2005 Award Winners
Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards
Best of the Best - Collaboration (External)
Academy of Allied Health and Science

Academy of Allied Health and Science
Neptune, N.J.

School Statistics
Total Enrollment: 279
Type of School: Public
Location/Size of School: Midsize, City School
Receive Free/Reduced Lunch: N/A
Student-Teacher Ratio: 18:1

At the Academy of Allied Health and Science, the phrase “distance learning” is something of a misnomer. Yes, students take virtual field trips, and yes, they are not actually in the room with their instructors. But there’s absolutely nothing distant about a high school student watching open-heart surgery while peppering the surgeon with questions about what he’s doing. Welcome to one of Monmouth County Vocational School District’s unique career academies, a high school that lets kids experience the equivalent of a first job. “We don’t have a longer school day,” laughs Principal Robert Cancro, “but we pack a lot more into it!”

The school is housed in a state-of-the-art building that includes three computer labs and a distance-learning lab. There are five science labs, a media center, and a complete fitness lab for those interested in physical therapy or health fitness. Each classroom is connected to a school-wide video-retrieval system and a Wide Area Network with Internet access. As important as the technology is to meeting the academic and future career needs of the students, one other focus is always on the minds of Allied educators.

Students come out of here with a true sense of what medicine should be—they understand the patient’s point of view.” And that’s something that takes the “distance” right out of learning.