EDISON — Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report with gold-medal status as one of the Top 500 public high schools in the United States, ranking sixth among New Jersey public high schools.
A second school in the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge, was awarded bronze-medal status for the first time.
“This national recognition is a tribute to the faculty, staff and students of the academies,” Superintendent of Schools Brian J. Loughlin said. “And it acknowledges the commitment of the freeholders and the people of Middlesex County to support career and technical education.”
The U.S. News rankings are based on a survey of 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Just 2 percent of the schools surveyed received gold medals, while just 13 percent were awarded bronze medals.
Thirty-two New Jersey schools received gold-medal ranking based on college readiness of the student bodies.
The Edison Academy had received a bronze medal in four previous surveys. Its ranking this year placed it 146th in the nation.
“It’s a fantastic accolade,” said Dr. Linda Russo, the principal. “This will give our students added recognition with colleges. It’s good news.”
The Woodbridge Academy, in its fifth year of existence, will graduate its second class in June. U.S. News awards the bronze medal on the basis of student performance on state proficiency exams.
“For a young school, it’s a great start,” Principal Alex Guzmán said. “We’ve established a base line – a standard – for what we want. I know we are going to get stronger.”
“It is encouraging to see that the Edison Academy moved up to gold and that our Woodbridge Academy received bronze for the first time,” Loughlin added.
Another MCVTS school, Perth Amboy Vo-Tech, was named a national Blue Ribbon School for 2012 in recognition of its progress in student achievement. 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 the Woodbridge Academy were ranked first and second among all Middlesex County public high schools by Inside Jersey magazine, a publication of the Star-Ledger.
The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first vocational school district in the nation, has seven schools on five campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. The district will mark its centennial in 2014.
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