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Niche.com Ranks Top Private Schools in NJ

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Wardlaw-Hartridge received an A+ grade overall in Niche.com's 2016 rankings. Credits: Courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge
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NEW JERSEY -- Niche.com has released its ranking of the 2016 Best Private High Schools in New Jersey. The Lawrenceville School, a private boarding school in Lawrence Township, topped the list.

The Lawrenceville School received A+ rankings for Academics, Educational Outcomes, and Teachers, while its students' Average SAT Score is 2130, compared to the National Average of 1700. The study determined the one thing about Lawrenceville that distinguishes it from other schools: "small classes with unbelievably smart teachers." The annual tuition? $47,840 for day students and $57,840 for boarding students, which is 23% more expensive than the average for other boarding schools, according to StartClass.com.

Several private schools attended by students from Clark made the list. They include:

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Wardlaw-Hartridge (#16), Mount Saint Mary (#27), Seton Hall Prep (#29), St. Peter's Prep (#38), St. Joseph High School (Metuchen) (#41), Union Catholic (Scotch Plains) (#49), Mother Seton (Clark) (#76), and Bishop Ahr (#85).

Wardlaw-Hartridge received an overall A+ grade and scored highly for Academics, Educational Outcomes, Facilities, and Teachers. The school  sends students to colleges and universities including Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, Cornell, NYU, Rutgers, Seton Hall and New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Average SAT Score at Wardlaw is 1910, compared to the National Average of 1700. Wardlaw-Hartridge School is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school in Edison, NJ, serving students from pre-K through 12th grade.

"We take great pride in the quality of our programs in academics, the arts, and athletics," said Andrew Webster, Wardlaw-Hartridge's Head of School. "Each independent school has its own distinctive strengths and qualities. What is most important is the match between the student and the school, and there is no way for Niche or any other group to capture that in a ranking system."

St. Joseph High School (Metuchen) received a A- grade overall and scored highly for Academics, Educational Outcomes and Sports. Founded in 1965, St. Joseph is a private Catholic all-boys college preparatory school located on 70 acres in Metuchen and Edison, NJ. 

