ALLENDALE, N.J. -- Northern Highlands Regional High School was named the 657th best high school in the country by U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking of best high schools Tuesday. It was also named the 34th best in New Jersey.
U.S. News & World Report enlisted the help of social science research firm RTI International to compile its rankings. They measured schools using four key metrics:
- Math and reading proficiency for all students
- Testing proficiency for disadvantaged students
- Graduation rates
- College readiness via Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data.
Northern Highlands boasts a 11:1 student-to-teacher ratio and has 53 percent of its students participate in AP Exams.
Eleven other Bergen County schools were ranked among the best in the state:
- Bergen County Technical High School (No. 4)
- Bergen County Academies (No. 5)
- Tenafly (No. 13)
- Glen Rock (No. 14)
- Ridgewood (No. 25)
- Cresskill (No. 31)
- Mahwah (No. 32)
- Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest (No. 35)
- Bergenfield (No. 38)
- Park Ridge (No. 40)
- Fort Lee (No. 55)