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ALJ Ranks # 86 on NJ Monthly’s List of Top High Schools

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Arthur L Johnson High School, Clark, NJ Credits: Susan Bonnell
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CLARK, NJ – Arthur L. Johnson High School (ALJ) ranked 86th on New Jersey Monthly’s bi-annual list of the top high schools in the state. The school had ranked 40th in the 2012 list.

New Jersey Monthly magazine's ranking of ALJ is based on:

·         Student-Faculty ratio: 10.5. 

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·         Number of AP subjects offered: 16.

·         Percentage of students taking at least one AP course: 22.1%.

·         Percentage scoring 1550 or more on the SAT: 38.7%.

·         Percentage scoring Advanced Proficient on the HSPA 11th Grade state test: 24%

·         Percentage of AP tests resulting in score of 3 or higher: 73.1%

·         Graduation rate: 97%.

·         Percentage enrolled in college 16 months after high school: 85%.

Some of the criteria used for ranking schools has changed since the 2012 reporting.  This makes the current rankings a new starting point and not an exact comparison of performance year over year for any of the schools listed.   This was reflected by Rick Delmonaco, Principal of Arthur L. Johnson when he spoke about the adjustments,  “The ranking criteria changes from year to year.  Many schools dropped, many others went up.”

Delmonaco continued, “The fact that we’re in the top 100 is great, we find that the scores of just a couple of students can make a big difference in where the rank falls, especially when you look at the overall size of the school.” 

ALJ had a grade 12 student population of 191.5. The largest school to make the list was Hunterdon Central Regional (Flemington) with a grade 12 student population of 716.5. That school placed at 44th this year up from 84th in 2012.  The smallest school on the list is South Hunterdon Regional (Lambertville) with a grade 12 student population of 46.5.  Its rank dropped to 100 this year, down from 21 in the prior listing.

Despite the change in ranking for Clark this year under the new measures used, ALJ is still in roughly the top 25% of NJ high schools.  Other local schools performing well in the report were Chatham which landed at the top of the list.  New Providence was No. 1 among Union County high schools, while Westfield ranked No. 21, Governor Livingston (Berkeley Heights) ranked  No. 36, Summit ranked  No. 38, Cranford ranked  No. 49, and Scotch Plains/Fanwood ranked  No. 54.

The full list of 339 ranked high schools was made available online at NJmonthly.com on Sept. 1.

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