High Schools Tumble in NJ Monthly Rankings

Mendham High School drops 19 spots, Central slips nine.

Both West Morris Regional high schools dropped in New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s annual rankings released this week.

Mendham High School had the more drastic decline, slipping from number 26 to 45 year over year, while West Morris Central fell from number 43 to 56.

Factors in the rankings include School Environment, Student Performance, and Student Outcomes, according to the magazine’s methodology. To learn more about the methodology, go here.

The rankings are a result of the 2010-11 school year’s performance.

The monthly rankings also include a category of top schools by district factor group, a socioeconomic classification of schools. West Morris Central, an “I” school, and Mendham High School, a “J” school, both missed the top 10 in this year’s rankings. New Jersey Monthly lumped “I” and “J” schools together.

The top school in that category’s ranking is New Providence, and “I” school, which also topped the overall public high school rankings. 

Barbara August 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Inge- you just identified the major issue causing the drop in the rankings. The gold standard AP program continues to be diluted in the district as teachers "must" teach IB rhetoric in front of mixed classes of IB and non IB (AP) students. Often they (the teachers) do not cover what is required to score well on the AP exams because we are an IB high school following IB curriculum written in Switzerland. We should follow the lead of a neighboring district who dumped the IB program, refocused on AP and has seen a steady rise in their rankings.
Claire August 22, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I agree with Barbara and Inge - get rid of the IB and focus on AP - incorporate AP teaching into both Honor and Advanced levels
MrsT73199 August 22, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Tracy, I think you have a valid point. Parents often look at rankings to decide which school district will provide the best education - and for property value. There are certainly flaws in the ranking system, but we should also notice that less affluent areas are outperforming both high schools in these scales. The Board and administration - of all the sending districts as well as both high schools - do need to assess their programs and plan for improvement.
jefco348 August 22, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Houston ....we have a problem.Sort of like the Captain of the Titanic telling his passengers that there is nothing to worry about.....wakeup,the numbers dont lie,just the board and the politicians do. Linda,step away from your computer walk outside and open your eyes...
Domino August 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Perhaps when the BOE is no longer single-focused on how unfair Jamie Button's tax bill is and actually discusses educational issues, things will improve. That is, of course, unless you count Mr. Button's proposal of giving his sons an extra study hall as "educational improvement". I think parents need to focus less on the ratings of a magazine whose primary focus used to be the quality of weiners served at the shore and more on the larger question of whether their children are still being accepted into colleges of high quality and performing well while there .


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