US News & World Report Ranks RBR One of Best High Schools in Nation
Red Bank Regional (RBR) was recognized as one of the best high schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2016 rankings on April 19, 2016. RBR received silver medal status, ranking in the top 10% of high schools in the nation, or number 1,889 out of 19,908 qualifying for the study. It held the # 57 position out of 422 high schools in New Jersey; 109 made the list in the state.) RBR represents the only other Monmouth County, public, non-magnet-school on the list in addition to Rumson-Fair Haven.
According to the U.S. News and World Report website (http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings), the publication teamed with the social science research firm, RTI International, to produce this year’s rankings. The methodology used was multifaceted and based on key principals, “that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”
The four-step process utilized: (1) reading and math results vis-à-vis other schools in the state; (2) the superior performance of economically-disadvantaged students performance vis-à-vis the same cohort in the state; (3) a minimum graduation rate using information from students enrolled as 9th graders; (4) a college-readiness index based on students enrollment and test results in either Advanced Placement Tests or Internationally Baccalaureate Program (RBR has both.)
RBR Principal Risa Clay states of this esteemed accolade, “Our staff and administration has worked tirelessly over the past decade to provide all our students access to the highest and most challenging course work we offer while providing them the necessary supports to succeed. We are gratified that our efforts are showcased by this accolade as well as the many others that RBR has received.”