Recent Academic Accomplishments of Glen Ridge High School

  1. U.S. News and World Report, widely considered an objective evaluator of educational institutions nationally, has recognized GRHS with a gold medal as a top 15 public high school in New Jersey in 2016.


  2. The test administered by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), is and will be the standardized test in New Jersey for evaluating student, teacher, and school performance in preparing our children for college and career.  In 2016, the first year in which results were calculated and reported, GRHS was the #2 performing public high school in New Jersey on the 2016 PARCC English/Language Section, and was the #3 performing public high school in New Jersey on the 2016 PARCC Math Section.  Our high school has not performed this well in both categories of a New Jersey standardized test (such as NJ ASK) in recent memory.  This is a great credit to our students, as well as our faculty and administration.


  3. GRHS performs exceptionally well on both the ACT (for which data is not yet readily available statewide) and the SAT.  GRHS is among the top 25 public schools in New Jersey in 2016 as to the number of student SAT scores above 1550, and the top 25 as to student average SAT scores.


  4. Through the hard work of then-principal, now Superintendent Dirk Phillips and his staff, GRHS has added a wide variety of advanced placement classes to its curriculum, bringing it in line with the highest performing districts in the state in this department.  And in the early stages of this initiative, our students have performed exceptionally well. Using the barometer that colleges and universities apply when evaluating student performance, 70% of students taking Advanced Placement classes scored 3, 4, or 5 on AP tests.


  5. Finally, when it comes to results for our high school, the proof is in the college placement.  Of the 516 students who graduated between 2013 and 2016, 97 attended colleges and universities that are ranked “Most Selective” National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, and include all of the top 3 national universities in the U.S. (Princeton, Harvard and the University of Chicago); 207 attend schools that are ranked “More Selective,” and 136 attend schools that are ranked “Selective.”  These ranked schools do not even include the 11 fine arts, environmental and technology-specialized colleges our students attended, which include The Julliard School, The Royal Academy of Music, The Berklee College of Music, the California Institute of the Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, or the highly respected non-U.S. schools they attended, such as McGill University, Queen’s University and the University of Twente.  The full list of college placement for 2014-2016 is located on the Board’s website at:

We salute our students and faculty on maintaining Glen Ridge’s tradition of excellence!