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SBHS Named One of Newsweek's Best High Schools Again

South Brunswick High School makes list of top 1,000 high schools in the country for the second year in a row.

South Brunswick High School has been recognized for the second straight year on Newsweek's annual list of the 1,000 best public high schools in America.

SBHS came in at number 683 on the list, and was the 54th ranked high school in New Jersey.

"Obviously anytime a publication of national recognition says the work we're doing is good work, and when compared to others we measure favorably, it's always gratifying," said Superintendant Gary McCartney. "It's one thing to think that your organization is good, but it's even better when other people think it's a good one. That kind of affirmation is really nice. It's like the icing on the cake."

According to the magazine, “this year’s ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation—the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent)."

Dr. McCartney praised the work done by teachers, students, parents and administration for making the recognition possible.

"We have an amazing array of talented people mixed in with a supportive community, committed students who really want to learn and talented teachers who go the extra mile in the elementary schools, middle schools and high schools," Dr. McCartney said. "People get confused when the high school gets recognition who's responsible for it. There are a number of excellent teachers who help students learn in a way that makes them want to keep doing it. That's what we're dealing with here. Great elementary school and middle school teachers who help to create a base that allows these kids to flourish."

The school was  in 2011. 

SBHS had a 99 percent graduation rate, with 87 percent of students college bound. SBHS had a rate of 0.4 for AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, a score of 1688 for average SAT/ACT scores, and 3.8 AP courses offered per student, according to the list.

"Students are flourishing at the high school and doing great work thanks to all of the staff, administration, the (Board of Education) for being supportive financially, and the community," Dr. McCartney said. "It's a total commitment by the entire community that allows this kind of recognition."

To see the full ranking list, click here.

Concerned SB Citizen May 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM
683? 683? Wow, that does not count towards good school. Look at WW-Plainsboro HS both South and North are 132 and 197! We need to work hard. Gary McCartney need to realize that there are still lot of things need to be improved. HS Principal is doing great job as well as teachers too, but not enough. Just being on the list will not make your HS shining!!
Lisa Rodgers May 22, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Concerned SB Citizen. I was somewhat surprised at your point, so I did a little search...remember... that is out of the top 1000. There are over 24,000 Secondary Schools in the US(SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2011). Digest of Education Statistics, 2010 (NCES 2011-015), Chapter 2.). and 54 in NJ out of 485 (www.state.nj.us/education/data/fact.htm). The fact that this area has three top high schools is quite an achievement in itself. We should congratulate ourselves, but always look to see where improvement can be had. But my goodness, why be so negative?
Barry Nathanson May 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
....."This year, our ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation—the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student(5 percent)." ...Just to be on the list is great!
Just me May 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Kudos for making it for two cosecutive years! Not a good sign that we went from 264 in 2011 to 683 in 2012 though! What happened?
Winston May 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM
People...people...before you get so excited look at the source...NewsWeek? Who the heck reads Newsweek? The only place you see Newsweek is in doctors offices. This rag is an old school (no pun intended) irrelevant rag. In edition, they lost their journalistic credibility decades ago!
Winston May 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Oh please.....
I am RIGHT May 23, 2012 at 02:45 AM
It's amazing how this news could viewed in a negative light. I'd love to know what private schools your children attend.
Winston May 23, 2012 at 02:48 AM
You condescending moron. How dare you!
I am RIGHT May 23, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Wnstn - I wasn't talking to you. You're already on record as sending your children to public school. I understand SBHS will be adding an anger management course in your honor. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CC May 23, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Wow! How can we drop so much! We keep expanding with increased population and budget cut. Someone need to do the math.
Winston May 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Let's all chant..1...2...3... We are number 54! We are number 54! We are number 54!
Concerned SB Citizen May 23, 2012 at 01:00 PM
LMR, I am not looking at negatively. My point is, by being on list, we should not assume that we are doing. We need to work more harder to get better. That's why I said that "HS Principal is doing great job as well as teachers too". I am happy to be part of this township and happy to see SBHS name in Newsweek list, but would like to see in top 200,
Just my thoughts May 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Just as FYI. Last year Newsweek school list did not have many school people rate as best. It seems they missed it last time and included a lot more this time. That may explain such a big drop in this list. But then what is the credibility of this list? And why should we care? Our kids are doing wonderful in SBHS and will do outstanding irrespective of ratings.
Alex May 23, 2012 at 11:44 PM
When I graduated South Brunswick High School a year ago, the rankings for SBHS were 20th in the state and 268 in the country. A 400 position drop nationally could be statistically passable, as the number of high schools in the country is in the tens of thousands making competition inherently very harsh as the difference between 200 and 600 is probably only a couple of points. However when combined with the 30 rank drop at the state level in only one year, tax payers in South Brunswick should be asking questions.

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