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Medical Sciences
Freehold High School

For additional information, contact Marybeth Ruddy,
732-431-8360 x2013 or

For over 30 years the Medical Sciences Magnet Program has offered students a rigorous program of mathematics and science within a comprehensive high school setting.  Our program of study is unique with our freshmen beginning their studies in AP Biology and Honors Algebra II and concluding their senior year with Biochemistry and Multivariable Calculus. Our high achieving and self-motivated students are thoroughly prepared for postsecondary studies in the sciences.

During their junior year, students design and conduct independent research projects, including statistical analyses, that culminate in a formal research paper presented to the school and community.  These cover a wide variety of topics.  A sample of recent Medical Science research topics:

  • Bisphenol-A Exposure and the Occurrence of Estrogen Dominance

  • The Environmental Effects of Decomposing Lithium-ion Batteries on Neritina reclivata (Pond Snails)

  • A Low-Collision, Kinect-Based Obstacle Navigation Device for the Blind

  • The Effects of Abscisic Acid on Saline-Alkaline Tolerance of Vigna Radiata

  • The Correlation of Stress with the Age of a Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Diagnosis

  • The Effect of Ultrasound In Response to Suspicious Calcifications on Cancer Detection

Every year, Medical Science students are selected to present these projects at prestigious symposiums such as the New Jersey Juniors Science & Humanities Symposium at Rutgers , the South Jersey Junior Science Symposium at Ocean County College, the Delaware Valley Science Fair and others.

Seniors participate in a unique externship at CentraState Medical Center.  Twice a month, they attend a lecture series and then shadow physicians and health care providers throughout the facility. At the conclusion of their externship, the CentraState Foundation offers multiple scholarships. In addition to this experience, many students also participate in summer internships at institutions such as the NIH, Sloan Kettering, University of Pennsylvania Research Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute.

While attending the Medical Sciences Magnet Program, students are well prepared for college entry standardized exams.  The average SAT score of Medical Science students was 2231 in 2015, 2259 in 2016, and 1487 (on the 1600 scale) in 2017. Advanced Placement science and mathematics scores average a score of 4 and above in AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics.

Medical Sciences Magnet Program students are regularly admitted to prestigious colleges and universities such as Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth University, University of Chicago, Rutgers University Honors Program, and many others.  Often our students are accepted into undergraduate/medical combined programs at institutions such as Northwestern University's HPME, Washington University of St. Louis, Drexel University BA/MD, George Washington BA/MD, Penn State University BA/MD, TCNJ's BA/MD, and others.

After graduation, students have gone on to become physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, veterinarians, physician assistants, and physical therapists. Others have chosen industry or research careers in biomedical engineering or technology.