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National Study Ranks Hillsborough High School 54th Best School in New Jersey

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The accolades continue to roll in for the township’s students, teachers and administrators.

US News and World Report has ranked Hillsborough High School as one of the top 100 high school s in New Jersey in its annual rankings of high schools nationwide.

More than 28,000 high schools were evaluated in each of the 50 states; New Jersey had five of the top 100 high schools nationwide.

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Hillsborough High School ranked 54th in the state, according to the 2016 report.

It is just the latest distinction earned by the school district this year.

In January, Hillsborough schools were ranked number 21 in the state by Niche.com, based on a broad set of criteria, including feedback from students and parents, grades, extra-curricular opportunities, teachers, facilities, even cafeteria food.

The website is a national service that rates the quality of public schools, colleges, best neighborhoods and other quality of life issues.

"This ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the administration, staff, and students at each of the nine schools in our district,” Dr. Jorden Schiff, superintendent of Hillsborough Township Public Schools said at that time..

 “The fact that a portion of the methodology used by Niche.com includes opinions submitted by students and parents speaks volumes to the support that we receive from the community as well," he added.

In February, 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.

"This is wonderful news for our district. Our entire community has a vested interest in seeing our young students learn and grow,” Schiff said.

Earlier this month, Diana Voronin, a 15-year-old student at Hillsborough High School was invited to the White House by President Obama for the 6th annual White House Science Fair, a showcase for the nation’s top high school students.

She and 99 other students were recognized for their achievements in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math; she invented a wristband that helps stroke victims during the rehabilitation process.

According to the website, US News & World Report evaluated schools in four areas:

-       Overall student performance on state-required tests. In most cases, schools had to perform better than expected, given their student poverty levels, to make it to the next phase. Then, U.S. News factored in how effectively schools educated their disadvantaged students – those of black, Hispanic and low-income backgrounds;

-       A new third step in the methodology focused on high school graduation rates. Schools had to have a graduation rate of at least 68 percent to be eligible for a gold, silver or bronze medal – a basic standard that ensured the Best High Schools aren't struggling to launch their students;

-       Finally, schools were evaluated on how well they prepared students for college based on participation in and performance on AP and IB exams.

The top ten high schools in New Jersey were:

1.   High Technology High School, Middletown;

2.   Biotechnology High School, Freehold;

3.   Dr. Ronald E McNair High School, Jersey City;

4.   Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro;

5.   Bergen County Academies, Hackensack; (92nd nationally)

6.   Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains;

7.   Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, Edison;

8.   Elizabeth High School, Elizabeth;

9.   Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune;

10. Princeton High School, Princeton.

Bernards High School in Bernardsville, Ridge High School in Basking Ridge and Montgomery High School were also ranked in the top 100 high schools in New Jersey. 

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