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Watchung Hills Regional Ranked 44th by NJ Magazine

School moves up four spots from 2010 survey.

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. 

mrsp August 23, 2012 at 02:57 PM
out of how many high schools in the state? is that great, middle, or bottom? (there are around 700 towns, but high schools often serve 3-5 towns. if there are 100 high schools 44 is nothing to boast about in one of the most cash-rich areas in the country.) I also noticed that the primary and middle schools in this area are indeed some of the best in the state and country, according to greatschools.org, for example. So-- what explains the discrepancy between the great middle schools, versus high schools of debatable calibre? Good question for a journalist (or real estate agent/principal/superintendent...)
AXXEL KNUTSON August 23, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Given the budget a lot of heads should roll. Given that performance lower the salaries of staff and teachers until they can prove their worth. Smart at the top..Out the door. Time to consolidate Warren, Watchung, Bernard's Twp & combine these redundant schools, police, health departments, municipal staff...
mrsp August 23, 2012 at 05:02 PM
(Watchung Hills HS also include Long Hill, doesn't it?)
John Patten (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 05:12 PM
MRSP-The New Jersey Monthly ranking includes 328 schools, so no. 44 is in the top 15 percent. How much difference is there between the schools? New Providence is ranked first—the school bests Watchung Hills Regional in graduation rate by 1.49% (97.7 to 96.51), average combined SAT scores by 39 points (1737 to 1698), and did much better on the HSPA math advanced proficiency score: NP scored 61.8% advanced proficient vs. WHRHS' 38 percent. WHRHS wins on AP classes, however, with 27 classes and 46.3 percent participating, compared to NP's 24 classes and 35 percent participation.

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