Friday, September 1, 2023

Maplewood's and South Orange's Columbia High School steadily climbing up the ladder in rankings, now 45th in the State of NJ


Columbia High School Improves 

to 45th Best in New Jersey 

in New Rankings

CHS ranking by U.S. News & World Report

improves from 59 last year

 Mapleood, NJ:   Columbia High Schools ranking has improved to 45 best in the 

state of New Jerssey, by U.S. News and World Report.  The South Orange-

Maplewood School District marks a “dramatic jump” from last year’s ranking of 59.

In all, the report released on Tuesday ranked a total of 399 New Jersey high 

schools, the district said.

Columbia’s ranking shows the school is “on the right track in helping students

 achieve academic success,” Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor said in the news


The top ranked high school in the state is Union County Magnet High School 

in Scotch Plains.

“We congratulate Principal Frank Sanchez, everyone on his administrative team,

 all of the high school’s teachers and staff, and our students’ parents and 

guardians on this recognition of their efforts,” he said. “Let us all continue in 

our efforts to instill greater equity among our students, and to improve 

Columbia High School and our entire District in attending to the educational 

needs of every student.” 

CHS Principal Sanchez said the announcement was “very encouraging news.”

 “While we appreciate this recognition, there is nothing more gratifying to us 

than to see our students achieve academic success and continue on their 

paths to lifelong learning and realizing their potential,” Sanchez said in the 

news release. “Our teachers, administrators, and staff are among the most 

dedicated in the world, and we will never stop working to make Columbia 

High School a better place for the students and families we serve.”

The ranking news comes after the district said last week that students in 

Columbia High School’s class of 2024 have tested far higher than state 

averages on a New Jersey assessment of graduation readiness, and the district

 is making progress on closing the achievement gap among its students.

Across the rising seniors tested, 93.8% met the proficiency standard in English Language Arts, far above the state’s average of 80.5% in 2022. In math, 69.8% 

of the students tested met the proficiency standard, also significantly higher 

than the New Jersey average of 55%.

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