5 Jersey Schools Among Top 100 in U.S. According to U.S. News Academic Rankings

April 24, 2013

U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the nation's best high schools is out with a handful of New Jersey schools landing in Top 100.

The Biotechnology High School in Freehold claimed the No. 8 spot while High Technology High School in Lincroft grabbed 12th. Bergen County Academies in Hackensack was listed at 34, Dr. Ronald McNair Academy in Jersey City came in at 50 and the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro was 73.

The report also includes a state-by-state breakdown. The new rankings contain profiles of more than 21,000 public high schools and rankings of the nation's 4,805 high-scoring schools.

The list, available online only, offers data on location, enrollment, ethnicity, school type and results of state assessment proficiency tests and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.

Synthesizing all of the data, U.S. News gave each school a college readiness index score, then numerically ranked and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.

Along with the national rankings, U.S. News released statewide rankings, as well as rankings for the country’s Best Charter Schools and Best Magnet Schools.

"A good high school education is vital to preparing a student for moving on to college or to entering the workforce," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. "The new 2013 Best High Schools rankings will help both students and parents wade through the increasing public school options available."

The methodology to determine the nation's best public high schools is comprised of three steps. The first two steps ensure that the schools serve all their students well, by using the state proficiency standards as the measuring benchmark.

For schools that make it past the first two steps, a third is used to assess "college readiness," or the degree to which schools prepare their students in both participation in and passing of college-level course work using the Advanced Placement® or International Baccalaureate tests as the standard.

For the full list of Best High Schools rankings, visit www.usnews.com/best-high-schools.