NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In its September issue, New Jersey Monthly ranked New Providence High School No.13 on its list of top 100 public high schools in the state. The last time the list came out, in 2014, New Providence was ranked No. 6. 

"We are very pleased with our NJ monthly ranking," said New Providence High School Principal Lauren Zirpoli. "Our rankings year after year continue to be a testament of our commitment to academic excellence. The hard work of our teaching staff in New Providence along with the collaborative efforts with our parent community contribute to the high academic achievements of our students.  We are very proud of all our students." 

For the second straight NJ Monthly ranking, Chatham High School claimed the top overall spot, with other schools in the Top 100 including: 2 - West Windsor-Plainsboro North; 3 - Kinnelon; 4 - Millburn; 5 - Haddonfield Memorial; 6 - Livingston: 7 - Holmdel; 8 - Westfield; 9 - West Windsor-Plainsboro South; 10 - Glen Rock; 11 - Watchung Hills Regional; 12 - Montgomery; 14 - Basking Ridge; 15 - Princeton; 16 - Randolph; 17 - Mountain Lakes; 18-Summit, 19 - Governor Livingston; and 20 - Park Ridge;.

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According to Ken Schlager of New Jersey Monthly, "a new factor in the chart is student participation in visual and performing arts classes." 

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 this year because the conclusion stated that “the PARCC data is not yet a reliable metric, since student participation rates varied wildly among districts.”

“Despite these changes, the chart is largely consistent with the 2014 results,” Schlager wrote. “The fastest-rising high schools in the Top 100 this year are Secaucus, which jumps 63 places from 155 to 92; Princeton, up from 67 to 15; Roxbury, up from 102 to 52; and Rutherford, up from 124 to 74.”

Schlager said that this year’s Top 100 High Schools chart is dominated by suburban schools, which he also said was synonymous with previous years. In fact, seven New Jersey counties, including Morris, Mercer, Essex, Camden, Monmouth, Union and Bergen Counties are represented in the Top 10.  

"The one thing I would say about this year's rankings is that they have added additional categories that I think that really encompasses a number of students in multiple areas,” said Chatham High Principal Darren Groh. “There is a lot of pride that goes into that as a principal that our kids are not only being successful academically, but they're also well-rounded in the course selection that they have each year."

For non-subscribers, the issue hits the newsstands Aug. 30, and the full list of 337 ranked high schools will be available on NJMonthly.com starting Sept. 1.