Watchung Hills Regional High School Ranks Among the Nation's Best In Newsweek's 2016 List


WARREN, NJ -  Watchung Hills Regional High School ranks among the top high schools in New Jersey and in the nation, according to rankings published by Newsweek Magazine's  “500 Best Schools in America” ranking. 

Watchung Hills Regional High School ranks No. 11 public school and No. 24 over all  in New Jersey and No. 131 in the nation in the Newsweek "America's Top High Schools 2016" list released on Thursday.   Last year, Warchung Hills was ranked No. 142 in the nation.

A total of 51 New Jersey schools made the 2016 list, which ranked the 500 best high schools in the country.

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The top-ranking school in the state was Academy for Math, Science and Engineering in Rockaway, which came in second nationally.

The No. 1 high school in the nation, according to Newsweek is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Virginia.

For a complete list of the rankings, visit

New Jersey high schools that made Newsweek's list and where they came in on the national list are:

  • (2) Academy for Math, Science and Engineering, Rockaway 
  • (4) Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains 
  • (10) Middlesex Cty Acad. for Sci,, Math, & Engineering Tech., Edison 
  • (11) Bergen County Academies, Hackensack 
  • (12) Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune 
  • (14) Biotechnology High School, Freehold 
  • (20) High Technology High School, Lincroft 
  • (21) Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains 
  • (23) Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains 
  • (27) Communications High School, Wall 
  • (31) Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health & Biomedical Sciences, Woodbridge 
  • (40) Chatham High School, Chatham 
  • (41) Bergen County Technical High School - Teterboro, Teterboro 
  • (67) Westfield High School, Westfield 
  • (71) Ridge High School, Basking Ridge 
  • (76) Summit High School, Summit 
  • (84) Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, Manahawkin 
  • (88) Bernards High School, Bernardsville 
  • (91) Holmdel High School, Holmdel 
  • (108) Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School, Bridgewater 
  • (112) Moorestown High School, Moorestown 
  • (115) Madison High School, Madison 
  • (127) John P Stevens High School, Edison 
  • (131) Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren 
  • (137) Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock 
  • (144) Rumson-Fair Haven Regional HS, Rumson 
  • (158) Morris County School of Technology, Denville 
  • (181) Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Highlands 
  • (189) Union County Vocational Technical High School, Scotch Plains 
  • (192) Governor Livingston High School, Berkeley Heights 
  • (198) Montville Township High School, Montville 
  • (203) Academy for Performing Arts, Scotch Plains 
  • (210) Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains 
  • (217) Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough 
  • (222 Wayne Hills High School, Wayne 
  • (226) Allentown High School, Allentown 
  • (227) Northern Valley Regional High School Old Tappan, Old Tappan 
  • (233) North Hunterdon-Voorhees, Annandale 
  • (234) Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, Demarest 
  • (237) Pequannock Township High School, Pompton Plains 
  • (365) Hanover Park High School, East Hanover 
  • (366) Mahwah High School, Mahwah 
  • (377) Cranford High School, Cranford 
  • (383) Livingston High School, Livingston 
  • (417) Wayne Valley High School, Wayne
  • (421) Marlboro High School, Marlboro 
  • (425) Cresskill High School, Cresskill 
  • (429) Whippany Park High School, Whippany 
  • (473) Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon 
  • (482) Mount Olive High School, Flanders 
  • (497) Middletown HS South, Middletown

According to Newsweekthe research consisted of"multiple analyses to identify the “top” schools. Using data from National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), specifically EDFacts and Common Core of Data (CCD), we conducted a threshold analysis to identify schools with the highest levels of academic achievement based on average student proficiency as measured by scores on state standardized assessments."

Newsweek further stated that Westat "surveyed schools identified in the threshold analysis to collect college readiness data. The web-based survey asked for basic demographic information, graduation rates, college enrollment rates, number of full-time equivalent (FTE) counselors, number of students taking the SAT and ACT, average SAT and ACT scores, percentage of students taking at least one advanced placement (AP) course, percentage of students taking one international baccalaureate (IB) course, percentage of students taking one advanced international certificate of education (AICE) course, the schools’ students’ AP/IB/AICE scores, number of students participating in dual enrollment courses, and number of dual enrollment credits earned. Using these data, we developed a college readiness index score based on six variables: counselor FTE (weighted at 10 percent), changes in 9th-grade to 12th-grade enrollment rates (10 percent), a composite SAT/ACT score (17.5 percent), a composite AP/IB/dual enrollment score(17.5 percent), high school graduation rates (20 percent), and college enrollment rates (25 percent). The rankings are based on schools’ college readiness index scores."

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