SHORT HILLS, NJ – Millburn High School moved up from its 2014 No. 5 ranking to the No. 4 slot in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s “Top 100 Public High Schools” ranking this week.

The online version of the magazine will be published on Sept. 1. The printed version is available on newsstands now.

This year, Millburn High School is one of two Essex County high schools ranked in the Top 20 along with Livingston High School, which ranked No. 6 in 2016 and No. 16 in 2014. Millburn and Livingston were also the only two Essex County high schools top be ranked in the Top 20 in 2014.

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Using Department of Education statistics to rate the top public schools in New Jersey every two years, New Jersey Monthly selected Chatham High School as No. 1 in 2014 and again in 2016. Following Chatham on the list of the 100 schools listed were West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North at No. 2 and Kinnelon at No. 3, which jumped from No. 23 and No. 20, respectively.

According to Ken Schlager of New Jersey Monthly, "a new factor in the chart is student participation in visual and performing arts classes," which may be the reason for several high schools to move up in the rankings this year.

Other changes this year included replacing HSPA test results with PARCC tests in 2015. However, after consulting with superintendents in the area, NJ Monthly chose not to use data from PARCC test scores from 2016 because the conclusion stated that “the PARCC data is not yet a reliable metric, since student participation rates varied wildly among districts.”