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Hillsborough Named Among Top NJ High Schools: U.S. News

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — It will come as no surprise that Hillsborough High School has once again ranked among the best high schools in the country and New Jersey, according to a new ranking Tuesday from U.S. News & World Report.

The publication ranked the state’s top 406 and showed where they landed among more than 20,500 public high schools in the United States.

Hillsborough High School ranked the 5th highest in Somerset County, coming in at 61st in New Jersey and 1,254th in the United States.

The school, with an enrollment of 2,312 students in grades 9 to 12, boasts a graduation rate of 96 percent.

The AP participation rate at Hillsborough High School is 57 percent. The total minority enrollment is 49 percent, and 9 percent of students are economically disadvantaged, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Here’s how all of the Somerset County schools ranked:

  • Ridge High School in Bernards Township – 25 in NJ and 432 in the U.S.
  • Central Jersey College Prep Charter School- 26 in NJ and 498in the U.S.
  • Montgomery High School – 30 in NJ and 556 in the U.S.
  • Bernards High School – 59 in NJ and 1,237 in the U.S.
  • Hillsborough High School – 61 in NJ and 1,254 in the U.S.
  • Watchung Hills Regional High School – 81 in NJ and 1,742 in the U.S.
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School – 108 in NJ and 2,345 in the U.S.
  • Somerville High School – 157 in NJ and 3,848 in the U.S.
  • Franklin High School – 185 in NJ and 4,884 in the U.S.
  • Manville High School – 246 in NJ and 7,408 in the U.S.
  • North Plainfield High School – 259 in NJ and 7,639 in the U.S.
  • Bound Brook High School – 265 in NJ and 8,444 in the U.S.
  • Somerset County Vocational Technical High School – 285 in NJ and 9,253 in the U.S.

State-by-state performance is based solely on which states have the largest proportion of schools in the top 25 percent. Massachusetts once again leads in the ranking, followed by Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida, respectively.

The top high schools have students who score exceptionally high on math, reading and science assessments, as well strong performance among under-served students. High school graduation rates and college readiness among graduates are also measured.