Middlesex County Career Academies Top National, State Rankings

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison has been singled out as one of the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth consecutive year.

The Edison Academy once again received Bronze Medal honors in the magazine’s ranking of the nation’s best public high schools for 2012, which evaluated 21,776 schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia, using state proficiency standards, preparation of students for college and other data from the 2009-2010 school year.

In addition, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked the Edison Academy fourth in New Jersey in its first survey of the state’s vocational high schools.

The Edison Academy and another school in the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools District, the Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge, were ranked first and second among all Middlesex County public high schools by Inside Jersey magazine, a publication of the Star-Ledger. The Woodbridge Academy graduated its first four-year class in June.

“My freeholder colleagues and I are so incredibly proud of the administration, faculty, staff, and of course, the students of our academies,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the county’s Business Development and Education Committee. “It is quite apparent that these schools have found a successful formula for providing Middlesex County’s students top-quality, state-of-the-art education that helps them attain their goals.”

The Edison and Woodbridge schools are career academies designed for students with strong academic skills who plan to pursue a college education. They provide a challenging curriculum in a technology infused, structured learning environment.

“It is always an honor for our school district to be recognized for the success and outstanding achievement of our students, teachers and staff,” said MCVTS Board of Education President John F. Bicsko Jr.

Superintendent of Schools Brian J. Loughlin said the rankings “validate the rigor of our curriculum and the effectiveness of the academy model for high-performing, career-focused students.”

“The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders has always and will continue to be steadfast in its commitment to offering the best educational opportunities possible,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “We applaud the innovation and ingenuity displayed daily in our schools and congratulate our students and staff for this fantastic achievement.”

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