NEW JERSEY -- 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. 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. Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School was rated No. 56 in New Jersey.

  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 Union County Vocational-Technical Schools continue to provide students with rigorous, technical skill-based programs which prepare students for their future careers," said Gwendolyn Ryan, superintendent of the Union County Vo-Tech School District. "Accolades such as these are a testament to our students and staff for their many accomplishments and also to the sending school districts throughout Union County for the job they do in preparing students for a variety of secondary opportunities.”     

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School was ranked No. 56 statewide and No. 1,280 nationally with an overall score of 92.8/100. The total minority enrollment is 1,546 students, of which 29% are of diverse ethnic backgrounds, and 6% of students are economically disadvantaged. 

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  • Took at Least One AP® Exam: 61%
  • Passed at Least One AP® Exam: 47%
  • Mathematics Proficiency: 53%
  • Reading Proficiency: 69%
  • Graduation Rate: 96%

"I am happy to see that our high school students rank in the top 12.4% in the state. These results speak to our students' academic efforts, the professionalism of our dedicated staff and the unwavering support of their parents and our community," said Dr. Joan Mast, superintendent of the SPFK12 School District. "U.S. News' ranking gives us one more reason to be proud of our students' achievements."

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.