LIVINGSTON, NJ - In its new ranking of the Best Public School Districts, K12Niche.com, which provides rankings of schools across the country, listed the Livingston School District as #17 among the top 100 districts in New Jersey. Niche also ranked Best NJ Public High Schools, with Livingston High School ranked #29, and Best Private Schools, with Newark Academy ranked #5.

K12Niche.com reported that the Livingston School District has 5,714 students attending nine schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 90 percent of students in this district are proficient in math and/or reading. In addition, the district has an annual budget of $118,609,000, spending an average of $20,362 per student.

According to K12Niche.com, a high district ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.

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The grading system took into account the following (with Livingston District grades in parenthesis):

  • Academics (A+)
  • Administration & Policies (A)
  • Educational Outcomes (A+)
  • Extracurriculars (A)
  • Food (A)
  • Health & Safety (A)
  • Resources & Facilities (A)
  • Sports & Fitness (A)
  • Student Culture & Diversity (B-)
  • Teachers (A+)

Key Livingston District Findings:

  • Average Graduation Rate: 98.0% (National Average: 81.0%)
  • Average High School Dropout Rate: 0% (National Average: 1.9%)
  • Math Proficiency: 91.0%
  • Reading Proficiency: 88.0%
  • Highest GPA (25th-75th Percentile): 3.06 – 3.80
  • Average SAT Score: 1920 (National Average: 1730)
  • Average ACT Score: 29 (National Average: 26)

Statewide Top 20 Districts:

  1. Millburn Township
  2. Princeton
  3. Mountain Lakes
  4. Pascack Valley Regional High (River Vale Township, NJ)
  5. Northern Highlands Regional High (Upper Saddle River, NJ)
  6. Summit
  7. Bernards Township
  8. Chatham  
  9. Montgomery Township
  10. Ridgewood
  11. West Windsor-Plainfield Regional
  12. Hunterdon Central Regional
  13. West Morris Regional
  14. Creskill
  15. Tenefly
  16. Haddonfeld
  17. Livingston
  18. Morristown
  19. New Providence
  20. South Brunswick

Read the full methodology.