Columbia High School Ranked in State’s Top 50
CHS moves up in New Jersey Monthly survey.
By Carolyn Maynard-Parisi
August 22, 2012
Columbia High School (CHS) is the 47th best public high school in the state, according to the recently-released ranking of 328 public high schools by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
Columbia, which serves students in both South Orange and Maplewood, has advanced steadily up in the biennial ranking, climbing from #89 in 2008 to #75 in 2010, and now to 47th. The ranking chart is attached as a PDF to this article.
“The entire community should be proud of CHS’s movement up the rankings and the accomplishment of our students that the rankings represent,” said Superintendent of Schools Brian G. Osborne in a statement released by the district. “The steady improvement comes from the commitment and professionalism of SOMSD educators and staff, and the enthusiastic support that the SOMA community gives its public schools. CHS is a fantastic place to go to high school, and we will work tirelessly to make it even better for all of our students.”
Columbia was ranked in 6th place for schools in Essex County, behind Millburn (which dropped from #1 to #8 in the state ranking), Glen Ridge, N. Caldwell, Livingston and W. Caldwell. New Providence High School jumped into 1st place in the state ranking.
NJ 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. The emphasis on test scores was intended to acknowledge student gains despite large decreases in state aid, according to the article.
For more information: Maplewood Patch
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