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Dayton Makes Newsweek List of Top Schools

More than 70 New Jersey Schools made the list of the top 1,000 public high schools in the U.S. Where did Dayton wind up?

Newsweek just released its list of the best public high schools in the country and Jonathan Dayton High School ranked 584 out of the 1,000 schools to make the list.

Elsewhere around Union County's public schools, Elizabeth High School ranked 217, New Providence ranked 224, Summit ranked 251, Cranford ranked 279, Governor Livingston High in Berkeley Heights ranked 498, Westfield High ranked 352 and Scotch Plains/Fanwood ranked 769.

Scotch Plains/Fanwood also has three magnet schools — Union County Magnet High School (102), Academy for Science and Technology (143), Academy for Allied Health Sciences (167) — on the list.

Biotechnology High School in Freehold was the highest-ranking school in the Garden State, coming in 20th, followed by Bergen County Academies at 21 and McNair Academy in Jersey City, which earned the 48th spot. Millburn, at 83, is the highest-rated public high in the state. To see the New Jersey schools that earned spots on the list, click here.

Schools must agree to participate in the Newsweek survey; if a school's officials don't agree, the school will not be on the list. No data on which schools didn't agree to be part of the survey was reported.

According to the magazine's story, “This year’s ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation—the ones that have proved to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads."Schools administrators must provide six components for the rankings; the percentages in parentheses indicate the weight the categories carry in the review process: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent).

To see the full U.S. list, click here.

SusieQ May 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
All of schools on the list are public. Millburn is the highest ranked "open enrollment" school. The New Jersey schools ranked higher than Millburn are either magnet or charter schools.
Rosie May 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Kudos to the faculty and staff at Dayton. Academically they are on the right track However, the building needs to be updated a bit. I was there for a concert last night and had to use the bathroom. There were two stalls that had "out of order signs" and the drop ceiling was missing from some spots. Some of the ceiling was stained, possibly from a leak. I think someone should look into that.
Lenny May 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The third paragraph should read: UNION COUNTY also has three magnet schools — Union County Magnet High School (102), Academy for Science and Technology (143), Academy for Allied Health Sciences (167) While these school are technically in Scotch Plains, they are run by the county. And Scotch Plains and Fanwood are two separate municipalities which share their school systems, which of course does not apply to the County schools.
James May 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Who really cares what Millburn is. Springfield is still in the top 5% in the nation. Besides this is about Springfield not Millburn.
Chrys May 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Jonathan Dayton High School SAT’s scores actually dropped from an average of 1567 in 2011 to 1473 in 2012, according to Newsweek. The Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Testing scores for Jonathan Dayton in 2012 was an average of 2.9. These tests compute college readiness. I read that most college boards define a ‘2’ as a ‘possible’ for qualifying to receive college credits on the AP testing, however, most college will not accept a 2 and the more selective ones won’t even accept a 3. The scores range from 1 to 5 .

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