Hills and Valley Ranked In The Top 100 High Schools

Hills rises 16 spots from 51st to 35th; Valley drops one spot, from 63rd to 64th.

Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley were ranked in the top 100 high schools in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

was ranked 35th, up 16 spots from its 2010 ranking of 51st. was ranked in virtually the same spot 64th, as it was in 2010, 63rd.

Here is how the schools compared:

School Grade 12 Enrollment Avg. Class Size


/Faculty Ratio

% of Faculity With Master's or Doctorate Degrees Average Combined SAT Scores % of Students Proficient: HSPA-Language % of Students Proficient: HSPA-Math Number of AP Tests Offered Wayne Hills  335 21 10.6 73 1634 38 42 20 Wayne Valley 365 20 10.8 69 1555 30 34 17

The rankings of all 328 public high schools are released every other year.

The rankings will be featured in the September issue, which hits newsstands Aug. 28. 

"Having both these schools included within the top 20 percent is commendable, and testifies to the excellence of our district's students, faculty, and staff, while highlighting Wayne Township Public Schools' commitment to excellence," said Superintendent of Schools Ray Gonzalez in a statement. "These rankings also are further motivation to continue improving and upgrading our district."

New Jersey Monthly 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 an article announcing the top public high schools.

Vocational schools were ranked separately.

Passaic County Technical School was ranked 23rd out of 36 vocational schools in the state.

Joe videodummy August 24, 2012 at 05:46 AM
This shows that students and parents are doing their part, now it's time for the teachers and administration to meet them at least half way. The rankings prove that our students want to go to college, and now it's your turn to prove that you can prepare them to meet and exceed those goals. Your fortunate to have the opportunity to be hired to teach in a town that is in the Top 100 places to live, as well as in the Top 100 places to learn. Stop the nonsense.
all4education August 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Just curious.....if both schools are supposed to be considered "equal", then why does Hills offer 20 AP tests vs. only 17 at Valley?
Wayne's World August 24, 2012 at 01:43 PM
WH should be proud of the #35 ranking as that puts us back in top 10% in the state, where we should be. Hoping WV can climb back up to take its rightful place in the top 10%. Very happy to see the news getting a little better on that front. Great job WH parents and faculty.
Brad August 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I thought hills ranked in the teens when I went there, so although it is good to see them making such a big jump, with the taxes that we pay, it should be a top 10 school.
Flood Plain August 24, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I like to see the data modeling to be sure these are not embellished.
Bobby G August 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM
So now that Hills moved up, are all the haters going to say Gonzalez is doing a good job? After all, plenty were blaming him and the Board for 2010's numbers even though alot of them were not there, including Gonzalez. And I do not support the board or think that Gonzalez had anything to do with the improvement of Hills' position.
Concerned Educator August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Joe, there are studies that prove the fact that parent's involved in their child's education increases the student/child success in school, I wouldn't discount the teachers role in helping improve the scores/education of all wayne students. After all, without good teachers where is your good education. Unfortunately, Gonzalez hasn't been here long enough, but Mr Roth was for these achievements as well as the current and past administration of the buildings and the District. Wait a second, the Hills Principal just left! It takes at least three to five years to make measurable change in a school and or District. Let's see how Valley fairs under Dr. Gonzalez. Let's also look at the feeder schools, who was impacting these students? What teachers/administrators and schools? What have they been doing differently to impact student achievement to allow the measurable results you are now seeing?
realityinnj September 04, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Congrats to all of wayne for the outstanding ranking. 1 correction to everyone here though- The numbers used for htis ranking are from 2010/2011. the superintendent and most of the BOE, administration were not in the district for this testing. So although I am proud of all of our students, they deserve the credit and not individuals not even in the district at the time of testing. As long as these rankings continue to move forward and this is not a one year wonder- i'm very happy to see our system moving in the right direction!! Time will tell though- see everyone in 2 years for the next ranking!


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