The Garden State belongs in the upper echelon of American states when it comes to public education; according to U.S. News & World Report, New Jersey is #3 in the nation in Pre-K-12 education, and #2 in high school graduation rate.

New Jersey’s best school system is West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, comprising ten schools serving students hailing from West Windsor and Plainsboro Townships. A number of its schools have received the highest honor any public school can receive, the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon award, including West WIndsor-Plainsboro High School North in 2006.

Tenafly Public Schools, serving Tenafly, NJ, ranks second in the state. The district’s six schools consistently exceed state and nationwide standards of achievement, and Tenafly High School was recognized as a gold medal school by U.S. News & World Report, an honor bestowed to the best public high schools in the nation.

Third in the ranking is Bernards Township School District. Several of the district’s schools have been recognized by Newsweek and other nationwide publications for their excellence. In addition, Liberty Corner School earned a Blue Ribbon award in 2015. 

Millburn Township Public Schools (#4) is another system making good on New Jersey’s reputation for excellent public schooling, with numerous honors under its belt.

Closing out New Jersey’s top five is Princeton Public Schools, a district of six schools serving youngsters from Princeton, NJ. In 2017, PPS’s Littlebrook Elementary became another New Jersey school to earn Blue Ribbon recognition.

Top School Districts in New Jersey, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
2Tenafly Public SchoolsNew Jersey
3Bernards Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
4Millburn Township SchoolsNew Jersey
5Princeton Public SchoolsNew Jersey
6Ridgewood Public SchoolsNew Jersey
7The School District Of The ChathamsNew Jersey
8Mountain Lakes Board Of EducationNew Jersey
9Glen Rock Public School DistrictNew Jersey
10Montgomery Township School DistrictNew Jersey
11Livingston Public SchoolsNew Jersey
12Edison Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
13Madison Public SchoolsNew Jersey
14River Dell Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
15New Providence Board Of EducationNew Jersey
16Westfield Public SchoolsNew Jersey
17Haddonfield Board Of EducationNew Jersey
18Cresskill Public School DistrictNew Jersey
19Berkeley Heights Public SchoolsNew Jersey
20Montville Township School DistrictNew Jersey
21Kinnelon Board Of EducationNew Jersey
22Summit Public SchoolsNew Jersey
23Mahwah Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
24Robbinsville Public SchoolsNew Jersey
25South Brunswick School DistrictNew Jersey
26Somerset Hills Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
27Scotch Plains-Fanwood School DistrictNew Jersey
28Holmdel Township School DistrictNew Jersey
29Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
30Ramsey Public SchoolsNew Jersey
31Mount Olive Township School DistrictNew Jersey
32Hopewell Valley Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
33Hillsborough Township Public School DistrictNew Jersey
34Park Ridge Public SchoolsNew Jersey
35Glen Ridge Public SchoolsNew Jersey
36Cranford Public School DistrictNew Jersey
37Randolph Township SchoolsNew Jersey
38Pequannock Township School DistrictNew Jersey
39Fort Lee Public SchoolsNew Jersey
40East Brunswick Public SchoolsNew Jersey
41Parsippany-Troy Hills Township SchoolsNew Jersey
42Emerson Public SchoolsNew Jersey
43Waldwick School DistrictNew Jersey
44Moorestown Township Public School DistrictNew Jersey
45Fair Lawn Public SchoolsNew Jersey
46Leonia Public SchoolsNew Jersey
47South Orange-Maplewood School DistrictNew Jersey
48Verona Public SchoolsNew Jersey
49Haddon Heights Public SchoolsNew Jersey
50Westwood Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
51Paramus Public SchoolsNew Jersey
52Wall Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
53Metuchen Public SchoolsNew Jersey
54Monroe Township Board Of EducationNew Jersey
55Montclair Public SchoolsNew Jersey
56Dumont Board Of EducationNew Jersey
57West Essex Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
58Clearview Regional High School DistrictNew Jersey
59Caldwell-West Caldwell Public SchoolsNew Jersey
60Cherry Hill Public SchoolsNew Jersey
61Highland Park Board Of EducationNew Jersey
62Kingsway Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
63Piscataway Township SchoolsNew Jersey
64Henry Hudson Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
65Wayne Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
66Rutherford Public SchoolsNew Jersey
67Clark Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
68Southern Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
69Upper Freehold Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
70Midland Park Public SchoolsNew Jersey
71Middletown Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
72Sparta Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
73East Windsor Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
74Manasquan School DistrictNew Jersey
75Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
76Morris School DistrictNew Jersey
77Springfield Public SchoolsNew Jersey
78Weehawken Board Of EducationNew Jersey
79Jackson Township School DistrictNew Jersey
80Boonton Town School DistrictNew Jersey
81Jefferson TownshipNew Jersey
82Point Pleasant Borough Board Of EducationNew Jersey
83Cedar Grove Township School DistrictNew Jersey
84Northern Burlington County Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
85Spotswood Public SchoolsNew Jersey
86Point Pleasant Beach Board Of EducationNew Jersey
87Roxbury Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
88Hasbrouck Heights Board Of EducationNew Jersey
89Lawrence Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
90Middlesex Borough Public SchoolsNew Jersey
91Woodbridge Township School DistrictNew Jersey
92Bergenfield Borough School DistrictNew Jersey
93Old Bridge Township School DistrictNew Jersey
94Bordentown RegionalNew Jersey
95Hackettstown Public SchoolsNew Jersey
96Delsea Regional High School DistrictNew Jersey
97Ridgefield Park TownshipNew Jersey
98Washington Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
99Plumsted Township Board Of EducationNew Jersey
100Nutley Public School DistrictNew Jersey


The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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