CRANFORD – U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s best high schools released Tuesday placed Cranford High School 48th in New Jersey and 1,096st in the nation.

Cranford High School was among 438 of New Jersey’s high school’s to be ranked by U.S. News and 17,245 schools nationwide to make the listing this year.

The U.S. News ranking states the following: “Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Cranford High School is 64%. The total minority enrollment is 15%, and 3% of students are economically disadvantaged.”

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U.S. News says it ranks schools on data, which the schools report to the government. The magazine’s detailed rankings for Cranford include the following:

  • College readiness rank: No. 839
  • College Curriculum Breadth Index Rank: No. 572
  • Math and Reading Proficiency Rank: No. 2,568 
  • Math and Reading Performance Rank: No. 5,021
  • Graduation Rate Rank: No. 5,231 (tie)

Nearby Union County Magnet High School, which draws students from Cranford along with surrounding towns, was ranked eighth in New Jersey and 103rd in the nation, the U.S. News report said.

Writers Roman Chiarello and Matt Kadosh contributed to this report.