A new ranking of New Jersey schools by New Jersey Monthly magazine puts at no. 44, based on the such criteria as the school environment, student performance and educational outcomes. The magazine ranked 328 schools in the state for the article.
The survey is the magazine's first since 2010, when Watchung Hills came in at no. 48. This year's top school in the ranking was New Providence High School.
Accoridng to the magazine, the rankings were calculated by Ringwood-based research company Leflein Associates, based on several areas of school performance and effectiveness. The criteria includes the school environment (average class size, number of AP classes offered, faculty with advanced degrees), school performance (average combined SAT score, advanced proficiency scores on the HSPA, AP scores of 3 or higher as a percentage of the junior and senior classes), and the graduation rate.
Watchung Hills Regional has seen mixed successes in magazine rankings, though is usually among the top schools—a Newsweek magazine ranking put the school at , but the school and the school slipped to 187 in Newsweek's latest rating.
While the rankings make for great dinner conversation, most —but many view the information as helpful.