ELIZABETH, NJ – Elizabeth High School has been ranked No. 1 in New Jersey by The Washington Post for the second consecutive year in the media outlet’s 2015 America’s Most Challenging High Schools rankings. EHS also earned rankings of No. 2 in the Northeast and No. 39 in the U.S. In addition, Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy joined EHS among the top 25 most challenging schools in the state,

The Washington Post creates its rankings each year by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and dividing by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June, which The Post refers to as its challenge index. Approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools managed to reach the challenge index standard of 1.00 to earn a ranking.

This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the school has appeared in The Post’s rankings. EHS has moved up 139 places since ranking No. 178 in the nation in 2011 and has more than doubled its challenge index in 2011 (3.649) with a 2015 challenge index of 8.142.

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Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy was ranked No. 25 in New Jersey, No. 160 in the Northeast, and No. 1,018 in the U.S. Hamilton, appearing in The Post’s rankings for the fourth straight year, had a challenge index of 2.360 in 2015, which is a significant increase from its challenge index of 1.369 just two years ago. In 2012, Hamilton Prep appeared in the rankings for the first time at No. 66 in New Jersey, unranked in the Northeast, and 1,463 in the U.S.

Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer said, “Elizabeth High School ranking number one in New Jersey for the second straight year and Hamilton Preparatory Academy appearing among the top 25 schools in the state are shining examples of our commitment to preparing students for postsecondary education,” Hugelmeyer said. “Our high school graduation standard, in terms of credits needed to graduate, is the highest in the state and these recognitions by The Washington Post are further evidence that we are strongly competing academically among the best schools in New Jersey and America.”