ELIZABETH, NJ – Elizabeth High School – Frank J. Cicarell Academy has been ranked 66th out of the nation’s 24,000 public secondary schools and 11th among New Jersey schools to make the top 100 Best Public High Schools in the U.S., according to TheBestSchools.org.  

TheBestSchools.org, a resource for prospective students seeking a degree program or following news within higher education, uses the following criteria to determine the best public high schools ranking: strength of high school curriculum, school Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) participation rate, percent of students AP tested and passed and percent IB tested and passed, reading and math results on each state’s proficiency tests, SAT/ACT scores, student graduation rate, performance of disadvantaged students, student-teacher ratio, student reviews from notable sources, percentage of college bound students, and facilities, clubs, and activities.

“Our vision is for Elizabeth Public Schools to be one of the highest performing urban school districts in the nation. Elizabeth High School being ranked among the top 100 high schools in the United States is a good indicator that we are heading in the right direction,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer.

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“I commend the students and staff at Elizabeth High School for earning a spot among the top 100 high schools in TheBestSchools.org rankings. It is a great validation for the hard work put forth by the staff to prepare their students for college and career and the determination of the students to achieve their goals and succeed in life,” said Elizabeth Board of Education President Stanley Neron.

To view the entire list of The 100 Best Public High Schools in the U.S., visit http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/best-public-high-schools-us/. For further information on Elizabeth Public Schools, visit www.epsnj.org.