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Magnet Ranks No. 4, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High No. 42 in NJ by US News & World Report

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Union County Magnet School rated No. 4 overall among New Jersey high schools. Credits: John Mooney
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Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School ranked No. 42 in New Jersey. Credits: John Mooney
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Dr. Margaret Hayes, SPFK12 District Superintendent of Schools Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Union County Magnet School (Scotch Plains | Union County Vocational-Technical School District) rated No. 4 overall among New Jersey high schools and #105 in the National rankings, according to new rankings published by U.S. News and World Report.The magazine determines rankings based on their performance on state-required tests and how well the high schools prepare students for college. 

Union County Magnet School has a 100% graduation rate and scored highly on the magazine's College Readiness Index (82.8). (U.S. News calculates these values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work (AP® exams). The Magnet School's AP® participation rate is 84% of whom 98% passed.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School rated No. 42 in New Jersey and No. 898 nationally, according to the report. The AP® participation rate at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School is 53%, and of those, 81% passed. The student body (1,572 total) is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, while total minority enrollment is 27 percent. 

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"We are proud of the efforts and accomplishments of our students and faculty and recognize that they continue to strive for excellence," said Dr. Margaret Hayes, SPFK12 District Superintendent of Schools. "In educating a wide range of students, we differ from the schools in these rankings that have a selective admissions process."

Nearby schools ranked as follows:

  • Summit High School  #12 in New Jersey and #305 nationally
  • Academy for Information Technology (Scotch Plains | Union County Vo-Tech School District): No. 22 in New Jersey and No. 459 nationally
  • Union County Tech (Scotch Plains | Union County Vo-Tech School District): No.70 in New Jersey, and #2,529 nationally
  • Clark: (Arthur L. Johnson High School): Unranked
  • Cranford: Unranked
  • Plainfield: Unranked
  • Westfield: Unranked

The Top 10 schools in New Jersey, according to the report, are 1) High Technology of Lincroft, 2) Dr. Ronald E. McNair of Jersey City, 3) Bergen County Technical of Teterboro, 4) Union County Magnet School, 5) Elizabeth High School, 6) Princeton High School, 7) Chatham High School, 8) Academy for Allied Health Sciences (Scotch Plains | Union County Vo-Tech School District), 9) Marine Academy of Science and Technology (Highlands), 10) West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.

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