NEW JERSEY – Real estate website Niche.com has released its annual rankings of New Jersey public school systems for the 2019-20 academic year, and the Livingston School District has been rated No. 3 in New Jersey. It was one of two Essex County districts in the top three, along with No. 2 Millburn.

Charles "Buddy" August, president of the Livingston Board of Education, credited the district's teachers for the high ranking.

"This is a great thing for all the staff members who teach in Livingston," he said. "They are the ones that make the product, so to speak. They deserve all the credit for this."

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According to figures reported by Niche.com, Livingston Public Schools has 5,814 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13-1. According to state test scores, 69 percent of students are at least proficient in math and 80 percent in reading. Livingston received the following grades from Niche.com:

Overall Niche Grade: A+
Academics: A+
Teachers: A+
College Prep: A+
Health & Safety: A+
Clubs & Activities: A+
Administration: A+
Sports: A-
Food: A+
Diversity: B
Resources & Facilities: A+

August said he also was impressed with Livingston's ranking on a national scale.

"There are so many ratings that come out each year, and No. 3 is great, but, to me, even better is being No. 30 in the country," August said. "All the board members should be ecstatic about this. It's a great place to be, and hopefully it will make more people want to move here. I have heard that the real estate market in Livingston is doing great."

To assess the school districts, Niche.com come assigns letter grades to eight factors:

 

Factor
    
Weight

Academics (state assessments, SAT/ACT scores)
    

50.0%

Teachers (salaries, absenteeism, state test results)
    

15.0%

Culture & Diversity (racial and economic diversity)
    

10.0%

Parent/Student Surveys
    

10.0%

Health & Safety (absenteeism, suspensions)
    

5.0%

Resources & Facilities
    

5.0%

Clubs & Activities
    

2.5%

Sports (# of sports, participation, facilities)
    

2.5%

Below is Niche.com’s ranking of New Jersey’s top 25 districts:

    1. Princeton (No. 17 overall)
    2. Millburn (No. 20 overall)
    3. Livingston (No. 30 overall)
    4. Summit (No. 48 overall)
    5. Tenafly (No. 49 overall)
    6. Northern Valley Regional (No. 55 overall)
    7. Mountain Lakes (No. 71 overall)
    8. Bernards Township (No. 83 overall)
    9. Haddonfield (No. 87 overall)
    10. Montgomery Township (No. 94 overall)
    11. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional
    12. Hopewell Valley Regional
    13. South Brunswick
    14. Westfield
    15. Hillsborough
    16. Ridgewood
    17. Fair Lawn
    18. Moorestown Township
    19. Mahwah Township
    20. West Morris Regional
    21. Holmdel Township
    22. Bridgewater-Raritan Regional
   23.  Cranford
    24. New Providence
    25. East Brunswick