WARREN,NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School has been ranked No. 11 on New Jersey Monthly's list  of top 100 public high schools in the state published in the September issue. The last time the list came out, in 2014, WHRHS was ranked No. 50. 

The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of Education, according to NJ Monthly.

"The ranking is nice validation of the commitment of our students, staff, parents, and Board of Education to continuous improvement.  While advancing in the rankings is not our ultimate goal, it is an indication that the Watchung Hills culture of putting students first in all decisions we make has positively impacted student learning," said Elizabeth C. Jewett, Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High School District.
Factors evaluated in the ranking include: Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests taken as a percentage of the student population and in AP and IB student test scores; SAT testing; percent of students that graduate high school and percent that remain in four-year colleges 16 months after graduation from high school; and new this year is student participation in visual and performing arts classes.

According to New Jersey Monthly's Ken Schlager, "A new factor in the chart is student participation in visual and performing arts classes."

Following No. 1 Chatham on the list of the top 100 schools listed are: 2-West Windsor-Plainsboro North. 3-Kinnelon. 4-Millburn. 5-Haddonfield Memorial. 6-Livingston. 7-Holmdel. 8-Westfield. 9-West Windsor-Plainsboro South. 10-Glen Rock 11-Watchung Hills Regional. 12-Montgomery. 13-New Providence. 14- Ridge. 15-Princeton. 16-Randolph. 17-Mountain Lakes. 18-Summit. 19-Gov. Livingston. 20-Park Ridge.

For non-subscribers, the issue hits the newsstands Aug. 30, and the full list of 337 ranked high schools will be available on NJMonthly.com starting Sept. 1.


Earlier in August, WHRHS Ranked Among the Nation's Best In Newsweek's 2016 List..