LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although Livingston Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Block is typically "careful about celebrating rankings," he was proud to announce this week that Livingston Public Schools (LPS) has been ranked as No. 1 in the state and No. 21 in the country on Niche.com’s 2021 list of “Best Places to Teach.”

LPS was also ranked as No. 3 on Niche.com’s 2021 Districts with the Best Teachers in New Jersey and No. 5 on the list of 2021 Best School Districts in New Jersey.

Of the many awards and accolades that LPS has received over the years, Block said being recognized as the top district to teach in was particularly special, as it serves as a tribute to all of the students, staff and community members who “make LPS a great place to teach and learn each and every day."

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“I think that says so much about our students, our organization from top to bottom, our board and our community support," he said. "It is really a great honor to be ranked the number one best place to teach, and we are ranked No. 21 out of 11,294 districts in the country…I still think we’re No.1 in the country, but we'll take 21 out of 11,294.”

After trailing just behind Millburn Township Public Schools last week as No. 2 on the ranking site’s 2021 list of Best Public High Schools in Essex County, LPS surpassed Millburn on the statewide list for Best Places to Teach.

The Millburn school district was ranked as No. 2, followed by Northern Valley Regional school district in Demarest at No. 3 and West Essex Regional Public Schools in North Caldwell at No. 4.

“I can attest from personal experience that [Livingston] is the best place to teach,” said Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) President Ronnie Konner. “[We have] the best students, the best colleagues and the best administrators, so we're very, very proud of that.”

All public school rankings on Niche.com are based on key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews submitted by students and parents.

Ranking factors included teacher salaries, teacher tenure, teacher absenteeism, student-teacher ratio, as well as the district's overall Niche.com grade and its grades for administration, health/safety and resources/facilities.

LPS holds a grade of A+ in all of the above categories, including its overall grade on Niche.com.

According to most recent statistics on Niche.com, the average teacher salary at LPS is $85,778; the student-teacher ratio for current enrollment is 13:1 (compared to the national average of 17:1); and 11.3 percent of LPS teachers are currently in their first or second year of employment.

To read more about how Niche.com calculated this ranking, visit the methodology page BY CLICKING HERE.

LPS also ranked at No. 4 on this year’s list of Safest School Districts in New Jersey. CLICK HERE to see more rankings by Niche.com.