NEW JERSEY – In real estate website Niche.com’s annual rankings of New Jersey public school systems for the 2019-20 academic year, the Bernards Township School District came in No. 1 in Somerset County and No. 8 in the entire state.

According to figures reported by Niche.com, the Bernards School District has 5,342 students in grades Pre-K, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 78 percent of students are at least proficient in math and 80 percent in reading. Bernards Township received the following grades from Niche.com:


Overall Niche Grade: A+
Academics: A+
Teachers: A+
College Prep: A+
Health & Safety: A
Clubs & Activities: A+
Administration: A
Sports: A+
Food: A-
Diversity: B-
Resources & Facilities: A-

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New Jersey’s top five school districts were Princeton (No. 17 overall), Millburn (No. 20 overall), Livingston (No. 30 overall), Summit (No. 48 overall) and Tenafly (No. 49). To assess the school districts, Niche.com come assigns letter grades to eight factors:

Factor
    

Weight

Academics (state assessments, SAT/ACT scores)
    

50.0%

Teachers (salaries, absenteeism, state test results)
    

15.0%

Culture & Diversity (racial and economic diversity)
    

10.0%

Parent/Student Surveys
    

10.0%

Health & Safety (absenteeism, suspensions)
    

5.0%

Resources & Facilities
    

5.0%

Clubs & Activities
    

2.5%

Sports (# of sports, participation, facilities)
    

2.5%

 

Below is Niche.com’s ranking of New Jersey’s top 25 districts:

    1. Princeton (No. 17 overall)
    2. Millburn Township (No. 20 overall)
    3. Livingston Board of Education (No. 30 overall)
    4. Summit (No. 48 overall)
    5. Tenafly (No. 49 overall)
    6. Northern Valley Regional (No. 55 overall)
    7. Mountain Lakes (No. 71 overall)
    8. Bernards Township (No. 83 overall)
    9. Haddonfield (No. 87 overall)
    10. Montgomery Township (No. 94 overall)
    11. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional
    12. Hopewell Valley Regional
    13. South Brunswick
    14. Westfield
    15. Hillsborough Township
    16. Ridgewood
    17. Fair Lawn
    18. Moorestown Township
    19. Mahwah Township
    20. West Morris Regional
    21. Holmdel Township
    22. Bridgewater-Raritan Regional
   23.  Cranford
    24. New Providence
    25. East Brunswick