In the list released on April 19, RBR received silver medal status, ranking in the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation, or number 1,889 out of 19,908 qualifying for the study. RBR held the number 57 position out of 422 high schools in New Jersey (a total of 109 NJ schools made the 2016 list).
RBR and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional represent the only Monmouth County public, non-magnet schools on the list.
According to the U.S. News and World Report website, the publication teamed with the social science research firm RTI International to produce this year’s rankings. The methodology used was multifaceted and based on key principles including “that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”
The four-step process utilized: (1) reading and math results vis-à-vis other schools in the state; (2) the superior performance of economically-disadvantaged students performance vis-à-vis the same cohort in the state; (3) a minimum graduation rate using information from students enrolled as 9th graders; (4) a college-readiness index based on students enrollment and test results in either Advanced Placement Tests or Internationally Baccalaureate Program (RBR has both).
“Our staff and administration has worked tirelessly over the past decade to provide all our students access to the highest and most challenging course work we offer while providing them the necessary supports to succeed,” RBR Principal Risa Clay stated. “We are gratified that our efforts are showcased by this accolade as well as the many others that RBR has received.”