Union County Is Home to Top Public Schools in New Jersey

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Multiple Union County high schools were ranked on Niche’s 2020 Best Public High Schools list. Schools from Scotch Plains, Westfield and Summit can be found on this year’s rankings. These rankings are based on analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and rankings.
Scotch Plains schools frequent the lists more than any other Union County town and for good reason. The quaint town boasts not only top elementary, middle and high schools, but also vocational schools. Smaller classrooms and thought-provoking curriculums put these schools ahead of the rest. 
Raising a family in Scotch Plains allows for not only an exemplary education, but also a chance to be a part of a tight-knit community. Various clubs and organizations within the town mean multiple opportunities to connect with your neighbors. With a number of activities and attractions, Scotch Plains is a top choice for many people looking for a new place to call home.
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Read about the ranked Union County high schools below!

Best Public High Schools

#3 Union County Magnet High School – Scotch Plains

Overview: This engineering-based specialized career academy emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills through a rigorous project-based curriculum. The goal is to provide students with the latest technological and academic resources needed to succeed in the modern world.
Enrollment: 298
Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1

#8 Academy for Allied Health Sciences – Scotch Plains

Overview: As a four-year secondary learning community, the academy aims to develop confident, well-rounded students through challenging academic experiences, with exposure to various health career skills and occupations. Leadership and collaboration experiences are cultivated and refined to meet the communities’ changing needs. 
Enrollment: 291
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1

#9 Academy for information Technology – Scotch Plains

Overview: The Academy for Information Technology is a small, four-year career academy that fosters critical thinking skills in its culturally diverse student population. By stressing intellectual curiosity, hard work, ethical behavior, and technological expertise with business integration, the school community guides its students to achieve their greatest potential. 
Enrollment: 287
Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1

#14 Union County Vocational Technical High School – Scotch Plains

Overview: Union County Vocational-Technical High School is committed to ensuring high standards and challenging opportunities for students through the integration of academic and technical training. Students will be consistently called upon to challenge their levels of learning through assignments and projects requiring an application of knowledge across all disciplines.
Enrollment: 424
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:1

#32 Westfield Senior High School – Westfield

Overview: Westfield Senior High School is a community rooted in a tradition of academic excellence entrusted to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and originality. Its purpose is to reinforce ethical responsibility, promote personal integrity, and instill a life-long passion for learning.
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

#38 Academy for Performing Arts – Scotch Plains

Overview: The Academy is a four-year innovative intuition that fosters the discipline, integrity, and passion necessary for students to succeed at the post-secondary level and as members of the performing arts community. The culmination of the program allows students to complete their senior year by taking college-level courses and receiving college credit at Kean University.
Enrollment: 209
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

#56 New Providence High School– New Providence

Overview: The New Providence School District has launched its 2019-2020 Character Education Initiative “Listen, Lift, Lead”. The district-wide Character Education Kick-Off was designed to coordinate with the National Week of Respect. Character Education lessons are incorporated into the curriculum in all schools in the district, and unite the students in a common theme focusing on messages of kindness, respect, and empathy for others.
Enrollment: 209
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

#64 Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School – Scotch Plains

Overview: This comprehensive high school fosters each individual’s potential by providing programs and opportunities for academic, emotional, creative, physical, and social growth. Continuing education is a priority in the school community where a well-educated staff models the benefits of life-long learning. The high school supports a climate that values teaching and learning, a climate in which academics are honored and distractions that interfere with teaching and learning are not tolerated.
Enrollment: 1,526
Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1

#66 Cranford High School – Cranford

Overview: The community of Cranford High School, are striving to acquire and foster the knowledge and responsibility necessary to preserve the diverse democratic society and to choose and enjoy a life of consequence now and in the world of the 21st Century. Young adults graduating from the Cranford High School community must respect people and property, progress and preservation. They should regard learning as a life-long endeavor and freedom as a right to secure.
Enrollment: 1,177
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

#76 Governor Livingston High School – Berkeley Heights

Overview: Governor Livingston High School has a long tradition of excellence that is bolstered by a supportive community, motivated students, and a hard-working and innovative teaching staff. It is the goal of Governor Livingston High School to provide a world-class, whole-child education that offers equitable opportunities for all students. In an effort to grow in the area of opportunity and innovation, Governor Livingston continues to support and develop it’s 1:1 iPad program for students and staff. This technology has proven to enhance the level of student engagement, development of higher-level thinking skills and has better prepared our students for their lives in the 21st century.
Enrollment: 1,053
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1
Information compiled by Julia Rivera for michellepaisgroup.com


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