In many ways, the Digital Age has made searching for your Dream Home a much simpler process. Many websites have compiled listings which you can scroll through, filter by personal preference, and at the click of a button get in contact with an agent to help you (such as our website!). However, all this information can also be a burden if you don’t know how to use it. More often than not, the Home Search process boils down into the same age-old mantra: “Location, Location, Location!” People want to live near their family, their jobs, and now more than ever they want to live near good schools. Every good parent wants their children to be successful and knows that success begins with a strong education. Luckily, New Jersey has some of the Best Schools in the Nation; it’s just a matter of finding the best place to look for homes there.

Every year, USNews releases a ranking of every school in the Nation based on a variety of metrics including SAT scores, graduation rates, student participation in activities, and many other categories. In the interest of finding the best schools in Monmouth County, New Jersey, we will start at the top of that list.

1. High Technology High School
     Lincroft, NJ

High Technology High School (High Tech) enjoys its Gold level ranking not only as the #1 High School in New Jersey but also as the #1 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) school in the Nation and the #16 Overall Ranked High School in the Nation. Statistics show that every student at High Tech takes at least one AP test during their time there, and of all the AP exams taken the school has a 100% pass rate. The school is extremely diverse, with 53% of current students identifying as minorities; and has a 100/100 score on the college readiness index. The average SAT score this year was a 1510/1600, and average ACT score comes in at 34/36.

For more information, view the full report here.

High Tech belongs to the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD), a program consisting of 7 total schools which any student in Monmouth County, NJ is invited to apply for and attend. Of those 7 schools, 5 make the Top 100 ranking of New Jersey Schools. In the interest of finding the best district in New Jersey, let’s explore those other schools now.

2. Marine Academy of Science and Technology
     Highlands, NJ

The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) comes in as #9 High School in New Jersey earning a Gold level ranking as well as being the #111 STEM High School in the Nation and #206 in the National Rankings. MAST focuses on studies of the marine nature, and students are able to take guided trips out on boats for hands-on learning experiences. MAST also hosts a thriving JROTC program. Of the students who take AP tests, which are optional, 100% pass. The average SAT score is 1320, and an average ACT score of 31. MAST earned a 70.6 on the college readiness index.

For more information, view the full report here.

3. Academy of Allied Health and Science
     Neptune, NJ

Coming in next in the rankings at #16 is the Academy of Allied Health and Science (Allied). Allied specializes in preparing students for medical disciplines with courses on anatomy, opportunities for rotations in hospitals, and shadowing doctors. Allied earned themselves a Gold level ranking and is considered the #16 STEM school in the Nation. Over half of students take AP tests, and of them, 100% earn passing grades. The average SAT score is a 1360 and average ACT score is 31.

For more information, view the full report here.

4. Communications High School
     Wall, NJ

At #34 in New Jersey is Communications High School (CHS), a high school specializing in digital media and the arts. This year they earned a Silver medal ranking, likely due to the fact that roughly half of the students go on to take AP exams and of them, 95% received passing grades. With an average SAT score of 1350 and an ACT score of 31; students at CHS are high achievers who often get internships with media companies during their senior year.

For more information, view the full report here.  

5. Biotechnology High School
     Freehold, NJ

The last of the MCVSD schools, coming in as #81 school in New Jersey is Biotechnology High School (BTHS). While they received a bronze rating from USNews, they are also considered to be the #4 STEM school in New Jersey as well as #6 in the New Jersey college readiness ratings. Their average SAT score is 1440, and their ACT a 33. BTHS focuses on hands-on experience in bio/medical technology, offering lab courses every semester. Instead of AP courses, students take IB (International Baccalaureate) courses which are designed to provide a more balanced education including the arts and sciences together.

For more information, view the full report here.  

As you can see, this school district includes a number of very promising schools; the best part, every town in Monmouth County has the opportunity to send students to these great schools. Naturally, we would love to help if you are looking for houses in/near Marlboro area which remains very desirable due to its bus and train commuting opportunities to NYC, great shopping opportunities, nearby Costco, and a half-hour drive to the beautiful Jersey Shore!