WAYNE, NJ – Newsweek ranked America’s best STEM High Schools across the nation and both Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High Schools ranked in the top 7%.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The science part (biology, chemistry) and the math part (algebra and calculus) are easier to understand, but some people don’t realize that the Technology part includes subjects like computer programming and basic data analytics while the Engineering part includes subjects such as Robotics and electronics.
STEM is about integrating all of these subjects to help prepare students for the 21st century. The goal is to help students learn to be problem solvers and creative thinkers in a modern, technology-driven world.
Newsweek partnered with STEM.org and ranked schools in every region of the country that offered skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.
Wayne Hills was ranked at #1,771 and Wayne Valley came in at #1,951
“When you consider that there are approximately 27,000 high schools in operation across the United States,” said Superintendent of the Wayne School District, Dr. Mark Toback, “that places both of our high schools in the top 7% of all high schools, nationally, in STEM education.”
According to information released by the district, the top 5,000 schools were ranked based on a “broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs,” that were collected from 2015 – 2019. The purpose of this was to determine the educational institutions who provide the best experiences in STEM.
“We are honored to have both of our high schools among the very best STEM schools in the United States,” said Toback. “Achieving this recognition is the result of a coordinated effort to advance STEM learning in Wayne at all grade levels. New science labs at our high schools, new curricula, new course offerings and educational materials, and new technology are contributing factors. Ultimately, the primary factor is the excellent teaching that takes place every day. We are so proud of our staff and students for this significant accomplishment.”
Over the last few years, the Wayne Education Foundation has donated $70,000 to fund STEM education and projects in the Wayne school district. WEF runs the ArtQuest Camps and Camp Adventure each summer at Wayne Hills High School and all proceeds from these camps go to support the Wayne schools.