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Sparta, Hopatcong High Schools Miss NJ Rankings

U.S. News & World Report's annual national rankings released; no Sussex County schools make top 50 spots in the state.

Sparta, Hopatcong High Schools Miss NJ Rankings

Sparta High School students tested either at or above New Jersey averages, while Hopatcong High School students tested below those numbers, and neither were ranked in the top 50 schools in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine’s annual high school rankings were released Tuesday morning and showed a changeup in the top 10 spots, and no Sussex County school made the top 54.

The top spot went to Biotechnology High School in Freehold, ousting this year’s number two, High Technology High School.

Three main factors are calculated for the rankings, including college readiness, math proficiency and language proficiency.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Hopatcong and Sparta High Schools as indicated in the chart:

SchoolCollege ReadinessMath ProficiencyLanguage ProficiencyHopatcong High School 4.4
(8% AP proficient) 2.8
(65% proficient) 2.9
(83% proficient) Sparta High School 33.2
(39% AP proficient 3.2
(87% proficient) 3.3
(96% proficient)

Sparta had a 14-to-1 student to teacher ratio, while Hopatcong had a 16-to-1 student to teacher ratio, the report showed.

Hopatcong’s numbers were all down from 2012’s report, as the “college readiness”

Just eight percent of Hopatcong High School students tested in AP exams, the report said.

Sparta High School’s college readiness and language proficiency were both above the state average, while its math proficiency was near the New Jersey middle, the report said.

What do you think of the rankings? Do they fall in line with your perception of the high schools?

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