PARSIPPANY, NJ — U.S. News & World Report has just released its “2020 Best High Schools” list, which includes rankings for the state of New Jersey and nationally. It ranks Parsippany High School 102nd in New Jersey and 2,255 nationally.

Locally, Millburn High School ranked No. 16, Summit High School ranked No. 19, , Chatham High School ranked No. 24 and Livingston ranked No. 25. West Morris Mendham High School came in at No. 42, Westfield No. 43 and New Providence at No. 49.

Three of the Union County Vo-Tech District Schools — Academy for Information Technology (AIT), Union County Magnet School and Academy for Allied Health — were ranked among the top 10 in the state. 

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Around New Jersey, these were the top 10 schools, according to the rankings:

  1. Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies (Edison)
  2. Bergen County Academies (Hackensack)
  3. High Technology High School (Lincroft)
  4. Ronald E McNair High School (Jersey City)
  5. Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health (Woodbridge)
  6. Biotechnology High School (Freehold)
  7. Bergen County Technical High School (Teterboro)
  8. Academy for Information Technology (AIT) (Scotch Plains - Union County Vo-Tech School District) 
  9. Union County Magnet High School (Scotch Plains - Union County Vo-Tech School District) 
  10. Academy for Allied Health Sciences (Scotch Plains - Union County Vo-Tech School District) 

The magazine ranked approximately 17,790 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; the number of ranked schools is up by more than 500 from last year. The ranking methodology draws from data for the 2017-2018 school year, using six indicators of school quality used to calculate the rankings:

  1. College readiness, based on the percentage of 12th graders who took and passed AP exams.
  2. College curriculum breadth.
  3. Math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state-required tests.
  4. Math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school's proportion of underserved students.
  5. Underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.
  6. Graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2013-2014 and graduated four years later.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia took the top spot in this year's rankings.

Click here for the complete rankings of the Best High Schools. Click for New Jersey rankings.