NORTH BERGEN, NJ — Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, ranked High Tech High School 12th on its recently released 2016 rankings of the best public high schools in America. Niche’s 2016 Best Public High Schools ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall excellence of a public high school, taking into account key factors such as the strength of academic, quality of teachers, school resources, the quality of of student life, as well as student and parent reviews.

“The Niche Public School Rankings are a testament to the hard work our students, teachers, faculty and staff put in to our school, day in and day out,” said Hudson County Schools of Technology Superintendent Frank Gargiulo. “They are the ones that make High Tech the quality high school it is, and this honor is well deserved.”

Out of the 23,861 public high schools that Niche assessed, it also looked at graduation rates, SAT/ ACT scores and Advanced Placement tests. Academics comprise 50 percent of its final rankings, with High Tech earning an “A+” in academics, administration and polices, educational outcomes, food, health and safety, resources and facilities, student culture and diversity, as well as teachers. High Tech has an average graduation rate of 95 percent, with 92 percent of students proficient in math and 95 percent proficient in reading.

“We take a holistic approach when it comes to the quality of our high school, and we constantly strive to improve all areas of our students’ education,” said High Tech High School Principal Joseph Giammarella. “Whether its in the classrooms, cafeteria or college readiness, we aim to be the best because we have the best students in Hudson County.” 

High Tech offers career focused programs in disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), performing arts, visual arts, and culinary arts. The school serves 654 students and accepts applications from hundreds of Hudson County students ever year. Since its inauguration in 1991, High Tech has received prestigious awards, including a Blue Ribbon Schools award, medals from U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best School Rankings, and the Governor’s School of Excellence award.

“On behalf of the HCST Board of Education, we are honored by this distinguished recognition and would like to congratulate all those that are a part of High Tech High School who helped to make this recognition possible,” said Hudson County Schools of Technology Board of Education President Craig Guy.