TRENTON — Drugs and bullying are on the rise in New Jersey schools, according to a New Jersey 101.5 review of Department of Education data.

Public and charter schools reported 3,157 drug incidents in the 2016-17 school year, up from 3,010 the year before.

Schools also recorded 6,416 incidents of bullying, up from 5,995 the year before.

There was, however, some positive news in the data released recently as part of the NJ School Performance Reports. Violence, weapons and vandalism incidents held steady or decreased.

Last year, schools recorded 8,245 instances of violence, 16 fewer than the year before. Incidents with weapons increased by 93 for a total of 1,093. And vandalism incidents fell from 1,423 to 1,348.

Violence is defined as assault, criminal threats and extortion, fights (but not minor verbal confrontations or shoving matches), robbery and sexual contact.

Vandalism includes theft or damage to property, pulling a fire alarm or calling in a bomb threat — the kind that were largely reported this year in New Jersey following the school shooting in Florida. Threats for this school year will be counted in next year's data.

Weapons include anything that could cause harm — from a sling shot to an explosive to a firearm. It does not, however, include toy guns.

As New Jersey 101.5 has found in the past, some districts do a more thorough job of reporting incidents than others. Some districts might also over-report incidents such as shoving matches as violence.

In the list below, we show the Top 5 schools in each county with the highest rate of drug/violence/bullying incidents. The rate was calculated by the state as the number of incidents per every 100 enrolled students. (Larger schools might have a higher number of incidents than the schools in this list, but the schools on the list have a higher concentration of incidents for their size.)

You can find detailed NJ Performance School Reports for your school at the Department of Education website.

ATLANTIC

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Atlantic Co VocationalAlternative High010212132
Atlantic CityAtlantic City High43487927
Pleasantville CityPleasantville High13321427
Buena RegionalBuena Regional High161011207
Somers PointJordan Road Elem4022576

BERGEN

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Bergen Special ServiceEmotionally Disturbed72110015
GarfieldGarfield Auxiliary1044013
EnglewoodJanis E. Dismus Middle16001909
Fair LawnThomas Jefferson Middle19042147
Fort LeeFort Lee High161311815

BURLINGTON

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Burlington Spec ServLumberton Campus1602225
Willingboro TwpWillingboro Memorial Middle011579413
Burlington Spec ServAlternative High5600111
WillingboroWillingboro High0444968
PembertonHelen A. Fort/Marcus Newcomb8055467

CAMDEN

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Cherry HillAlternative High2611026
Pine HillPine Hill Middle29016011
CamdenHenry B. Wilson Family0054329
CamdenCamden High0233317
CamdenHarry C. Sharp Elem4021806

CAPE MAY

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Cape May Special ServCape May Co High2224010
WildwoodWildwood High2501108
WildwoodWildwood Middle422328
Middle TwpElem #4831834
Middle TwpMiddle Twp High1831634

CHARTERS

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Newark Educators CharterNewark Educators   Charter10151018
Compass AcademyCompass Academy Charter50120014
New Horizons Comm.New Horizons   Charter00066013
Trenton Stem-To-CivicsStem-To-Civics Charter22427212
Foundation AcademyFoundation Academy Charter13026859

CUMBERLAND

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
BridgetonWest Ave90374513
VinelandWallace Middle41103828
MillvilleMemorial High8623038
VinelandVeterans Memorial Middle6424238
Commercial TwpPort Norris Middle210717

ESSEX

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
City Of OrangeCareer & Innovation Academy2003022
Essex Ed Serv CommEssex High0014014
Essex Ed Serv CommEssex Campus Academy0202010
East OrangeJohnnie L. Cochran Jr. Academy0011006
VeronaVerona High2190505

GLOUCESTER

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
PaulsboroPaulsboro Jr High201617
PitmanPitman Middle1101606
WashingtonChestnut Ridge Midle12042316
WoodburyWoodbury Jr-Sr High7591905
MonroeWilliamstown High193292865

HUDSON

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
KearnyKearny High62464515
HobokenHoboken High2100113
GuttenbergAnna L. Klein16211553
Jersey CityInnovation High221303
KearnyLincoln Middle3522003

HUNTERDON

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Hunterdon Ed Ser CommWest Amwell00027153
FranklinFranklin Township1200305
South Hunterdon RegionalSouth Hunterdon High472604
Clinton TwpClinton Twp Middle700814
High BridgeHigh Bridge Middle401113

MERCER

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
TrentonJoyce Kilmer Middle10749314
HamiltonRichard C Crockett Middle21224318
TrentonLuis Munoz-Rivera Ms1123228
Mercer Special ServiceMercer High0012008
HamiltonLalor Elem900707

MIDDLESEX

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Highland ParkHighland Park Middle52423010
Highland ParkBartle Elem5012106
New BrunswickNew Brunswick Middle38232705
CarteretColumbus Elem3012905
Middlesex VocationalEast Bruns.650215

MONMOUTH

DistrictSchoolBullDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Monmouth-Ocean Ed SerRegional Alternative0905136
KeansburgJoseph R. Bolger Middle70134110
Asbury ParkAsbury Park High16413410
Asbury ParkMLK Middle8121708
KeansburgKeansburg High4321728

MORRIS

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Roxbury TwpNixon Elem1001114
MorrisMorristown High143441724
Butler BoroButler High4113204
MadisonMadison Junior1401904
The ChathamsChatham Middle19021403

OCEAN

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
BarnegatBarnegat High111711925
Pinelands RegionalPinelands Regional Jr High44101905
ManchesterWhiting Elem202624
Toms River RegionalToms River High South31842824
BrickBrick Memorial High51453834

PASSAIC

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Clifton#11191031011
PatersonAlternative High0162408
Clifton#156001537
PatersonArchitecture & Construction3182805
CliftonColumbus Middle25002544

SALEM

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Salem Special ServiceDaretown0015014
Salem CitySalem Middle0011545
Pittsgrove TwpPittsgrove Middle1303405
Salem Special ServiceAlternative Middle & High100015
Woodstown-Pilesgrove RegWoodstown Middle0001014

SOMERSET

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Somerset Ed ServThe Career Center00060200
Somerset Ed ServSecondary Academy02127034
Somerset Co Ed ServElem Academy00112026
Bound BrookCommunity Middle23305113
Bound BrookBound Brook High2841627

SUSSEX

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Sussex Ed ServNorthern Hills Academy0013210
NewtonHalsted Middle6001205
HardystonHardyston Township Middle1300004
ByramByram Intermediate1200013
HopatcongHopatcong High620302

UNION

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Union Ed ServLamberts Mill Academy2104217
Union Ed ServHillcrest Academy-South0604716
Union Ed ServHillcrest Academy-North220106
RoselleGrace Wilday Junior High1500705
Berkeley HeightsColumbia Middle2601105

WARREN

DistrictSchoolBullyDrugsVandl.Viol.Weap.Rate
Great Meadows RegionalRegional Middle2001108
LopatcongLopatcong Middle2500017
BelvidereBelvidere High4301314
Franklin TwpFranklin Township900004
Warren Special ServiceWarren Special Services000104

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email sergio.bichao@townsquaremedia.com.