Par Hills Rises, Par High Falls In NJ Monthly's Biennial Ranking

Both township high schools are among the top 100 schools in the state.

Mixed results for Parsippany schools can be found in the just-released biennial ranking of 328 high schools in the state by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. The news is good for , which rose 27 places from its 2010 ranking to land at number 23. l, on the other hand, fell two spots to number 86, still considered to be an eviable ranking.

NJ Monthly Magazine’s 2012 list of the top public high schools will be featured in the September issue, which hits newsstands Aug. 28.

The magazine notes that the average class size at Par Hills is 18.2 and that the combined average SAT score is 1629. 

For Par High, NJ Monthly reports the average class size as 19.2 and the combined average SAT score as 1587.

NJ Monthly Magazine made changes to its methodology this year, including a new graduation-rate calculation, eliminating student/computer ratio as a factor and increasing the weighting for data on test results, according to its article announcing the top public high schools.

“The school’s average class size is down sharply since the 2010 rankings, and its math scores in the High School Proficiency Assessment have improved significantly. This at a time of state budget cuts and local belt-tightening,” according to the NJ Monthly Magazine article.

Here's how some other Morris County schools performed:

School 2012 2010 Kinnelon   5 21 Madison   6 15 Mountain Lakes   7 9 Randolph 37 52 Whippany Park 38 42 Montville 39 47 Morris Hills 42 70 West Morris Mendham 45 26 Morristown 75 66 Morris Knolls 79 79 Roxbury 93 115 Butler 94 176 Jefferson 211 158



ProudParMom August 23, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Salaries have been frozen for over two years. Parents have just as much responsibility to educate students as the teachers do.
Brian August 23, 2012 at 05:03 AM
That is very true. Poor students at the High!!!!!!!
Selene August 23, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Excuse me? What do I pay taxes for? The teachers should teach and the parents should parent. What is wrong with you?
Citizen Jane August 26, 2012 at 02:22 AM
eviable? Like everyone I'd like to see PHS ranked higher, and there is room for improvement, without a doubt. BUT, having a child who is attending PHS, I know first hand that by and large the kids are receiving a good education. PHS is producing students who go on to thrive at college and in life. They had several high achieving students recognized nationally in the last year alone, as evidenced by the number of national merit scholars and how well the academic decathalon team did. Whether they are considered 35th by the numbers or 85th, it's a good school.
Jessica August 30, 2012 at 05:58 PM
How can you say that if you say that the Hills teachers need to go to the High? Obviously you must think they're an accurate indicator of something.


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