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More than 100 New Jersey schools ranked among the best in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings of best high schools in the country. The highest ranked New Jersey school on the list was 22nd (see full list below).

The 2018 best high school rankings were released on Wednesday and evaluate over 20,500 public high schools. U.S. News identified schools that best serve all students and assessed how prepared students are for college-level work. Schools are also recognized with gold, silver and bronze medals with gold indicating the greatest level of college readiness.

Twenty-three New Jersey schools received a gold medal, 39 received a silver medal and 41 schools received a bronze medal.

While Arizona schools dominated in the overall rankings, compared to other states, New Jersey's performance was ranked 17th nationwide by U.S. News while Arizona was no. 28. Pennsylvania was 14th.

The state-by-state performance rating was based on which states have the highest the highest proportion of schools with gold and silver medals. Based on this metric, Massachusetts was the leading performer, followed by California and Maryland. Read more