Gov. Phil Murphy has long talked about creating an innovative economy in New Jersey. It appears there are a number of high schools ready to help in that goal.
High Technology High School in Freehold was named the top STEM high school in the country, according to the 2021 rankings from U.S. News and World Report. Four other New Jersey schools were ranked in the Top 50 nationally — including a second in the Top 10 — and 11 schools made the Top 100 overall.
A look at the ranked N.J. schools:
- No. 1: High Technology High School
- No. 9: Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies
- No. 14: Bergen County Academies
- No. 28: West Windsor-Plainsboro North
- No. 50: West Windsor-Plainsboro South
- No. 56: Union County Magnet High School (Scotch Plains)
- No. 73: Westfield
- No. 74: Montgomery
- No. 85: Ridge
- No. 86: Academy for Allied Health Sciences (Scotch Plains)
- No. 89: Summit
The methodology focused on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. This latest ranking used data from the 2018-2019 school year and was not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monmouth County Commissioner Director Thomas Arnone praised the selection.
“Ranking as the top STEM school in the nation is a tribute to the hard work of the teachers, administration and staff who work tirelessly to provide the best education for their students,” he said. “The students receive an exceptional education at all of the schools in the (Monmouth County Vocational School District), and this ranking acknowledges the students’ diligence and dedication to academic excellence.”
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