LIVINGSTON, NJ — Based on several notable factors such as student performance on state assessments, college readiness and more, Livingston High School (LHS) has been ranked as No. 605 in the nation and No. 25 in New Jersey on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list of “Best U.S. High Schools.”
LHS was also the second Essex County school listed on the statewide ranking, following closely behind No. 16 Millburn High School.
Out of the 409 schools ranked in New Jersey, LHS was listed as follows for each individual ranking factor:
- College Readiness Index: No. 29
- College Curriculum Breadth Index: No. 28
- Math and Reading Proficiency: No. 37
- Math and Reading Performance: No. 63
- Graduation Rate: No. 86
Using a scorecard that revealed the percentage of students who took at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam and passed at least one AP exam as well as the student body’s overall mathematics proficiency, reading proficiency and graduation rate percentages, U.S. News gave LHS an overall score of 96.6 out of 100.
Based on the total enrollment of 1,917 students at LHS, those percentages were presented as follows:
- Took at least one AP exam: 66%
- Passed at least one AP exam: 62%
- Mathematics proficiency: 56%
- Reading proficiency: 78%
- Graduation rate: 97%
According to U.S. News & World Report, a great high school “educates all students from different social and economic backgrounds, exposing them to challenging coursework on the path to graduation.” In its methodology for the 2020 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News explained that the highest-ranked public schools are those whose students “demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed a diverse array of college-level exams and graduated in high proportions.”