the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood High is now ranked 27th in NJ and 554th in the country in this influential survey… note there are lots of non-selective schools ahead of RHS in NJ’s top twenty-five, including Jersey City, Elizabeth, Princeton, Chatham, Millburn, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Ridge, Glen Ridge, Mountain Lakes, Summit, and Tenafly.
In other similar rankings RHS ranked #26, #32, and one where it wasn’t even top fifty in the state. I think we ranked 23rd for SAT scores statewide in a NJ.com survey last year. Ridgewood only scores a 60.4/100 on the college readiness scale in this US News ranking.
The point is that, while rankings are subjective and only one component of evaluating our school leadership, the trend & overall message is clear: these rankings are unlikely to improve under the current BOE administration; they’ve been in secular decline for over a decade.
Real leadership dictates that tough decisions are made when it’s in the best interests of all stakeholders ie students and taxpayers .
Can you make any argument that Ridgewood parents and taxpayers (given 65% of our property taxes fund the schools) don’t deserve the best educators and administrators in the country given we pay amongst the highest wages and offer the best benefits in the entire country?
Can you make any argument that prospective home buyers don’t look at school rankings when deciding where to live? The fact the “For Sale” signs grow like mushrooms at the end of every school year suggests they do.