Testing Dates 2019
Thursday January 10; Thursday Feb 14; Thursday March 14; and Thursday April 11
What Is It? The New Jersey Science League was begun in 1962, by a professor from FDU, originally as a Chemistry competition. Open to all public and private schools in the state, NJSL today provides a friendly forum in which science students can meet and compete for statewide recognition in a variety of science topics. The Point Pleasant Beach Science League Team has been participating for 16 years, and is coordinated and advised by Ms. Leslie Bridge.
This year, students will be competing in a variety of topics: Bio I, Chem I, Physics as well as in second-year (AP) sciences Bio II, Chem II and Physics C.
How it works: 130+ high schools from all over the state are registered to compete. The schools are grouped into areas. We are in Area 25 and we meet at Jackson Liberty HS to compete with Manasquan, Jackson Liberty, Jackson Memorial, Lakewood and Pt. Pleasant Boro high schools. From there, team scores are reported to a central office where teams as well as individual student scores can be ranked.
Certificates and plaques are awarded after the last of four competitions every year.
Based on the scoring of last year's competitions, our final Team Rankings were as follows:
subject areaArea 25rankstateranknumber of competingschools in stateBiology I 1st 66 128 Biology II (AP) 1st 51 118 Chemistry I 2nd 75 133 Chemistry II (AP) 1st 58 120 HS Physics 1st 31 91 Physics C (AP) 1st 40 70What the Test is About: Each discipline has a slightly different test. For instance, calculators are encouraged for the Chemistry and Physics tests because they emphasize mathematical problems and formulas. All tests are in multiple choice format and are scored on-site.
Test topics vary from month-to-month. Students have 50 minutes to complete the test.
How We Get the Teams: Each school can compete with a team of four students per subject area. For their participation, and for putting in the extra time after school, these students are rewarded with extra credit points in their classes. For the most part, students can be nominated by their teachers. This is a mandatory part of the Gifted and Talented Program, however interested non-G&T students can participate upon request, provided there are openings.