The numbers are in for the best high schools in New Jersey, and two separate rankings place West Orange High School in the middle of the pack -- both in the state and county.
In a new ranking of the state’s high schools published this past week by Inside Jersey, West Orange High School was ranked 14 out of 35 Essex County public high schools.
The rankings for Inside Jersey were based on the most recent High School Proficiency Assessment data released by the New Jersey Department of Education. However, according to the website, Inside Jersey “weighted the test results to give advanced scores greater value.”
Charter schools were also included in Inside Jersey’s rankings.
Topping the list for Inside Jersey in Essex County was Millburn, followed by Livingston.
Median house values were also included in the rankings. All but two high schools higher in the county rankings had lower median home values than West Orange, listed at $417,000. Conversely, all the high schools below West Orange on the list had much lower median house values.
In another high school ranking by New Jersey Monthly, West Orange ranked 136 out of more than 320 high schools statewide in 2012. According to the website, West Orange dropped eight spots from the previous year.
New Jersey Monthly compiled its data using the 2010-11 New Jersey School Report Card scores released by the state DOE. Charter schools were excluded from the rankings “due to a lack of data,” according to the New Jersey Monthly website.
In addition, other categories and indicators factored into the rankings were: school environment, student performance, and student outcomes, among others.
Out of 29 Essex County high schools on the list, New Jersey Monthly ranked West Orange 11th. Again, Millburn was ranked the best out of any high school in the county, and came in 8th statewide.