Magazine: Moorestown No. 1 High School in SJ

According to "New Jersey Monthly" magazine's latest rankings, Moorestown High School is tops in South Jersey and No. 27 (out of 328) in the whole state.

is No. 1 in South Jersey and No. 27 in the state, according to the latest rankings from New Jersey Monthly magazine.

The magazine formulates the rankings by weighting a variety of factors, including graduation rates and test results, among other things. Moorestown jumped 12 spots from its previous 39th place ranking in 2010—the last time the magazine published the list. There are a total of 328 high schools ranked.

Moorestown is the highest-ranked school in South Jersey, with Haddonfield Memorial coming in next at 33.

While administrators acknowledged the list certainly isn’t the only measuring stick for judging the the high school’s performance, they said it’s a nice feather in the district’s cap.

“To try to hang our hat on any one of these rankings is misguided,” said Principal Andrew Seibel. “But it’s a testament to the energies and efforts of our students and our staff, and the community.”

Assistant Superintendent Kate Burke Reilly was also pleased by the ranking, saying, “What it tells me is we’re definitely on the right track … It’s a wonderful recognition. It’s also just one feature of many that describes the high school.”

Seibel said he immediately shared the good news with the rest of the high school staff, as evidence of the school's commitment to its mantra of "High Expectations, High Support, High Achievement."

“It is important for us to know and celebrate when we get these kinds of accomplishments,” he said. “But it doesn’t mean that the work is done, and that’ll also be part of my message … Striving for perfection is always something I believe in.

Check out the attached PDF to see the full list of high schools and visit New Jersey Monthly's website to read more about the magazine's ranking formula.

Moorestown High School will begin the school year on Thursday, Sept. 6. .

John K August 24, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Now I'm confused...I read the PDF attachment to this article and it lists Haddonfield Memeorial as #2 and Cherry Hill East as #21...ahead of Moorestown's ranking at #27. (not that I put a whole lot of of stake in these rankings anyway...I know our district's schools and teachers are first-rate!)
Mike August 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
John K, what list were you reading? In the list I saw, Cherry Hill East was ranked about 98th (down from 57th in 2010) and Haddonfield was ranked around 33rd (down from 11th in 2010). Maybe there was a glitch to the linked pdf, initially. It seemed accurate when I read it.
Rob Scott August 24, 2012 at 05:56 PM
John, I'm not sure what you're looking at, but if you're looking at the attached PDF, you should see the numbers as I've written them.
Laura Spencer August 25, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Great news - it's the main reason we chose to move to Moorestown!
John K August 25, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Sorry..."My bad," as they say. I inadvertently scrolled too far down the attachment and was looking at somebody's (David from Princeton) posting on 8/24 of his independently created list ranking high schools in NJ.


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