SUMMIT, NJ - Ranked based on performance on state-required tests and how well it prepares students for college, Summit High School has been slotted as the 12th best public high school in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report (U.S. News)

In the national overlay of the Best High School rankings, Summit High School came in ranked 305th, was awarded a 'Gold Medal', and earned the 50th spot nationally in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) rankings.

In 2016, Summit was ranked 19th in the state and 357th nationally.

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Issued since 2007, U.S. NewsBest High Schools rankings "identify the country's top-performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students -- from the highest to lowest achieving -- in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work."

According to usnews.comU.S. News & World Report again teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global non-profit social science research firm.

RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

The U.S. News 'Scorecard' graded Summit High School the following marks:

College Readiness Index - 63.9 (out of 100 points possible)
AP® Tested - 68%
AP® Passed- 92%
Mathematics Proficiency - 53%
English Proficiency - 65%

Other area schools on the list and their state rankings include Elizabeth High School (5), Chatham High School (7), Livingston High School (11), Millburn High School (13), and Jonathan Dayton (29). First-place is occupied by High Technology High School in Lincroft.

Summit High School's complete 2017 profile is available by visiting usnews.com.