Morris County School of Technology

Morris County School of Technology
Morris County School of Technology
400 East Main Street
Denville, NJ 07834

United States
Type Vocational Magnet Public high school
Motto Proud of Our Past Focused on Our Future
Established 1969
School district Morris County Vocational School District
Principal None (as of 2009 academic year)
Faculty 58 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment 519 (as of 2009-10)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 8.95[1]
Campus size 39 acres (160,000 m2)
Color(s) Red, Black, and White
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team name Devils

The Morris County School of Technology (MCVTS or MCST) is a Vocational Magnet Public high school located in Denville, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. This school helps prepare high school students for future careers, through its twelve academies, each focusing on a particular trade as well as an advanced college preparatory program.

As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 519 students and 58 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.95.[1]



The school started as a share time and adult program in 1969 and has now evolved into a full time technical high school as well as one of the more respected schools in the Morris County area. The school still has share time students and adult programs although it will slowly start to dissolve the share time program to accommodate more kids in the full time academies. The first year that this school started its full time program was in 2003. 2007 marks the year that the school will finally have their first full time graduate students. This initial group was only about 35 students and now the school has grown to serve over 400 students.

The school's adult education program includes all the academies that students can choose and the program is usually at night. The school is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education, by the Council on Occupational Education and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1989.[2]

Academy graduates will qualify for post-secondary education at the college level, gain admission to technical schools, or be ready for entry-level employment. Graduates of MCST have gone on to schools related to their academies, such as Johnson and Wales University, New York University, Cornell University, Tisch School of the Arts and Boston College. Many acquire college credits while still in high school, giving them a head start on a college education at significant cost savings.


The Morris County School of Technology has a rigorous admissions process that makes it one of the most difficult schools to get into in the Morris County area. Before being able to begin the admissions process the prospective student must have teacher recommendation forms filled out by the core academic classes at his/her middle school and also present their 7th grade report card and New Jersey Standardized Test Scores or private school equivalents by November. Once these forms are sent in the student takes a two-hour entrance exam testing the student on their English, Mathematical, Scientific and Historical knowledge. After the entrance exam the prospective students write an essay on an assigned topic and hand them in to their proctor. If the student passes the entrance exam he/she moves onto the interview phase of the admissions process. The interview portion of the process consists of the student sitting with a member of the admissions department and answering questions regarding the student's goals for the future and reasons for applying to MCST. After the interview all of the factors are taken into consideration and it is decided whether or not the student is admitted. If the student has scored well on the essay and exam, has good grades and recommendations and did well in the interview a letter and package with the student handbook and course catalog is sent to them by February.


In 2005, the school debuted their first ever sport programs. The sports that were started were Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Baseball, Softball, and Golf. As of 2011, Cheerleading is no longer offered due to budget cuts. The school's Athletic Director is Neil Torino.[3]

A New Type of Vo-Tech

Morris County School of Technology offers a vocational education program that is more closely related to college preparatory schools than it is to the traditional vocational school. With intense admissions practices and difficult courses New Jersey Vocational Schools are becoming some of the more elite schools in the country. As mentioned in an article in the New York Times, these schools are slowly transforming into elite college prep schools rather than the vocational schools of yore. Instead of attracting students who would not be able to get into colleges and are seeking to learn vocational skills the schools are attracting the brightest students in their respective districts and sending them to quality institutions of higher learning throughout the country.

Mission statement

The Morris County Vocational School District, the source for state-of-the art professional and technical education, will provide all students with academic and technical skills, civic responsibility and exploration in partnerships with business, labor, industry and post-secondary institutions.

Full Time Academies

Academy for Health Care Sciences

The Academy of Health Care Sciences prepares students for the field of medicine. Throughout the years, students take classes in dynamics of health care, medical terminology, health assessment, nutrition, medical math, anatomy and physiology I & II, along with other important classes related to their field. Students participate in lab dissections such as a sheep's heart during their freshman year, a fetal pig during their sophomore year, and a cat during their junior year. Sophomore year, students have the chance to take home RealCare babies for a weekend to experience the life as a teenage parent. Junior year, part of the curriculum entails clinical experience by having the chance to interact with patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Also, in certain subjects, students have the chance to earn college credits from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Students from this academy have been accepted into Johns Hopkins University, Boston College, New York University and other colleges with medical facilities.

