SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The school search platform Niche.com on Tuesday published its 2021 ranking of Best Public High Schools, and five of the top 10 spots were held by schools physically located in Scotch Plains. Four of the five Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS) schools -- Union County Magnet High School, Academy for Information Technology (AIT), Academy for Allied Health Science, and Union County Vocational Technical High School -- ranked 1-4 in the county, while Academy for Performing Arts finished No. 7.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School was rated No. 9 in Union County and placed 59 out of 416 public high schools ranked in New Jersey. Niche.com described the high school as "a highly rated public school. It has 1,574 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1." According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

Niche.com gave SPFHS an A in academics, an A for its teachers, an A- for its clubs and activities, an A- for its administration, an A for its food, a B+ on diversity, an A for college prep, an A for health and safety, an A for sports and a B for resources and facilities.

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Niche.com says it ranks schools based on a “rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.”

Here are the top 10 public high schools in the 2021 ranking of Union County public high schools, found here on Niche.com. The full ranking lists 31 high schools county-wide:

  1. Union County Magnet High School - UCVTS (Scotch Plains)
  2. Academy for Information Technology (AIT) - UCVTS (Scotch Plains)
  3. Academy for Allied Health Science - UCVTS (Scotch Plains)
  4. Union County Vocational Technical High School - UCTVS (Scotch Plains)
  5. Summit High School (Summit)
  6. Westfield High School (Westfield)
  7. Academy for Performing Arts - UCVTS (Scotch Plains)
  8. New Providence High School (New Providence)
  9. Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (Scotch Plains)
  10. Cranford High School (Cranford)

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