HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — For the second year in a row, the township’s school district has been named as one of the best in New Jersey by Niche.com, a national service that rates the quality of public schools, colleges, best neighborhoods and other quality of life issues.

This year, the school district was ranked 23rd; in 2016, it was ranked 21st.

"Hillsborough's ranking by niche.com as the 23rd best school district in New Jersey is a great compliment. It is a recognition that was earned through the hard work, dedication, and support of our teachers, students, staff, administrators, parents, and Board of Education," said Dr. Jorden Schiff, Superintendent of Schools.

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Niche.com, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., utilizes a broad-based methodology to determine the ranking, including feedback from students and parents, grades, extra-curricular opportunities, teachers, facilities, even cafeteria food.

Niche.com also analyzes academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores. 

The Princeton school district was rated No. 1 in New Jersey for the second year in a row and sixth nationally. Montgomery Schools were rated fifth in the state and 60th nationally.

Other rankings for nearby school districts include South Brusnwick, No. 16; Somerset Hills Regional High School District, No. 21; Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, No. 34 and Piscataway, No. 77

To get to these results, Niche analyzed academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. 

The Hillsborough School District received several accolades last year:

-US News and World Report ranked Hillsborough High School 54th in the state;

- Niche.com included four of the township’s elementary schools in its list of the top 100 statewide. Hillsborough Township Elementary School was ranked 77, followed by Sunnymead Elementary School, 81; Amsterdam Elementary School, 86, and Woods Road Elementary School, 90.