TWO Newark High Schools Make the U.S. News 2021 “Best High Schools in NJ” List


On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, U.S. News & World Report released their latest rankings of the best public high schools in America. Two of those high schools are from Newark, New Jersey and ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation. Science Park High School is ranked #20 and Technology High School is ranked #35.

Superintendent León shared, “We couldn’t be any prouder of this recognition and aim to see more of our schools on The Best High Schools in America list. It is an incredible honor. I want to congratulate the students and their families, and the administrators and teachers at each school. We'd also like to congratulate Great Oaks, Donald Payne Tech, and Newark Tech for their ranking in the top 150. All high schools in Newark are on their paths to greatness and we appreciate you for leading the way.”

U.S. News & World Report system uses a scale of college readiness, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates used data from the 2018-2019 academic school year. Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News states “Families can use The Best High Schools rankings to see how schools compare at the national, state and local level on factors like graduation rates and college readiness.” She also notes “The rankings provide insight into academic performance among underserved groups.”

#20: Science Park High School is a magnet school located in the Central Ward that prepares students for careers in science, mathematics and technology. The SAT scores remain some of the highest in the country and the school’s curriculum is highly specialized.

When asked about the recognition, Principal Angela Mincy, of Science Park High School shared “It is quite an honor to be one of two Newark schools ranked among the best in the nation. It brings me immense pride to see our city’s excellence on full display. Credit is due to the entire Science Park High School staff, parents, and most importantly our amazing students.”

#35: Technology High School is a magnet high school located in Newark’s North Ward with a vision of developing global leaders by providing them with tools to succeed in a world driven by technology. As no stranger to The Best High Schools List, Principal Edwin Reyes shares, “It is great to be recognized for our school community's hard work and dedication to our students and their families. Our students, families, teachers and the overall Newark community should be incredibly proud of this accomplishment.”

Newark Public Schools under the leadership of Superintendent León effectively prepares Newark students to be game changers and world leaders. This recognition comes on the heels of several announcements regarding Newark Public School scholars and their tremendous accomplishments; serving as a testament to our vision of "Where Passion Meets Progress".

Valerie Merritt
Director of Communications