2017 Best Public High Schools in New Jersey

The 2017 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings.
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    Bergen County Academies

    • Hackensack, NJ
    • 381 reviews
    High School Junior:Overall, this school is a great experience and a ton of fun to be in. The academics are so high that you basically take college classes and most of the people are friendly and fun to be around.
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    Academy for Allied Health Science

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 87 reviews
    High School Freshman:The students and the staff make this school unique and I absolutely adore going to this high school. It is much better than having to go to any other high school. Additionally, all of the students are intelligent and bullying is pretty much nonexistent here.
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    Niche User:This school sheltered its students and only offered the best. It has prepped me for the harsh reality of life but at the same time, nurtured to grow properly.
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    High School Senior:My school is the place where I feel the safest. We are very accepting of everyone and there are many extremely brilliant and talented students and staff at my school. We have a Christian Club as well as a Gay Straight Alliance Club, we have an International Day of Tolerance and a Cultural Night, and we take part in awareness campaigns like National Day of Silence and we have clubs like AIM that uses microfinancing to help small businesses succeed. We are very encouraging of students who want to pursue careers in STEM, and we have very strong support for both music and the arts as well as athletics. Our school spirit is over the roof and I couldn't be prouder of where I go to school.
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    Union County Magnet High School

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 106 reviews
    High School Sophomore:One of the best decisions in my life. I didn't quite fit into my town; I wasn't "hipster", or super athletic, or any sort of party girl. I am very studious and care about academics and my future. Initially, leaving the people I knew was difficult, and I had to make all new friends since I knew 0 people. My first impression of some of my new classmates wasn't very good, but on the first day, I met someone who is now my best friend.

    The teachers, for the most part, love their job and are great at it. The classwork is more difficult and the teachers hold you to a high standard, but I think that's what those who apply are looking for anyways.

    I came to be put in more difficult classes, and I am definitely being challenged to the max. I am three math levels higher than I would have been at my town high school and one language level higher than possible, and though the grades are small, the classes range from 6-25 students roughly (excluding gym class), and aside from freshman year, you get a decent mix of students from all the schools, and sometimes, more than one grade. I've had all grades, all races, all schools, all towns in my classes, which is truly a different experience.

    There are so many things to say about this school; in summation, you should consider it if:

    1. You are academically driven.

    2. You are interested in attending a top college.

    3. You are willing to WORK to have a good future and top grades.

    4. You aren't scared of new competition and going from the smartest to the "middle" of the pack.

    5. You are okay with taking Spanish (no other languages are offered) and are okay with not being able to participate in school band, chorus, orchestra etc.

    You can still play sports for your hometown and can still play in out of school orchestras. Definitely weigh the Pros and Cons and find your priorities; but you can always transfer back if it isn't for you.
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    Princeton High School

    • Princeton, NJ
    • 248 reviews
    High School Senior:Princeton is the closest you can get to a private school education without spending a cent. I love the school. It's difficult but I feel like it prepared me very well. Once you leave you'll realize how every an average student from Princeton is considered the top 10% anywhere else. It was honestly a privilege to be a part of he school. You would think it would be filled with elitist jerks and we have them, but it's mostly a great place.
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    Biotechnology High School

    • Freehold, NJ
    • 86 reviews
    High School Junior:There is so much to do, so many people to meet, so many things to learn, and there are so many opportunities to take advantage of. People here are extremely friendly and you can always get the help you need simply by looking for it.
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    High Technology High School

    • Lincroft, NJ
    • 65 reviews
    High School Senior:If you can handle the high academic expectations, it really is an awesome place. You'll meet a lot of amazing people, get a lot of freedom, and learn a ton. Some people don't like it here because they feel that the majority of the class is not "normal," which is true, but most like it here very much.
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    Academy for Information Technology

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 95 reviews
    Niche User:The Academy for Information Technology is an amazing 4-year high school where students learn skills beyond the normal classroom.

    Socially, this school brings people of different towns, friend groups, ethnic backgrounds, and general cultures together. As a student, you learn a lot about different people and everyone in your county. Everyone at this school is extremely accepting whether you are Caucasian, Hispanic, African, Gay, Straight, Trans, Rich, Poor, etc. Nobody really cares and it gives you the freedom to be yourself without feeling judged or bullied. Bullying is literally non-existent which makes the experience of high school just that much easier to digest.

