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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ridgewood High School named Silver Medal school in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings

In its annual ranking of the Best High Schools in the United States, U.S. News & World Report named Ridgewood High School to Silver Medal status. We were one of only two Bergen County schools ranked (Bergen Academies was ranked #39 in the nation). New Jersey was ranked #4 state overall. The rankings were based on a three-step methodology, focusing on test performance (overall and for each school's least-advantaged students) and college readiness.

I'm not generally a big fan of magazine rankings...take them with a grain of salt and remember that one of these magazines' primary goals is to sell magazines, so they will develop rankings that seem unique, and with criteria that can change from year to year. In fact, the U.S. News college rankings have generated controversy in recent years as more and more colleges ask to be excluded because they don't agree with the methodology used. I haven't heard any of any similar controversy regarding high schools.

You can read the entire High School rankings story by clicking here.

Anyway, I think our high school's achievement as a Silver Medal ranking is something to celebrate! Congratulations to Jack Lorenz and our high school staff!

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