  1. The Lawrenceville School ( (Lawrence Township, NJ)
  2. The Pingry School (Warren Township, NJ)
  3. Newark Academy (Livingston Township, NJ)
  4. Delbarton School (Morris Township, NJ)
  5. Kent Place School (Summit, NJ)
  6. Collegiate School (Passaic, NJ)
  7. Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ)
  8. Dwight-Englewood School (Englewood, NJ)
  9. Blair Academy (Blairstown Township, NJ)
  10. Princeton Day School (Princeton, NJ)
  11. Stuart Country Day School (Princeton, NJ)
  12. The Montclair Kimberley Academy (Montclair Township, NJ)
  13. Rutgers Preparatory School (Somerset, NJ)
  14. The Hun School (Princeton, NJ)
  15. The Hudson School (Hoboken, NJ)
  16. Wardlaw-Hartridge School (Edison Township, NJ)
  17. Ranney School (Tinton Falls, NJ)
  18. The Pennington School (Pennington, NJ)
  19. Moorestown Friends School (Moorestown Township, NJ)
  20. Gill St. Bernard's School (Chester Township, NJ)
  21. Oratory Preparatory School (Summit, NJ)
  22. Academy of the Holy Angels (Demarest, NJ)
  23. Oak Knoll School (Summit, NJ)
  24. Villa Walsh Academy (Morris Township, NJ)
  25. The Frisch School (Paramus, NJ)
  26. The Morristown-Beard School (Morris Township, NJ)
  27. Mount Saint Mary Academy (Watchung, NJ)
  28. Christian Brothers Academy (Middletown Township, NJ)
  29. Seton Hall Preparatory School (West Orange Township, NJ)
  30. Golda Och Academy (West Orange Township, NJ)
  31. Villa Victoria Academy (Ewing Township, NJ)
  32. Pioneer Academy of Science (Clifton, NJ)
  33. Saddle River Day School (Saddle River, NJ)
  34. Don Bosco Prep High School (Ramsey, NJ)
  35. Doane Academy (Burlington, NJ)
  36. Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck Township, NJ)
  37. Noor-Ul-Iman School (Heathcote, NJ)
  38. St. Peter's Preparatory School (Jersey City, NJ)
  39. Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, NJ)
  40. Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls (Teaneck Township, NJ)
  41. St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, NJ)
  42. Hillel Yeshiva School (Ocean Township, NJ)
  43. Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (Pennsauken Township, NJ)
  44. Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (Elizabeth, NJ)
  45. Mount St. Dominic Academy (Caldwell, NJ)
  46. St. Augustine Preparatory School (Buena Vista Township, NJ)
  47. Calvary Christian School (Old Bridge Township, NJ)
  48. Lacordaire Academy Secondary School (Upper Montclair, NJ)
  49. Union Catholic Regional High School (Scotch Plains Township, NJ)
  50. Notre Dame High School (Lawrence Township, NJ)
  51. Red Bank Catholic High School (Red Bank, NJ)
  52. Academy of Saint Elizabeth (Morris Township, NJ)
  53. Bruriah High School for Girls (Elizabeth, NJ)
  54. Morris Catholic High School (Denville Township, NJ)
  55. Camden Catholic High School (Cherry Hill Township, NJ)
  56. Trinity Christian School (Montville Township, NJ)
  57. Timothy Christian School (Piscataway Township, NJ)
  58. St. Joseph Regional High School (Montvale, NJ)
  59. Al-Ghazaly High School (Teaneck Township, NJ)
  60. Pope John XXIII High School (Sparta Township, NJ)
  61. Purnell School (Bedminster Township, NJ)
  62. Atlantic Christian School (Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
  63. Hawthorne Christian Academy (Hawthorne, NJ)
  64. Baptist Regional School (Haddon Heights, NJ)
  65. Our Lady of Mercy Academy (Franklin Township, NJ)
  66. New Jersey United Christian Academy (Upper Freehold Township, NJ)
  67. Wildwood Catholic High School (North Wildwood, NJ)
  68. Calvary Academy  (NJ)
  69. The Pilgrim Academy (Galloway Township, NJ)
  70. Cumberland Christian School (Vineland, NJ)
  71. Immaculata High School (Somerville, NJ)
  72. Life Center Academy (Florence Township, NJ)
  73. Eastern Christian High School (North Haledon, NJ)
  74. Barnstable Academy (Oakland, NJ)
  75. St. John Vianney Regional High School (Holmdel Township, NJ)
  76. Mother Seton Regional High School (Clark Township, NJ)
  77. Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, NJ)
  78. Mater Dei (Middletown Township, NJ)
  79. Koinonia Academy (Plainfield, NJ)
  80. Holy Cross High School (Delran Township, NJ)
  81. Holy Spirit High School (Absecon, NJ)
  82. Veritas Christian Academy (Sparta Township, NJ)
  83. St. Rose High School (Belmar, NJ)
  84. Paul VI High School (Haddon Township, NJ)
  85. Benedictine Academy (Elizabeth, NJ)
  86. Bishop George Ahr High School (Edison Township, NJ)
  87. DePaul Catholic High School (Wayne Township, NJ)
  88. Gloucester County Christian School (Richwood, NJ)
  89. St. Mary of the Assumption High School (Elizabeth, NJ)
  90. St. Mary High School (Rutherford, NJ)
  91. Immaculate Conception High School (Montclair Township, NJ)
  92. St. Benedict's Preparatory School (Newark, NJ)
  93. Immaculate Conception High School (Lodi, NJ)
  94. Cape Christian Academy (Cape May Court House, NJ)
  95. Cardinal McCarrick High School (South Amboy, NJ)*
  96. Marist High School (Bayonne, NJ)
  97. Queen of Peace High School (North Arlington, NJ)
  98. Hudson Catholic Regional High School (Jersey City, NJ)
  99. Gloucester Catholic High School (Gloucester City, NJ)
  100. Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle, NJ)

* Niche.com ranked Cardinal McCarrick High School (South Amboy) in its list. However, the school closed in June 2015.

Editor's Note: St. Joseph High School, Metuchen is an advertiser of TAPinto.net. For information about advertising, contact eclee@tapinto.net.

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