It’s an annual ranking schools look forward to each and every year.  US News & World Report’s top high schools in the United States.  The publication named approximately 300 New Jersey high schools among the best in the nation for their 2021 rankings, but only one in Hudson County cracked the top 100 in New Jersey.  Only eight from the Garden State made the top 100.  More than 17,800 public high schools in all were rated.

So which Hudson County high school, despite the pandemic and the need for remote and hybrid learning is seen by US News & World Report as the best in New Jersey?  Well, Jersey City’s Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School came in at #73.

“The purpose of the rankings is to provide insight into academic performance among underserved groups, showing how well schools are supporting these students,” Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said in a news release.

Which New Jersey high school ranked highest?  At #27, Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, part of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District in Edison.

Nationally, US News rated Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia as the best public high school in the country.

The methodology used by US News for the 2021 rankings focused on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.