Cranford Makes Newsweek List of Top High Schools

More than 70 New Jersey schools made the prestigious list. Where do the Cougars rank on the list?

Newsweek just released its list of the best public high schools in the country and Cranford ranked 279 out of the 1,000 schools that made the list.

Elsewhere around Union County's public schools, Elizabeth High School ranked 217, New Providence ranked 224, Summit ranked 251,Governor Livingston High in Berkeley Heights ranked 498, Jonathan Dayton in Springfield ranked 584, Westfield High ranked 352 and Scotch Plains/Fanwood ranked 769.

Scotch Plains/Fanwood also has three magnet schools — Union County Magnet High School (102), Academy for Science and Technology (143), Academy for Allied Health Sciences (167) — on the list.

Biotechnology High School in Freehold was the highest-ranking school in the Garden State, coming in 20th, followed by Bergen County Academies at 21 and McNair Academy in Jersey City, which earned the 48th spot. Millburn, at 83, is the state's highest-rated public high in the state. To see the New Jersey Schools that earned spots on the list, click here.

Schools must agree to participate in the Newsweek survey; if a school's officials don't agree, the school will not be on the list. No data on which schools didn't agree to be part of the survey was reported.

According to the magazine's story, “This year’s ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation—the ones that have proved to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads."Schools administrators must provide six components for the rankings; the percentages in parentheses indicate the weight the categories carry in the review process: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent).

To see the full U.S. list, click here.

Jas June 01, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Really? Cranford is ranked 279 and Elizabeth 217? This doesn't seem right!
Michele June 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Jas, I agree. Furthermore Berkley Heights, New Providence and Westfield ALL came in behind Elizabeth High. This reminds me of a number of years ago when Camden and Trenton schools were rated the highest in NJ. It turned out that the teachers were changing test scores. I'm sure the same could be said for Elizabeth but when you look at ALL the money the state paid to Elizabeth High (it was on one of the charts) it is a HUGE embarrasment that all the state does is throw good money after bad. Elizabeth high is a school where they have electronic gates that come crashing down in case of riots. Sure, they're number 217. Something is not adding up at all.


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