MORRISTOWN, NJ —New Jersey Monthly has announced the results of its 2014 survey of the state’s Top Public High Schools with Livingston coming in at #16.

Only two Essex County high schools were on the list while Morris and Bergen County dominated with five schools each in the top 20.

Livingston’s neighbor, Chatham High School came in as the new #1, which climbed from number 20 in the previous ranking, published in Sept. 2012.

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A list of the Top 100 public high schools will appear in the September issue of New Jersey Monthly, which will be available on Aug. 26. Also, a complete list of all 339 schools rated by the magazine will be published Sept. 2 at

New Jersey Monthly publishes its list of the best high schools in New Jersey every other year and rankings are compiled by Leflein Associates, an independent research company in Ringwood. Results came from data provided by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and were based on information compiled about the 2012-2013 school year. Among the factors taken into consideration are student/teacher ratio; student results on the SAT, HSPA and AP or IB tests; and graduation rates.

Due to changes in data provided by the DOE, the ranking’s this year included two additional factors. The SAT performance score for each school is based on the percentage of students scoring 1,550 or better on the annual tests, a benchmark the DOE says is “associated with a high likelihood of college success.” Also, the Student Outcomes score includes “post-secondary enrollment,” a calculation of the percentage of students enrolled in a two- or four-year college at least 16 months after high school graduation.

“We specifically added these new data points to our scoring system to help identify the high schools that are doing the best job in preparing their students for success at the college level,” says New Jersey Monthly Editor Ken Schlager.

The complete list of New Jersey’s top 20 schools for 2014:


  1. Chatham High School (Morris County)

  2. Haddonfield Memorial High School (Camden County)

  3. Northern Highlands Regional High School (Bergen County)

  4. West Morris Mendham High School (Morris County)

  5. Millburn High School (Essex County)

  6. New Providence High School (Union County) *

  7. Pascack Hills High School (Bergen County)

  8. Glen Rock High School (Bergen County)

  9. Marlboro High School (Monmouth County)

  10. Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (Monmouth County)

  11. West Morris Central High School (Morris County)

  12. Holmdel High School (Monmouth County)

  13. Ridge High School (Somerset County)

  14. Moorestown High School (Burlington County)

  15. Bernards High School (Somerset County)

  16. Livingston High School (Essex County)

  17. Tenafly High School (Bergen County)

  18. Cresskill High School (Bergen County)

  19. Mountain Lakes High School (Morris County)

  20. Kinnelon High School (Morris County)


* New Providence High School ranked Number 1 in the previous chart, published in September 2012.


New Jersey’s Top 10 Vocational High Schools, 2014:

1. Academy for Science, Mathematics & Engineering Technologies (Middlesex County)

2. High Technology High (Monmouth County)

3T. Academy of Allied Health and Science (Monmouth County)

3T. Union County Magnet (Union County)

5. Marine Academy of Science and Technology (Monmouth County)

6. Academy for Information Technology (Union County)

7. Bergen County Academies (Bergen County)

8T. Bergen County Technical (Bergen County)

8T. Biotechnology High (Monmouth County)

10. Communications High (Monmouth County)