Schools within the Freehold Regional High School District (FRHSD) have been receiving honors leading up to the start of the school year, earning distinction on New Jersey Monthly’s Top NJ High Schools 2014 list and being named to The Daily Beast list of the top schools in America.
All six high schools significantly climbed the list from New Jersey Monthly’s last ranking held in 2012. This year Marlboro High School ranked at 9, Freehold Township High School ranked at 66, Colts Neck High School ranked at 68, Freehold High School ranked at 89, Manalapan High School ranked 93 and Howell High School ranked at 107.
New Jersey Monthly used data from the state Department of Education’s most recent New Jersey School Performance Reports in determining the top high schools. They looked at school environment (with a weight of 1), student performance (with a weight of 1.5) and student outcomes (with a weight of 2.1). The weighted summary scores for each category were added together to arrive at the final overall score. The schools were ranked according to that score.
Four FRHSD schools made The Daily Beast list of top schools in America with Marlboro High School ranked at 109, Howell High School ranked at 336, Freehold Township High School ranked at 398 and Freehold High School ranked at 576.
The Daily Beast reached out to thousands of the nation’s best high schools inviting them to take part in a survey. To come up with the initial pool, The Daily Beast consulted 2012/2013 data from the Department of Education and contacted public schools with above-average graduation rates of at least 85 percent. Approximately 1,200 public schools completed the survey, then they looked at the numbers, comparing schools by graduation and college acceptance rates, as well as their academic rigor using AP, IB, and AICE classes and test scores, and finally, student performance on college admission exams, another indicator of a school’s preparation.
The schools were selected based on ratings in the following categories: four-year cohort graduation rate (30 percent), college acceptance rate (30 percent), rigor/college preparedness (30 percent) and college-entrance exams (10 percent).
“We are proud to see our schools receiving the recognition they deserve. Our staff and students dedicate themselves to pursuing excellence day in and day out and for that to be recognized on both the state and national level is outstanding,” Superintendent of Schools Charles Sampson said.