    Scholastically, this school exceeds all expectations and "high school norms". I need not to mention education because facts are much more persuasive than a students review and niche.com has the facts. One thing I must say is that this schools teachers are much more dedicated to the students than in a normal classroom, this makes classes more challenging but also more beneficial and rewarding.
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    Niche User:It was really the best high school education I could have been to, and now that I know about some alternatives that aren't as fortunate as my town, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been to South. It's home.
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    Millburn Senior High School

    • Millburn, NJ
    • 135 reviews
    High School Senior:Millburn high school is a great high school to attend. It has various amount of clubs, sports, and activities. The parents and students often get together in town or school events; most know each other. The school is very focused on GPA, college applications, and good grades. There's a good amount of pressure to do your best and be in good classes (like AP or accelerated classes). Yet many, many students have some degree of anxiety and some complain about the pressure they have.
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    High Tech High School

    • N Bergen, NJ
    • 198 reviews
    High School Senior:High Tech High School is a school that encourages students to reach for the stars. High Tech gives the tools to every student to make their own future as bright as can be. Not like many schools, students feel attached to the teachers as if they are best friends instead of instructors. Structured yet limitless, High Tech offers majors varying from communications and science, to performing arts and culinary, introducing different niches for incoming students in order for them to shape their future and find themselves in high school.
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    Niche User:This school is perfect. It is small so everyone knows each other and everyone is friendly. We have a support group whenever we get too stressed out. There is a lot of pressure on us to do well, but it is made up for by the amazing and supporting faculty we have. It is its own support group and we also have access to many opportunities. For example, our guidance counselors are always keeping us up-to-date on research opportunities, summer programs, scholarships, and more. They know the students well and can help each student individually with their issues. My favorite experience was our senior trip that just passed.We went whitewater rafting in White Haven, Pennsylvania and it was amazing. We tried dumping water on each other and splashing each other the entire time. Teachers were involved too which made it even more fun. The friends I have made at this school are irreplaceable and that is why I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
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    Summit Senior High School

    • Summit, NJ
    • 141 reviews
    High School Senior:I love the teachers and how helpful they are with whatever the students need. Of course there are some kids who don't fit the description, but the majority of the students are very well-rounded kids who are all great once you get to know them.
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    Montgomery High School

    • Skillman, NJ
    • 303 reviews
    High School Freshman:I find that highschool is what you make out of it. If you consciously act negative towards school, then you will get negative...extremely simple but most don't seem to understand that. I wish I went to a private school because it can up my chances of getting into a good college but that is just my competitive nature. I love the competitive atmosphere and I like surrounding myself with smart people; at the same time, some are not smart. at all. And yes, this school is extremely preppy but that is what you would expect from a white, rich, suburban area.
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    High School Senior:Northern Highlands is great, simply put. Highlands offers a multitude of interesting and engaging clubs and athletics, giving each student the opportunity to get involved in rewarding extracurricular activities. The academics are tough and highly competitive, however they are unmatched by any other local high school. Northern Highlands ultimately offers an amazing student experience.
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    Chatham High School

    • Chatham, NJ
    • 103 reviews
    High School Junior:CHS is a very good school. I enjoy going to my classes and seeing my teachers. Both the teachers and the administration know what they are doing in terms of keeping everything in the school running smoothly. There are lots of opportunities to try new activities, but a lot of pressure is put on students to try lots of different things in order to get into a good college.
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    Livingston Senior High School

    • Livingston, NJ
    • 281 reviews
    Niche User:Seeing that I went to two different high schools, when I compare, livingston was by far a better school. The staff helped me a lot and everyone was so welcoming. Not to mention, the difference in education was completely different. Livingston requires more thinking and they make you work to your best knowledge
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    High School Senior:Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS) is not only recognized nationally for it's great academics, but the pride of the students is a key aspect. Also, UCVTS prepares you for college in no other way possibe. No other public school can give you all honors courses on an actual campus with 5 different buildings to attend classes in. It is honestly a mini-college. Plus, the Student Activities and clubs are all run smoothly and offer a great bonus to the high school experience. Lastly, UCVTS is diverse. With students coming from all around Union County NJ it opens the door to a new world with new people, ideas, and backgrounds. Overall, UCVTS was the right choice for me and is the best High School in the nation. (Not only on paper) but in my heart.
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    Ridge High School

    • Basking Ridge, NJ
    • 164 reviews
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    Science Park High School

    • Newark, NJ
    • 272 reviews
    High School Senior:My time at my high school has been the best. I get along with everyone and the teachers are great and they love what they do. High school was filled with many ups and downs but through it all, we became close and United like a family. I wouldn't trade it for a thing.
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    J.P. Stevens High School

    • Edison, NJ
    • 305 reviews
    High School Senior:The education quality is all that matters, and this school is pretty much the best in the area. Most of our students go on to top schools and ivy league universities.
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    Niche User:Teachers and administration are amazing. They truly care about each student's needs and progress. The school provides personalized attention and believes in thoroughly preparing them for college. Top notch education, rigorous courses, and care of students are their top priority and this proves to be evident.
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