The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of Education, according to NJ Monthly.
Factors evaluated in the ranking include: Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests taken as a percentage of the student population and in AP and IB student test scores; SAT testing; percent of students that graduate high school and percent that remain in four-year colleges 16 months after graduation from high school; and new this year is student participation in visual and performing arts classes.
According to New Jersey Monthly's Ken Schlager, "A new factor in the chart is student participation in visual and performing arts classes."
Following No. 1 Chatham on the list of the top 100 schools listed are: 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. 13-New Providence. 14- Ridge. 15-Princeton. 16-Randolph. 17-Mountain Lakes. 18-Summit. 19-Gov. Livingston. 20-Park Ridge.
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.