HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Newsweek Magazine has ranked Hillsborough High School as one of the best in the nation.

The magazine’s annual ranking of the Top 500 high schools in the nation places Hillsborough High School at number 217.  The rankings are based on the results of state testing, Advanced Placement tests and both SAT and ACT exams.

Also factored into the rankings are graduation rates, the ratio of counselors to students, the percentage of students participating in Advanced Placement courses and the percentage of students who enroll in college after graduation.

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The data used to calculate the rankings is supplied by the National Center for Education Statistics.

"The district is thrilled to have Hillsborough High School recognized by Newsweek as one of the top public high schools in the country. This distinction is an honor that was earned through the hard work and dedication of the students, staff, administration and parents of Hillsborough High School," said Dr. Jorden Schiff, Superintendent of Schools.

New Jersey has three of the Top Ten schools in the nation, according to the Newsweek article.

Ranked second best high school in the country is The Academy for Math, Science, and Engineering in Rockaway; ranked fourth is the Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains and ranked 10th is the Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison.

All three schools have a selective enrollment process and attract the top students from school districts throughout the state.

New Jersey has 51 of the Top 500 schools on the list.

The number one school in the nation is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, according to the magazine.