MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn High School ranked no. 13 in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report rankings of Top New Jersey High Schools rankings published Tuesday. On the national stage, Millburn High School ranked no. 316 in the nation jumping up from no. 402 in 2016 among 22,000 high schools nationwide. This places Millburn High School in the top 1.5% of high schools across the US and locked down another gold medal distinction, an honor reserved for the top 2.4% of schools.
U.S. News and World Report use a four-step process to assess schools starting with student performance in comparison to state expectations. Reading and math scores from state exams are weighted with the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in the school. Next, the scores of the disadvantaged students, defined by the online magazine as "black, Hispanic and low-income," are compared with the state averages to ascertain if students in specific schools are scoring higher despite the challenges.
Schools with graduation rates less than 75% are excluded from the rankings, and finally, the schools are assessed on the College Readiness Index. This index includes the number of students taking AP (advanced placement) classes and the results of students taking the AP exam at the end of the year. Millburn's AP exam pass rate is a staggering 96%.
In 2016, Millburn High School ranked no. 24 in the state, but stormed up the list to no. 13 for 2017.
Millburn High School jumped eight spots to take no. 46 in the Best High Schools for STEM. Only the top 500 schools from the national rankings are evaluated for the STEM rankings with the guiding principal that "students must participate in and pass a robust curriculum of college-level math and science courses." Millburn ranks in the top 10% of STEM high schools nationwide.
In order to be eligible for a state ranking by U.S. News, a school must be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal. Only 25 schools received gold medals, including Millburn High School, and 106 NJ schools made the U.S. News ranking. For this particular list, U.S. News considered data from a total of 424 high schools in 308 NJ school districts, each assessed in math and English language arts via the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams.
To view the full national rankings, please visit U.S. National Rankings.
To view the full national STEM rankings, please visit U.S. STEM.
To view the full New Jersey rankings, please visit NJ Rankings.