MADISON, NJ - The 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings of U.S. high schools has ranked Madison High School 32nd within New Jersey. It also ranks MHS #609 in the national rankings. It notes that its students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Madison High School is 67%. The total minority enrollment is 23%, and 7% of students are economically disadvantaged.
The newly released rankings were discussed at the Board of Education meeting on April 30. Dr. Ron Hendrickson, who has repeatedly opposed the reorganization plan for the district’s schools as proposed by Superintendent Schwarz, noted that Chatham High School, which he said has a similar organization to Madison’s current structure, is ranked even higher at 14th in New Jersey and #351 nationally. He opined that this fact is proof that the current organization in both Madison and Chatham works well. However, by passing the 2019-2020 budget on Tuesday night, the Board of Education, in effect, endorsed and green-lighted the reorganization plan proposed by Schwarz.
Board member Dr. Tom Piskula stated that he believes Madison High School would be ranked higher in the U.S. New & World Report if higher ranked specialized schools, which hand select their students, were excluded from the list. Taking those schools out of the evaluation, he stated that Madison would rank 15th in the state.
Schwarz introduced three new employees of the district. Megan Ehrenfeld is a new Spanish teacher at MHS. Nicole Labombarda is a new French teacher at MJS. Christine Seminerio is the new Director of Special Services. In response to audience questions, Schwarz stated “there will be changes in the elementary schools regarding world languages.”