Three area high schools are among those named by U.S. News and World Report as among the best in the state and the nation.

The top schools, and their rankings, include:

#18    Summit High School

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#34    New Providence High School

#38    Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today congratulated the schools for being recognized for the excellence. Eleven of the schools are in Lance's district.

“I am proud to congratulate the eleven Seventh District high schools for being named among the best in New Jersey and recognized nationally by U.S. News and World Report’s annual best schools in America,” said Lance.   “This national recognition is testament to the hard work and dedication of students, teachers and parents and I am proud to represent these schools in Congress.”

According to U.S. News and World Report, the rankings include several factors such as students' performance on state exit exams, student-teacher ratio, proficiency in college-level and advanced placement courses and participation in advanced placement classes.

Click here to review the full U.S. News list of 2013 High School Rankings for New Jersey.