WARREN, NJ - In an annual list ranking the Best High School Teachers in New Jersey, Niche.com ranked Watchung Hills Regional High School as the fifteenth best in the state. In 2015, 5,886 public high schools were ranked based on key teaching statistics and nearly 920,000 teacher ratings from 240,000 students and parents.
According to the method behind the ranking, Watchung Hills' high ranking indicates that its teachers are intelligent and engaging, that the school is invested in its teachers, that it also provides a good educational environment and has cultivated a supportive environment for teaching and learning, teachers are invested in their students, and that both students and parents rate the teachers favorably.
Some of the factors included in the ranking included survey responses, Niche.com’s previous academics grades, average teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, teachers in their first or second year of teaching and student-teacher ratio. Information and data were gathered from Niche.com, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Civil Rights Data Collection and 919,426 opinion-based surveys.
Of Watchung Hills' teachers, one comment reads," Teachers at our school make a point to go out of their way to help their students. They are always available before, during, and after school for help and they are always willing to answer any questions you may have. More importantly than that, the teachers at our school care about their students as more than just students: they care about them as people. They will ask how your day is and if you seem to be acting out of character they will sit down and talk to you about it. The teachers here are fully committed to their students and they truly are one of the best parts of this school."
Here is a look at the state’s top 20 according to Niche.com:
1. Millburn Senior High School
2. Livingston Senior High School
3. Northern Highlands Regional High School
4. Pascack Hills High School
5. Pascack Valley High School
6. Hunterdon Central High School
7. Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School
8. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
9. Haddonfield Memorial High School
10. Princeton High School
11. Science High School
12. Summit Senior High School
13. Morris Hills High School
14. Moorestown High School
15. Watchung Hills Regional High School
16. Ridgewood High School
17. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
18. West Morris Mendham High School
19. Ridge High School
20. Red Bank Regional High School