MILLBURN, NJ — Millburn Township Public Schools ranked No. 2 in New Jersey and No. 36 in the nation, down from No. 24 last year, in the Niche annual rankings of the Best Public School Districts. Millburn Township ranks among the top one-third of 1 percent among public schools nationwide. Millburn took the top spot for Best District in Essex County.

Millburn scored an A+ in key categories in including academics, teachers, clubs and activities, administration and college readiness. Schools scored an A for health and safety, resources and facilities and sports. The only two categories where Millburn fell short was in student diversity receiving a B- with low racial diversity in the student body profile and a B for food.

Academics account for 50 percent of the Niche scoring criteria, and Millburn excelled in this category. With a 98% graduation rate and over 30 percent student enrollment in the 25 Advanced Placement (AP) classes with an impressive 98 percent AP exam pass rate, Millburn locked up an A+ rating. 

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Millburn teachers shined in the Niche rankings scoring the No. 2 spot in the state in the 2018 Districts with the Best Teachers in New Jersey and No. 2 in the best places in the state to teach.  Millburn teachers rank No. 23 nationwide as the Best Teachers in America, placing them within the top quarter of 1 percent of teachers across the US.

The elementary schools and Millburn Middle School all performed well in the K-8 rankings. Millburn Middle School ranks No. 10 in the state while South Mountain, Deerfield, and Hartshorn elementary schools all made the top 10 taking No. 4, 5 and 10 respectively. Glenwood followed closely at No. 11 and Wyoming No. 21 in New Jersey. 

Niche bases its rankings on "rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users." 

For additional information on the Niche ranking calculations, click here.