LIVINGSTON, NJ — National educational research and rankings firm Niche recently ranked Livingston Public Schools No. 9 in the state and gave them an A+ overall grade in its new 2017 list of Best School Districts. The district ranked No. 73 in the United States.

Individually, Niche gave all nine K-12 schools an A+ overall grade. The district as a whole received an A+ in Academics, Teachers, Clubs & Activities, College Readiness and Health & Safety, but a B- in Diversity. The district also received an A+ in Administration, Sports and Resources & Facilities as well as an A in Food. 

The firm ranked Livingston Public Schools No. 4 in its 2017 list of Best Places to Teach in New Jersey and No. 5 in its 2017 list of Districts with the Best Teachers in New Jersey.

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“Most changes in the results from the 2016 rankings to the 2017 rankings are due to updated data from schools, as well as the inclusion of new schools that have provided adequate data for the ranking, not a change in methodology,” a Niche spokesperson said.

According to Niche, the 2017 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of 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.

Ranking factors included state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more, it said.

According to the firm’s data for Livingston Public Schools, the district has a 98-percent graduation rate, a 13:1 student-teacher ratio (compared to the national average of 16:1), is 75-percent proficient in reading and 65-percent proficient in math.

One reviewer wrote:

"The Livingston school system is rigorous and extremely competitive. Most graduates go to college, and are well-prepared for college. Getting into a good college is extremely important for most students.

"The teachers are motivated, inspired, understanding, and can be intense. Students can choose to take CP classes, which are sometimes too easy, or they can challenge themselves with Honors and AP classes, which are sometimes insanely difficult. The gap between each level makes it difficult to switch between them.

"I take a mixture of the different levels, but many students choose to go 'all or nothing.' Many students are stressed out from taking too many high level courses, and they spend all of their time studying.

"It is easy to get caught up in the competition of the students. The learning experience is great, but the stress can be contagious."

For more information about Niche’s methodology, click here.