SOMERVILLE, NJ - A national service that rates the quality of public schools, colleges, best neighborhoods and other quality of life issues has selected the Somerville school district as one of the best in New Jersey.
Somerville was ranked number 66 in the state by Niche.com, based on a broad set of criteria, including feedback from students and parents, grades, extra-curricular opportunities, teachers, facilities, even cafeteria food.
The report included 76 reviews from Somerville students and parents, most of which were positive:
“The overall quality of teachers is great even though it is obvious that some teachers go over and beyond their required expectations by coming to school early and leaving school later. Also the teachers who are more involved with school events make these events more exciting.”
“I liked attending Somerville High School for the most part because the school is small so it's easy to meet new friends and have classes with some of yours. The teachers are all willing to help you out. Most of them stay after school for extra help and they take pride in their job. The coaches are also very helpful. Most of the teachers in this school are very approachable and they are open to talk to if you ever have any problems or want someone to vent to. You have many opportunities in this school and there are many interesting classes to take. What makes this school unique is that we all feel united. Sports and other clubs bring us together. You are very safe in this environment and the people you meet here can impact your life many positive ways. I wouldn't choose any other school to attend.”
“The teachers here overall are great. I have had some of my best conversations and learning experiences here. The majority of the teachers I have had were very supportive of me and my future. They cared about our success and were willing to stay after hours whenever necessary.”
“I love the teaching staff at SHS! Since we're a smaller school everyone really helps everyone and I'm proud of that. The administration has been pushing for group work and technology use but as a part of the senior class we don't want as much group work because there's no grouping up in class at college. Most of the teachers are dedicated and sweet and passionate about what they are teaching which causes fun exciting lessons.”
The top-rated school district in New Jersey is Princeton, which also ranked fifth in the nation.
The Montgomery school district ranked 4th in New Jersey. Other nearby school districts in the top 100 and their rankings include South Brunswick, 16; Hillsborough, 21; North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional School District, 23; Bridgewater-Raritan, 45, and Piscataway, 75.
Niche.com, founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as CollegeProwler.com, has grown into a go-to source for people looking for information and statistics to help them evaluate and compare.
The study ranks over 100,000 school districts nationwide.
Somerville Public Schools has 2,461 students attending 3 schools in grades pre-K and K-12.
According to state standards, 72 percent of those students are considered proficient in math and/or reading.
The district has an annual budget of $42.15 million, spending an average of $18,758 per student, according to the study.