North Bergen High School has been awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News and World Report magazine, recognizing it as one of New Jersey’s best public high schools. The new rankings, which came out this week, utilize several data points to evaluate schools including test scores, student demographics, college readiness, faculty-student ratio and more. The bronze medal award is attributable to the district’s intense focus on reading skills, dedicated faculty and talented students according to Superintendent Dr. George Solter.
“We are all very proud to see our students, faculty and administration’s hard work recognized with this ranking,” said Dr. Solter. “Despite being tremendously underfunded by the state, North Bergen High School is still providing students with a top-flight public education and preparing them well for college and the workforce.”
North Bergen’s school district is the most underfunded by state aid in New Jersey, according to the Education Law Center. Last year the district received $24 million less than what it is entitled to receive under the School Funding Reform Act formula.
“Achieving a ranking like this and the test scores and other accomplishments that lead to it are a wonderful triumph for our high school,” said Mayor Nick Sacco, who works as an administrator in the district. “Doing it while receiving a whopping $24 million less in state aid than our district deserves based on our needs is a testament to our amazing students and faculty. I would like to congratulate them all for the hard work that led to this honor.”