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R-FH Ranks High on 'Newsweek' Poll

The school is one of the best of 1,000 in the country and 74 in New Jersey. Do you think the rating system is fair? Answer our poll.

has, once again, emerged as one of the best.

Newsweek magazine’s poll on the best high schools across the country has ranked it 394 of 1,000 schools. R-FH ranked 37 out of the 74 New Jersey schools on the list.

The statistics that earned the high school its placement on the list were: a 97 percent graduation rate, 0.5 AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, a 95 percent college-bound student body, average SAT score of 1747, average ACT score of 24.7 and average AP score of 3.7.

According to Newsweek, “the list is based on (those) six components provided by school administrators.”

The Biotechnology High School in Freehold topped the NJ list with a ranking of 20 nationwide. Other Monmouth County schools that ranked high or made the 1,000 best cut were: Holmdel High School, placing 179 on the list of 1,000, Marlboro High School at 454, Freehold Borough High School at 675, Shore Regional at 714, Ocean Township at 737, Red Bank Regional at 756 and Freehold Township at 970.

“This year’s ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation — the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.

Of the 74 top ranked New Jersey schools that made the list, Freehold’s Biotechnology was classified as a “selective” academic institution.  All the others in Monmouth County are classified as “open enrollment” or public schools.

There were a total of nine schools in New Jersey classified as “magnet” and/or “selective.”

Do you think it’s fair to mix “magnet” and “selective” schools in with public in this sort of survey or do you think it unfairly skews the resulting rankings. Let us know in the poll and/or comments section below.

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