High Technology High School in Monmouth County, a small academy with selective enrollment, led New Jersey, placing 16th in the nation. It also ranked as the nation's best specialized school for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for the third-straight year.
New Jersey schools with selective enrollment, including specialized high schools run by county vocational districts, typically rank ahead of many of the state's traditional high schools.
Small academies within school districts also fared well. Elizabeth Public Schools, which divided its high school into six different academies, placed two high schools in the state's top 25.
A school's graduation rate, performance on state math and English tests and scores and level of participation on Advanced Placement exams are the primary factors in the U.S. News ranking.
Schools with the highest ranking demonstrated strong performance among all students, including minority and low-income students.
The list is based on an analysis of more than 28,000 public schools, according to U.S. News. The 25 New Jersey schools ranked in the top 500 each earned a gold medal from U.S. News, meaning their students have the highest level of college readiness.
For Clark’s full story, which lists the 25 New Jersey high schools on the list, click here.