Academy for Visual and Performing Arts

This academy prepares students for a career in the performing arts fields. Students can major in either Dance or Multimedia. The Dance major students focus on the performing arts aspect of the academy; working on acting, soliloquies, dance and performing. The Multimedia academy focuses on more of a technological aspect, with students working mostly on computers to create movies and graphic art. Students applying to the VPA academy are required to audition for the academy as well as completing the basic admissions process. Some of the performers who have been in the VPA program include comedian Talia Chaves, singer/songwriter Jes Loren, and Weedle.

Academy for Child Related Careers

This academy is designed to provide first-hand experience for its students who would like to work with children upon graduation. Students get the opportunity to observe and to teach a class of preschool-aged children each class. They are required to do a year-long child study and to eventually teach an individual day among other projects.

Academy for Networking, Information Technology and Communications

This academy is divided into two areas; the first side is the technical side where students learn to troubleshoot computers, the Internet and also learn about hardware, software, and the history of the internet. This side is referred to as the Cisco Networking Academy because the school is part of Cisco's Academies. Students that enroll in this program work towards becoming CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associates) by constant learning and real world scenarios. This academy is very hands-on and interactive. Also, in 11th or 12th grade students can work towards becoming certified as Red Hat Certified Technicians or CompTIA A+ Certified technicians.

On the other side of the wall there lies the creative aspect of this academy. That section is called Digital Design and Advertising. Students use Macintosh computers to create beautiful, digital works of art. The students use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Final Cut Pro, Macromedia Flash and many others. Not only do the students work on graphic design, computer graphics and animation but also work with motion pictures. The digital video course is very extensive and teaches students how to make videos, edit them, add effects, and much more.

Academy for Culinary Arts

The school of Culinary Arts is a full time, four-year high school program for students entering the ninth grade. The course of studies is designed in a sequential pattern which will prepare the students for entry into technical fields in various areas of the culinary arts industry.

Studies are concentrated in the areas of: Equipment Use and Care, Fundamentals of Food Preparation, Nutrition, Baking, Table Service, Regional and International Cuisine, and Restaurant Management.

In the 9th grade students begin with basics such as knife skills, fundamentals of food preparation and workspace organization. In grades 10 and 11, students will have the opportunity to concentrate interest and talents into their career path and earn ServSafe certifications. In grade 12, students can participate in advanced electives, work experience or courses at the County College of Morris.

Academy for Construction Arts

The academy is a full-time program of studies offering students both technical and academic subjects. As in a local high school, students enrolled in the academy must take a full range of college prep academic subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, world Languages and Health and Physical Education.

Students in this academy have many career pathways. these include: carpenter, plumber, electrician, telecommunications technician, engineer, designer, architect, furniture maker, inspector, metal fabricator, and installer. The Morris County School of Technology has collaborative partners for this academy; these partners are the County College of Morris, the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Johnson Technical Institute, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the District Council of Northern New Jersey Ironworkers.

Academy for Finance and International Business

An academy that teaches students the essentials of the business world, this academy prepares students for careers in finances and business. Students are groomed to be CEOs and bankers through classes teaching law, business ethics and other essential topics for a successful career as businessmen and women.

Academy for Veterinary Science

The academy that prepares students to be veterinarians and other animal related careers. Students get hands-on experience with animals and can learn to properly treat various types of animals. Veterinary Science students emerge from high school ready for college and eventually the Veterinary industry.

Academy for Math, Science and Engineering

One of the most prestigious and elite schools in the entire country. This satellite academy of Morris County School of Technology located in Rockaway, NJ has the highest combined SAT scores in the country and is one of the most difficult high schools to get into in the country. On average over a thousand middle school students apply to the Math, Science and Engineering Academy and only 7% are accepted. The school only accepts multiples of 22/23 and only if 44/46 people meet the demanding qualifications for the school, making it an incredibly difficult school to get into. AP classes are mandatory, and students take over-advanced classes such as Trigonometry and Physics freshman year.

Academy for Law and Public Safety

The Academy for Law and Public Safety prepares students for careers as lawyers and other law related fields. This academy is a satellite academy located in Butler, New Jersey.


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