PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (PAAAS) was named among the best high schools in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report in its current issue.

Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. PAAAS was awarded a Bronze Medal.

“We are proud of PAAAS’ ranking among the best schools in the country,” said Plainfield Schools Superintendent Anna Belin-Pyles. “Our No. 1 priority is our students and we congratulate Principal Dr. Angela Bento, the teachers and staff; and the students for achieving this great honor and national recognition. We are proud to have our students rank among the most outstanding scholars and we thank them for expanding the parameters of success for all our schools."

There were more than 100 New Jersey High Schools named in the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools report, including 31 with gold medals, 36 with silver medals and 42 with bronze medals.