New Jersey’s Top High Schools

New Jersey’s Top High Schools

By Alyssa LaFage | The Save Jersey Blog

Last week, Save Jerseyans, the U.S. News came out with its annual list of the top high schools in the nation and, for 2016, out of the top 200 schools on the list, New Jersey filled 10 spots.

The publication evaluated over 28,000 schools to make their determination of the best of the best in public high schools. In addition to having above average representation on the national ranking list, New Jersey held 2 top 10 spots on the 2016 Best STEM High Schools.

“The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, takes the No. 1 spot in the national rankings for the fifth straight year, followed by two Arizona schools: BASIS Scottsdale at No. 2 and BASIS Tucson North at No. 3. High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey, is once again the nation’s Best STEM School. U.S. News also released new Best Charter Schools, Best Magnet Schools and individual statewide rankings.”

Below is the New Jersey breakdown listed by national ranking:

  1. High Technology High School – Middletown (11th nationally)
  2. Biotechnology High School – Freehold (14th nationally)
  3. Dr. Ronald E McNair High School – Jersey City (48th nationally)
  4. Bergen County Technical High School – Teterboro (61st nationally)
  5. Bergen County Academies – Hackensack (92nd nationally)
  6. Union County Magnet High School – Scotch Plains (134th nationally)
  7. Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies – Edison (167th nationally)
  8. Elizabeth High School – Elizabeth (183rd nationally)
  9. Academy of Allied Health and Science – Neptune (189th nationally)
  10. Princeton High School – Princeton (192nd nationally)

A key comparison done to rank the states in the U.S. News approach to ranking is how students performed compared to their state’s average. New Jersey has one of the highest averages nationwide which makes it more difficult to score points under this methodology. 

Here’s a link to the full list of 2016 Best High Schools Rankings:



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