Eighty-one New Jersey public high schools rank in the nation’s top 10%, more than twice the number last year, according to figures released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. In 2020, 39 New Jersey schools had that distinction.
The rankings cover more than 17,800 schools, nearly every public high school in the country, and use graduation rates, college readiness, reading and math proficiency and performance, performance by underserved students, and curriculum breadth. The publication measures college readiness by participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.
Fifteen of the state’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) schools placed in the nation’s top 100 STEM schools, including the High Technology High School in Lincroft, second in the nation, and Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison, which ranked tenth among STEM schools.
Eight New Jersey high schools ranked in the nation’s top 100: Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison ranked 23; Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains ranked 49; Bergen County Academies in Hackensack ranked 61; High Technology High School in Lincroft ranked 65; Dr. Ronald E McNair High School in Jersey City ranked 68; Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health in Woodbridge ranked 69; Biotechnology High School in Freehold ranked 80; and Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro ranked 93.
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See the 25 top schools in the state, with their national rankings:
25. Montgomery High School, Skillman. National rank: 592
24. Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes. National rank: 577
23. Ridge High School, Basking Ridge. National rank: 515
22. Princeton High School, Princeton. National rank: 490
21. Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest. National rank: 464
20. Chatham High School, Chatham. National rank: 458
19. Livingston High School, Livingston. National rank: 438
18. Millburn High School, Millburn. National rank: 418
17. Monmouth County Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune. National rank: 377
16. Summit Senior High School, Summit. National rank: 363
15. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, West Windsor. National rank: 339
14. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro. National rank: 293
13. Elizabeth High School, Elizabeth. National rank: 262
12. Glen Ridge High School, Glen Ridge. National rank: 244
11. Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Highlands. National rank: 165
10. Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains. National rank: 146
9. Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains. National rank: 116
8. Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro. National rank: 93
7. Biotechnology High School, Freehold. National rank: 80
6. Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health, Woodbridge. National rank: 69
5. Dr. Ronald E McNair High School, Jersey City. National rank: 68
4. High Technology High School, Lincroft. National rank: 65
3. Bergen County Academies, Hackensack. National rank: 61
2. Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains. National rank: 49
1. Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, Edison. National rank: 23
Riley Yates contributed reporting.
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