We’re known for having great schools in New Jersey. It’s just that some are better than others. So you may be wondering which schools are considered best of the best?

According to Patch, the New Jersey Department of Education just dropped the school performance reports, and I’ve got an important scoop on the educational scene.

They looked into report cards, which, of course, tell part of the story of each school's performance, complete with scores and ratings that tell us how they're holding up against their peers.

It's a serious business, and the middle schools are in the spotlight, with the scores based on everything from absenteeism to standardized test scores.


Now, here’s the school that showed itself to be a standout.

Explore Middle School. It's not just any school, it's the only career and technical middle school in the entire state and it snagged the number one spot.

Diving into the world of Explore Middle School (Hudson Co. Schools of Technology SD) their website makes it sound like it’s a real academic adventure.

Their curriculum isn't your run-of-the-mill. It's all about “thematic units” that blend different subjects, hit those standards, and get students hands-on.

We're not just talking core subjects here. They're throwing in career and technical studies, character development, team building, everything that makes kids not just good students, but good humans.

In this diverse community, students aren't just hitting the books. They're becoming self-directed learners, tackling traditional classes and diving into career technical education.

It's not just about the grades. Explore Middle School is molding character, shaping problem-solving skills, and preparing these students for the real world.

So there you have it, a glimpse into the academic wonder that is Explore Middle School. They're not just hitting the books, they're shaping futures.

These are the best NJ high schools for sports

Stacker put together a list of the best high schools for sports across New Jersey — using data from Niche that included sports championships, family surveys, student enrollment, athletic participation rate and sports options. Here's the top 25.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

The 30 best rated schools in New Jersey

Here are the top 30 schools statewide, based on their 2021-2022 New Jersey School Performance Reports — involving scores for language arts, math and attendance. (For an explanation of how the state calculates the "accountability indicator scores" and overall rating for each school, see page 90 of this reference guide.)

Gallery Credit: Erin Vogt

Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Judi Franco only.

You can now listen to Dennis & Judi — On Demand! Hear New Jersey’s favorite best friends anytime, anywhere and any day of the week. Download the Dennis & Judi show wherever you get podcasts, on our free app, or listen right now.

Report a correction 👈 | 👉 Contact our newsroom

More From New Jersey 101.5 FM