BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – In real estate website Niche.com’s annual rankings of New Jersey public school systems for the 2019-20 academic year, the Berkeley Heights School District came in No. 31 in New Jersey and No. 5 in Union County.

According to figures reported by Niche.com, the Berkeley Heights School District has 2,674 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 65 percent of students are at least proficient in math and 69 percent in reading.

Berkeley Heights received the following grades from Niche.com:

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

New Jersey’s top school district was Princeton (No. 17 overall). Summit, No. 4 in the state, was the top-rated school district in Union County.

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 100 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