LIVINGSTON, NJ — Niche.com, who recently ranked all six Livingston Public Elementary Schools in the Top 50 Best Elementary School Teachers in New Jersey, also named Livingston High School (LHS) the 29th best public school in the state. Niche.com is a site that evaluates United States and Puerto Rican schools based on parent and teacher reviews and multiple other credentials that landed LHS with an A+ overall grade.

According to the methodology behind the ranking, the public high school received an A+ in academics, administration, policies, education al outcomes, resources, facilities and teachers. The lowest grade LHS received overall was a B- in student culture and diversity.

Niche.com uses an extremely detailed method when it ranks New Jersey systems in these lists. To rank the Top 100 best public high schools, the site analyzed dozens of key statistics from 14,431 high schools. For LHS to rank at such a high number and grade, Niche.com considered it an “exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly.”

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The Best Public High Schools ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at public high schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico,” Niche says. “It uses data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s own proprietary data, and 4,625,227 opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from 287,560 current students, recent alumni, and parents.”

Also according to Niche.com, a high ranking in Overall Experience generally indicates that:

•   Students are very happy with their experiences in all aspects, including academics, teachers, health, safety, resources, facilities, extracurricular activities, sports, and fitness;

•   The school is an exceptional academic institution in terms of teachers, students, resources for learning, and student outcomes;

•   The school is made up of a diverse population and fosters an accepting, positive school culture;

•   Students are actively involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and sports the school offers.

The academics grade incorporated statistics and student alumni and parent surveys regarding academics at the high school, which was weighted 50 percent of the overall grade. According to Niche.com, 556,102 opinions from 211,873 unique students, recent alumni and parents about overall schooling experience were used for the study. A school required at least seven unique responses to be considered for the ranking.

“While our ranking shows the top high schools, we use grades to provide the user some context to those rankings and also to provide insight into schools that did not make the top school list,” Niche says. “It’s important to focus on more than just the number in the ranking. Given the high number of schools included in this ranking, there may not be a large gap between the 15th and 30th ranked schools.”

Niche.com wants readers to remember that the number does not mean as much as the grade. For instance, a school at Number 15 might have the same grade as the school at Number 30. According to the methodology, both are exceptional schools in comparison to the total population of nationwide high schools.

“Grades are assigned based on how each school performs compared to all other schools included in the ranking by using [a distribution of grades and z-scores,” Niche says.