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SPFHS Ranks #54 on NJ Monthly’s List of Top High Schools

John Mooney and Sean Conklin

Thursday, August 28, 2014 • 2:38pm

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) ranked 54th on New Jersey Monthly’s bi-annual list of the top high schools in the state. It represents a leap of six places from the 2012 list.

Chatham was at the top of the list, while New Providence was No. 1 among Union County high schools. Among other surrounding towns, Westfield ranked No. 21, Governor Livingston (Berkeley Heights) ranked  No. 36, Summit ranked  No. 38, Cranford ranked  No. 49, and Arthur L. Johnson (Clark) ranked  No. 86.

New Jersey Monthly magazine's ranking of SPFHS is based on:

·         Student-Faculty ratio: 12.6. 

·         Number of AP subjects offered: 17.

·         Percentage of students taking at least one AP course: 39.7%.

·         Percentage scoring 1550 or more on the SAT: 58.3%.

·         Percentage scoring Advanced Proficient on the HSPA 11th Grade state test: 42%

·         Percentage of AP tests resulting in score of 3 or higher: 79.7%

·         Graduation rate: 98%.

·         Percentage enrolled in college 16 months after high school: 85%.

“It is certainly nice to be part of the Top 100, but there many outstanding high schools in New Jersey that provide students with beneficial learning experiences that may not be on this list,” said Dr. David Heisey, Principal of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.  “It’s very difficult to rank schools.”

“There are so many variables and factors that come into play regarding the ranking of high schools and I did notice that this year with other high schools that there was a great deal of fluctuation,” Dr. Heisey added during an interview with TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

The areas in which the principal would like to see improvement are the percentage of students taking at least one AP course and the number of students scoring 1550 or higher on the SATs.

SPFHS integrates SAT skills in the teaching curriculum and offers SAT prep courses for students, especially during the winter.

The full list of 339 ranked high schools will be available online at NJmonthly.com starting Sept. 1.

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