BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Fresh on the heels of its ranking with Newsweek, Bridgewater-Raritan High School has been named the No. 67 school in the state, according to NJ Monthly magazine.

The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of Education, according to NJ Monthly.

“The recognition is quite an accomplishment for all us, in all of our schools, not just the high school,” said BRHS principal Mark Morrell. “Our staff works very hard each day and I’m proud of their daily effort.”

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The honors from NJ Monthly and Newsweek, Morrell said, represent the years of hard work done by the students.

“The support of the community and values instilled by parents certainly give us an advantage,” he said. “Our students demonstrate a strong work ethic, good citizenship and dedication every day.”

“It is by focusing on those inputs that we hope to continue to improve and enable students to have greater future opportunities,” he added.

Factors evaluated in the ranking include: Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests taken as a percentage of the student population and in AP and IB student test scores; SAT testing; percent of students that graduate high school and percent that remain in four-year colleges 16 months after graduation from high school; and new this year is student participation in visual and performing arts classes.

According to New Jersey Monthly's Ken Schlager, "A new factor in the chart is student participation in visual and performing arts classes."

For non-subscribers, the issue hits newsstands Aug. 30, and the full list of 337 ranked high schools will be available on starting Sept. 1.