Updated at 7:25 p.m.
In case you missed it, Newsweek's new rankings of the top 1500 high schools in the country have come out, and Ridgewood's ranking is #498.
See the rankings and read the article by clicking here.
Other New Jersey J District high schools were ranked as follows:
Millburn -- 170
Ridge -- 175
West Morris Mendham -- 474
Cranford -- 568
West Windsor Plainsboro -- 678
Haddonfield -- 713
Chatham -- 735
Mountain Lakes -- 1,074
Rumson Fair-Haven -- 1,111
Ridgewood's ranking in the past few years:
As you may know, I'm not a huge fan of magazine rankings in general, but at least the Newsweek article is very clear and up front about how the rankings are calculated: it's all about AP tests and the number of students taking them. The reporter explains quite coherently and persuasively why this is a good measure (click here), albeit just one measure. I strongly urge you to read the methodology (as well as the reasons for this particular measure, and why private schools are not included -- it's because private schools won't share their info with the magazine).
As long as we all don't live and die by a single magazine's ranking, I think it's perfectly fine to at least celebrate our achievement in this one piece of the big picture.
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