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New Providence High School Named Number One by NJ Monthly Magazine

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Dave Marzane, a 1960 graduate of New Providence High School, and his wife, Andee, listen as Principal Paul Casarico talks about changes to the school during the class of 1960's reunion two years ago. New Providence High School has been named the top public high school in New Jersey by NJ Monthly magazine. Credits: Christy Potter Kass
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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence High School has been named the number one public high school in the state by New Jersey Monthly magazine.
 
The magazine's 2012 rankings of the Top 100 public high schools will appear in the September issue, on newsstands starting Aug. 28.
 
 
"On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate the entire school community on this outstanding accomplishment," said Superintendent Dave Miceli in a statement.
 
"This is truly a tremendous accomplishment that is the product of a supportive community, dedicated parents, a devoted faculty and most important great students," added Principal Paul Casarico. "This is a recognition the school and town can take a great deal of pride in." 
 
Here are the categories and indicators used in the ranking, according to the magazine:

School Environment: The sum of the standardized rank scores for average class size; student/faculty ratio; percentage of faculty with advanced degrees; and number of AP tests offered, which was calculated as a ratio of grade 11 and 12 enrollment in order not to penalize smaller schools. (Senior class size is shown in the published charts for reference only; it is not part of the ranking calculation.)

Student Performance: The sum of the standardized rank scores for average combined SAT score; percentage of students showing advanced proficiency on HSPA; and students scoring a 3 or higher on AP tests as a percentage of all juniors and seniors.

Student Outcomes: A single score based on a new graduation-rate calculation (four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate) introduced by New Jersey in 2011, as mandated by the federal government. Essentially, the adjusted cohort formula divides a school’s number of four-year graduates by the number of first-time ninth-graders who entered the cohort four years earlier. For further information, visit state.nj.us/education/data/.

Vocational schools: Schools defined in this category by the state Department of Education were ranked using the same methodology as other public schools, but with two exceptions. No average class size is available for these schools, since many students are shared with mainstream schools. Similarly, there is insufficient data on AP tests.

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