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VHS Makes Another Top High Schools List


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VHS-Electronic-SignVerona High School has made U.S. News & World Report‘s 2014 Best High Schools list.

VHS was ranked 913 nationally out of 19,400 high schools and 32 within 398 schools in the state of New Jersey, earning a silver medal overall. This is the first time since that Verona has appeared on the list, which has been published in six out of the last eight years.

To be ranked by U.S. News, a high school must first have high scores on state standardized tests and then have a large percentage of its students successfully taking Advanced Placement exams. In 2011, VHS revised its curriculum to push more students into AP classes and testing. VHS’s work on AP tests earned it a 36.6 out of 100 on U.S. News’ “college readiness” index. The top-ranked New Jersey school was Biotechnology High School in Freehold, which scored a 100 on college readiness.

Only two other schools in Verona’s group of comparable high schools made the U.S. News list. Glen Ridge was ranked 22 with a 52.3 score on college readiness, and Mahwah at 31 with a 36.9.

Earlier this month, Superintendent Steve Forte announced that VHS had seen a substantial improvement in its rank on the Washington Post’s list of America’s most challenging high schools.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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