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Ridge Ranked Among Top 25 High Schools In NJ: U.S. News

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — It will come as no surprise that Ridge 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.

Ridge High School in Bernards Township ranked the highest in Somerset County, coming in at 25th in New Jersey and 454th in the United States.

The school, with an enrollment of 1,620 students in grades 9 to 12, boasts a graduation rate of 96 percent.

The AP participation rate at Ridge High School is 67 percent. The total minority enrollment is 41 percent, and 1 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.