Business and Finance one of only two high schools in the country with this valuable technology.

School and Community

 A highly competitive, diverse public magnet high school which typically accepts 250 of the over 1500 students who apply  Named by Newsweek magazine as the #26 high school in the nation and #4 in the northeast  Named by US News and World Report magazine as the #34 high school in the nation and #3 in New Jersey  83% of the faculty have masters degrees and 23% hold a doctorate degree  35 National Merit Semifinalists-123 Commended Scholars and 12 winners Six Intel National Semifinalists and one National Finalist 1st place winner at International Biology Olympiad

BCA Highlights

Curriculum

AP Art History AP Biology AP Calculus AB, BC

Advanced Placement Courses


AP Chemistry AP Computer Science AP Music Theory

AP Psychology AP Statistics AP Studio Art

IB Economics IB Environmental Systems

International Baccalaureate Courses


IB History IB Literature IB Math IB Physics IB Spanish IB French

In May 2013, 208 students took a total of 498 IB exams (97% scored 4 or higher) and 451 students took a total of 833 AP exams (93% scored 3 or higher). Due to the number of core course requirements, even the most ambitious students may only take one Advanced Placement (AP) course or one International Baccalaureate (IB) course beyond the requirements.

ACT / SAT COMBINED TEST RESULTS State 23.0 1521 Nation 20.9 1498

Test ACT SAT

ABFIB 32 2207

The requirements of ABFIB exceed state graduation requirements.

Graduation Requirements

SAT Score Summary Class of 2014 ABFIB


Critical Reading Math Writing 4 perfect scores 7 perfect scores 5 perfect scores Average: 711 Average: 753 Average: 743 It is the policy of this school not to send unofficial test results.

Business............................4 years Mathematics...................4 years English...............................4 years Social Studies..................4 years World Languages..........4 years P.E. / Health......................4 years Technology......................2 years Chemistry...........................1 year

Physics.................................1 year Biology................................1 year Senior Internship.............1 year Theory of Knowledge....1 year Creative Arts............ 1 trimester Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)......... 150 hours

ABFIB Accolades
Federal Reserve Challenge, 1st place team DECA: 39 National Qualifiers; 2 First Place National Winners, 4 Test Awards, 4 National Finalists FFFE: Foundation for Free Enterprise, 1st place team, Business Plan USA Today and Allstate, 1st and 2nd place teams, Distracted Teen Driver Awareness Competition FIDM: Fashion Institute of Design Management, 1st place team, Video presentation on fashion trends

Students are NOT RANKED because of the selectivity of the admissions process. Grade point averages are calculated yearly based on the final grade attained in each course. Cumulative GPA is an unweighted calculation which includes academic courses only. 4.0 is the highest possible GPA. Each trimester students who achieve an A in each of their courses are distinguished by being named to the Academy High Honor Roll which is the schools highest academic honor. A = 4.00 B+ = 3.33 C+ = 2.33 D+ = 1.33 P = Pass A- = 3.80 B = 3.00 C = 2.00 D = 1.00 I = Incomplete B- = 2.80 C- = 1.80 F = 0.00 W = Withdrew GPA Ranges Frequency 4.000 - 3.900. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38% 3.899 - 3.800. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21% 3.799 - 3.700. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11% 3.699 - 3.600. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11% 3.599 - below . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19%

Grading System

Grade Key

All of our seniors devote Wednesdays to a yearlong individualized internship experience. Students receive (9) academic credits for this supervised graduation requirement. Over two hundred employers offer experiential learning opportunities in research centers, hospitals, universities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, major corporations and large and small businesses in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.

Full Year - All Day Senior Internships

ABFIB Grade Frequency Distribution

ABFIB College Acceptances and Enrollment Class of 2013



Albany Medical College Babson College Bentley University Binghamton University Boston College Boston University California Institute of Technology Carnegie Mellon University Columbia University Cornell University Dartmouth College Drexel University Duke University Fairleigh Dickinson University Fordham University Georgetown University Lehigh University

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Tufts University Union College University of California-Los Angeles University of California-San Diego University of Chicago University of Connecticut University of Delaware University of Maryland University of Massachusetts University of Michigan University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Vermont Villanova University Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 1 1 8 2 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 2 1

4 1 McGill University 3 New Jersey Institute of Technology

3 1 New York University 3 3 New York University-Shanghai 1 1 Northeastern University Northwestern University

2 2 Princeton University 3 2 Ramapo College of New Jersey 3 1 Rutgers, The State University of NJ 4 Seton Hall University

2 2 Siena College 1 7 Stevens Institute of Technology The College of New Jersey

2 1 The University of Alabama 1 The University of Scranton

112 Acceptances for 36 Students