The Bernards Township School District closed its doors to students last month. They switched to distance learning to continue our children’s education from home. Officials hoped this would help stem the spread of the Coronavirus (aka COVID-19). But just because our children now learn a different way doesn’t mean that their education is lacking. In fact, US News & World Report just released its 2020 Best High Schools in the US report. Ridge High School fell in the top 2% of public high schools across the country.
Ridge High School Ranks High on “Best” List
They came in at #472 out of 24,000 schools across the United States. In New Jersey, they secured the #21 spot. Ridge High School students’ AP test scores ranked almost three times higher than their peers across the state in math and over 50% higher in reading. The graduation rate for Ridge students was 97%. The school’s 149 full-time teachers serve 1847 students. That equals one teacher per every 13 children.
How US News & World Report Determined Rankings
US News & World Report used outside sources to compile data on all high schools across the country. They assessed each school based on six different criteria and given a number between 0 and 100:
- College Readiness (30%)
- Math & Reading Proficiency (20%)
- Mat & Reading Performance (20%)
- College Curriculum Breadth (10%)
- Underserved Student Performance (10%)
- Graduation Rate (10%)
Once they determined an overall score based on the weighted scores in each category, every school was ranked on a percentile scale. Any school falling below 25% on the percentile scale was left off US News & World Report’s list. This was an editorial decision made by the staff at US News & World Report.
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