MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn High School was ranked by Newsweek in its annual study the13th “best public high school[s] in the United states for college readiness.” This ranking was achieved in Newsweek’s absolute “America’s Top High Schools” list that ranks schools solely based on performance, rather than its relative “Beating the Odds” list, that ranks schools based on performance while also accounting for student poverty rates.
Newsweek explains that it first “evaluated the universe of regular public high schools based on their proficiency rates on standardized state-level math and reading/language arts assessments, using the proficiency rates to create a high school achievement index for each school.” For the absolute list, the index was used to identify high schools that perform at or above the 70th percentile within each state. For the relative list, the index was used to identify high schools that perform 0.5 standard deviations or more than their state’s average when accounting for students’ socioeconomic status as reflected by the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Newsweek then surveyed the schools on both lists for college-readiness data. Newsweek created a weighted College Readiness Index based on the following six indicators:
- College Enrollment Rate—25 percent
- Graduation Rate—20 percent
- Weighted AP/IB/Dual Enrollment composite—17.5 percent
- Weighted SAT/ACT composite—17.5 percent
- Student Retention (change in student enrollment between 9th and 12th grades; this measure is intended to control for dropout rates)—10 percent
- Counselor-to-Student Ratio—10 percent.
Millburn High School scored 93.5% in terms of college readiness, 100% in terms of graduation rate, 99.5% in terms of college-bound rate, and 1.3% in terms of poverty. Its counselor-student ratio is 1:216; its student retention rate is 98.1%; its SAT/ACT composite score is 74.7; its average SAT score is 1897; its average ACT score is 27; its AP/IB/Dual enrollment composite is 87.3; the average AP score is 4.47; its average IB score is ; and its dual enrollment participation is 1%. Newsweek deemed Millburn High School as helping low-income students score at or above average on state assessments.
Attaining higher scores on the Absolute list were the following New Jersey Schools: High Technology High School, Academy for Mathematics Science and Engineering, Union County Magnet High School, Bergen County Academics, Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies, and Academy of Allied Health and Science.