ELIZABETH, NJ – The Washington Post has voted Elizabeth High School as the No. 1 most challenging high school in New Jersey for the fourth consecutive year in the newspaper’s newly released report of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
Two Elizabeth Public Schools made the list, placing among the top ten in The Post rankings for the second consecutive year. Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy came in at No. 7 in New Jersey. Nationwide, EHS was ranked at No. 72 and Hamilton Preparatory Academy at No. 252 among the top 300 high schools in the country according to The Post.
The Post ranks high schools using the Challenge Index, a measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college. The formula divides the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gave in 2015 by the number of graduating seniors. While not a measure of the overall quality of the school, the rating can reveal the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing students for postsecondary education.
“Our goals as a district are college preparedness, career readiness, and on-tine graduation,” said Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “The fact that we have placed two high schools among the top ten in New Jersey and top 300 nationally, as well as four high schools in the overall rankings, shows that we are committed to and meeting these goals and preparing our students for success after high school.”
EHS and Hamilton Preparatory Academy both moved up slightly from 2016, in which they were ranked No. 73 and No. 259 respectively. Two other Elizabeth public schools also made the list: Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy, No. 114 in New Jersey; No. 1,952 in U.S.; and John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, No. 139 in New Jersey; No. 2,083 in U.S
"A large part of the responsibility of the Elizabeth Board of Education is to ensure that our school system is providing high quality instruction so our students graduate from Elizabeth Public Schools college and career ready,” said Elizabeth Board of Education President Stanley Neron. “I applaud the efforts of our four high schools that appeared in the rankings and commend the teachers and administration for their commitment to rigorous instruction as well as the students for embracing the challenge, believing in themselves, and pushing themselves to succeed.”