Seven New Jersey county vocational-technical schools are included on Newsweek’s list of “America’s Best High Schools,” announced on Sunday, May 20.
Biotechnology High School in Freehold, part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District, is ranked 20th nationally and is the highest-ranked school in New Jersey. Other county vocational-technical schools on the Newsweek list include:
- Bergen County Academies in Hackensack (Bergen County Technical Schools)
- Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
- Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro (Bergen County Technical Schools)
- Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
- Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
- High Tech High School, North Bergen (Hudson County Schools of Technology)
Biotechnology High School and Bergen Academies also ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the magazine’s “Top 20 High Schools in the Northeast” list.
According to the Newsweek’s website, the magazine’s rankings are based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student(5 percent).
“We are very pleased to see some of our county vocational-technical schools were recognized among the very best in the state and the nation according to Newsweek’s college readiness criteria,” said Dr. Philip Guenther, the president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools and the superintendent of the Atlantic County Institute of Technology.
“Tewnty-first century career and technical education is more challenging and rigorous than the vocational programs of the past,” Dr. Guenther said. “Today’s county vocational-technical schools attract hard-working, highly motivated students, and the inclusion of seven schools on the Newsweek list is well-deserved recognition of their academic success.”
In all, 74 New Jersey schools were ranked among the top 1,000 high schools in the country.
Here’s the link for more information on Newsweek’s “Best High Schools in America”