MILLBURN, NJ - According to the most recent school rankings, Millburn Middle School is named the best public middle school in the U.S. for 2016.  The final results were tallied from records and statistics comparing 15,656 schools nationwide.

The determining factors that make up the statistics are the strength of academic grades, overall quality of the school district, quality of teachers and student culture and diversity.  50% of the total calculation is weighted on academic grades.  Niche gave Millburn Middle School a grade of “A+” in every category except student culture and diversity.  For that, it received a “C+”.

“Our rankings are different, and for good reason. We believe that the quality of a school or district should be measured, at least in part, by the parents and students who actually go there,” the methodology states. “The most unique thing about our rankings is that they incorporate student outcomes. We go to great lengths to ensure that our rankings represent a comprehensive assessment of each school or district.”

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New Jersey middle schools that were also nationally ranked among the top 50 include; J.Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton (#2), Thomas R. Grover Middle School in West Windsor (#15), Community Middle School in Plainsboro (#24), Montgomery Lower  and Upper Middle Schools in Montgomery (#34/#38), and Mount Pleasant Middle School in Livingston (#50).

In the 2016 Districts With The Best Academics category, Millburn Township Public Schools is ranked number one in New Jersey.  It also took the top slot in the Metro New York City rankings.  On the national level, Millburn Township Public Schools is ranked #2 in the U.S. out of a field of 12,153 school districts.   The number one ranking went to the Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas, TX.

Other New Jersey school districts that obtained a top 50 national ranking in the best academic category were Princeton Public Schools (#3), West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District (#16), Montgomery Township School District (#22), The School District of the Chathams (#30), Bernards Township Public Schools (#38), Mountain Lakes School District (#39), Tenafly Public Schools (#46) and Ridgewood Public Schools (#48).