Monmouth County’s High Technology High School earned two distinctions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools Rankings.
The Lincroft-based school was named the top-ranked high school in New Jersey, as well as the best high school in the United States for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) —based on an evaluation of student participation and success in Advanced Placement science and math tests.
Overall, High Tech High placed first among 106 New Jersey high schools named to the list and 16th of more than 6,000 schools nationwide. In addition, High Tech High and two other career academies offered through the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) were among 25 of the state’s top high schools to earn golds medals — Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Highlands, which placed ninth; and Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune, taking the 16th spot.
MCVSD’s Wall-based Communication High School received a silver medal in 34th place and bronze-medal winner Biotechnology High School, Freehold, ranked 81st.
Also in Monmouth County, Manasquan High School earned a silver medal, placing it 61st.
Since Belmar and Lake Como do not have a high school, these six high schools are among nine in Monmouth County that accept children living in either municipality.
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 22,000 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
In New Jersey, high school students are assessed in math and English language arts via the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams. High school students are required to study a world language to graduate, according to the New Jersey Department of Education.