24 NJ County Vocational-Technical Schools Recognized on US News & World Report’s “Best High Schools in America” List

May 8th, 2012

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Twenty-four New Jersey county vocational-technical schools were ranked among the best high schools in America by US News & World Report.  The magazine’s 2012 rankings were released on Tuesday, May 8.

Seven county vocational-technical high schools ranked among New Jersey’s top 20 public high schools, according to US News and World Report.  High Technology High School in Lincroft, part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District, topped the list of New Jersey schools and was ranked #10 in the nation.

In all, eight county vocational-technical high schools received gold medals, two received silver medals and 14 received national recognition through bronze medals. Eighty-two New Jersey public high schools were included on the US News list.

According to a news release from US News & World Report, the analysis included a review of school-specific data on enrollment, location, ethnicity, school type, state assessment proficiency tests, and Advanced Placement® and International Baccalaureate tests on almost 22,000 high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The schools were given a college readiness index score and then numerically ranked and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals.

For more information on the US News high school ranking methodology, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2012/05/07/best-high-schools-methodology.  For the complete list of New Jersey schools on the US News list, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-jersey/rankings

“While national school rankings have many limitations, the US News report highlights New Jersey county-vocational technical schools as some of the top high schools in the state and the nation. These schools attract hard-working students and offer them unique opportunities to excel academically while developing career-focused technical skills,” said Dr. Philip Guenther, the Superintendent of the Atlantic County Institute of Technology and the President of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.

“The list includes not just specialized career academies, but also larger vocational-technical high schools that provide a wide variety of programs for all types of students,” Dr. Guenther said. “The inclusion of so many county vocational-technical schools in this ranking recognizes that 21st century career and technical education fosters academic excellence and college readiness.”

Here is the list of county vocational-technical high schools included in the 2012 US News rankings and their awards:

Atlantic County Institute of Technology
Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Mays Landing (Bronze)

Bergen County Technical Schools
Bergen Academies, Hackensack (Gold)
Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro (Gold)

Camden County Technical Schools
Camden County Vocational-Technical School, Pennsauken (Bronze)

Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools
North 13th Street Campus, Newark (Bronze)
West Market Street Campus, Newark (Bronze)
Bloomfield Tech, Bloomfield (Bronze)

Hudson County Schools of Technology
High Tech High School, North Bergen (Silver)
County Prep High School, Jersey City (Bronze)

Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools
Middlesex County Academy, Edison (Bronze)

Monmouth County Vocational School District
High Technology High School, Lincroft (Gold)
Biotechnology High School, Freehold (Gold)
Academy of Allied Health and Sciences, Neptune (Gold)
Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Sandy Hook (Silver)
Communications High School, Wall (Bronze)

Morris County School of Technology
Academy for Math, Science and Engineering, Rockaway (Bronze)
Morris County School of Technology, Denville (Bronze)

Ocean County Vocational-Technical School
Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, Manahawkin (Bronze)

Passaic County Technical Institute
Passaic County Technical Institute, Wayne (Bronze)

Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools
Somerset County Vocational-Technical School, Bridgewater (Bronze)

Union County Vocational-Technical Schools
Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains (Gold)
Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains (Gold)
Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains (Gold)
Union County Vocational-Technical High School, Scotch Plains (Bronze)

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