Hudson high schools make U.S. News best schools list


WASHINGTON – More than 100 New Jersey schools are ranked among the best high schools in America, according to the 2018 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, and 10 schools in Hudson County made the list.
Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School in Jersey City ranked the highest, receiving a “Gold” designation at number 5.
Other Jersey City schools on the list included Liberty High School, ranked 42, and Infinity Institute, which was listed at 46. Both schools received a “Silver” designation. County Prep High School in Jersey City ranked 77.
Also ranked “Silver” was High Tech High School in North Bergen, at 35, and Weehawken High School, which placed at number 50.
Bayonne High School was listed at 72, in the “Bronze” category. Also in that category were Jose Marti Freshman Academy (86) and Union City High School (101), and Memorial High School in West New York at 89.
To determine the rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the social science research firm RTI International. A variety of data sources, including the Common Core of Data, College Board and the International Baccalaureate, were used.
A four-step process was used to rank all eligible schools. The first two steps were to determine whether students were performing better than statistically expected in the state and whether minority were performing at or better than the state average for minority students, which was the second step. The third step required schools to meet or surpass a certain graduation benchmark and the final step was to determine college readiness.