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Holmdel High Ranked 24th in NJ by U.S. News

High Tech High School of Lincroft leads the list with the #1 spot.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings of the best public high schools in America is out and has been ranked 24th among high schools in New Jersey.

The top spots in the state were dominated by the Monmouth County Vo-Tech Career Academies. High Technology High School on the Brookdale Campus of Lincroft was ranked #1. Biotechnology of Freehold was #2. Allied Health in Neptune was #9.

High Tech High also won the distinction of joining the list of the Top Ten High Schools in the nation. It moved up from 11th place in 2009. See a slideshow of the top ten high schools at the US News & World Report website.

According to the HHS guidance dept., 41 Holmdel students currently attend High Tech High, 12 attend Biotech, and 5 attend Allied Health.

The rankings released Tuesday are based on college readiness, math and English proficiency, and student to teacher ratio.

Here are the academic indicators for HHS, which was awarded a Gold Medal by U.S. News and World Report.

HOLMDEL HIGH SCHOOL

  • National Rank: #422
  • College Readiness Index: 48.4
  • Math Proficiency: 3.5
  • English Proficiency: 3.3
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

The reports states the Advanced Placement participation rate at Holmdel High School is 51 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female. Of the 1064 student enrollment, 31 percent is considered minority and 2 percent economically disadvantaged.

Holmdel High School Principal William Loughran said he was pleased with the report. “To be included among the best schools, not only in New Jersey but in the nation, is certainly affirmation of the strong instructional program we have here at Holmdel High School," he said in a written statement. "It seems particularly appropriate that  these rankings are released on ‘National Teacher Appreciation Day’ – as our talented staff certainly merits praise for the work they do each and every day."

"Ultimately, when you combine a dedicated faculty with students who want to learn, and parents eager to provide support, good things are bound to happen,” said Loughran.

The top 10 New Jersey high schools, according to U.S. News and World Report are:

  1. High Technology High School, Lincroft
  2. Biotechnology High School, Freehold
  3. Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City
  4. Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains
  5. Bergen County Academies, Hackensack
  6. Elizabeth High School, Elizabeth
  7. Chatham High School, Chatham
  8. Ridge High School, Basking Ridge
  9. Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune
  10. Princeton High School, Princeton
  11. Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro
  12. Millburn High School, Millburn
  13. Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains
  14. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
  15. Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood

See US News and World Report for more details on the top schools.

Steve Strickland May 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The fact that Holmdel's ranking has bounced around like a ping-pong ball illustrates how bogus these rankings are. #625 in 2009, #406 in 2010, off the list completely in 2011, now back on at #442. Not to mention that some schools are undoubtedly injecting their data with steroids. Kudos, though, to US News for dreaming up these lists, a marketing masterstroke that probably saved the magazine (though it survives mostly online).
DPage May 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I have mixed feelings on ranking High Schools all together, but I really don't feel that it is fair to compare public schools to the academies. At least 6 of the top 10 schools are academy/magnet schools. The academies have entrance requirements and cherry pick their students from the best and the brightest who apply. If you compared just the top 10% of many public schools to these schools there would probably a very small difference. Public schools have to educate all who walk through their doors including special needs. In addition, the Holmdel school district pays approximately $6000 per student directly out of our budget to the academies to send our students there - according to the article we currently have 58 students in these 3 of the 5 academies (I am sure we have students in Communications and MAST as well) - that amounts to at least $348,000 coming directly out of our budget - every year. It is not that I think theses academies aren't wonderful opportunities for those who get accepted, but they should not be compared to the public schools. Perhaps if those 58 students stayed in Holmdel, we would have ranked even higher.
Ray May 09, 2012 at 04:27 PM
A major factor of the ranking is the AP test participation, and we have to know that HHS does not pay the $85 registration fee per test for the Holmdel kids, but High Tech does. Unfortunately, though we are paying High Tech, we have no say to their budget/policy/practices. On a separate note: while the academies/magnet schools offer wonderful academic programs, they usually lack some of other important things a comprehensive HS can offer, such as school band and sports teams. I have several friends who sent their kids to High Tech but then transferred back to Holmdel in one year.

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