CLARK, NJ — U.S. News & World Report released its '2021 Best High Schools' list which includes rankings for all secondary schools in the State of New Jersey and throughout the Unites States this week.
According to the list, Arthur L. Johnson (ALJ) High School, which has an enrollment of 709 students and a student to teacher ratio of approximately 11:1, is ranked 146th in New Jersey and 3,956 nationally. For 2020, the Clark-based ninth through 12th grade school was ranked 237th in the state and 6,941 nationally.
"While we are pleased with the increase in our most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking from the last one in 2020, we also understand that the factors which are considered vary between the different groups that release school rankings and even for the same group over different years," Clark's Superintendent Ed Grande told TAPinto. "With that being said, we use our rankings as opportunities to celebrate our growth and success and to reflect on areas of needed improvement."
For 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked approximately 24,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Of that total, 17,867 are traditional high schools with the others classified as magnet, charter, or STEM-based. For the rankings, the magazine utilized a methodology that focused on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates. The data draws from the 2018-2019 school year and, therefore, was not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In New Jersey, a total of 406 schools were ranked with three Union County-based Vo-Tech District Schools – Union County Magnet School, Academy for Information Technology, and Academy for Allied Health Sciences – rounding out the Top 10 for the state.
For 2021, the top 10 schools in New Jersey, along with their respective national rankings, are as follows:
- Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies (Edison); 27th nationally
- High Technology High School (Lincroft); 53rd nationally, 1st STEM
- Bergen County Academies (Hackensack); 54th nationally
- Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health (Woodbridge); 61st nationally
- Dr. Ronald E McNair High School (Jersey City); 73rd nationally
- Union County Magnet High School (Scotch Plains – Union County Vo-Tech School District); 83rd nationally
- Biotechnology High School (Freehold);91st nationally
- Bergen County Technical High School (Teterboro); 92nd nationally
- Academy for Information Technology (Scotch Plains - Union County Vo-Tech School District); 123rd nationally
- Academy for Allied Health Sciences (Scotch Plains – Union County Vo-Tech School); 158th nationally
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