Last year, we were ranked the #1 public high school in the country by Newsweek in their annual list of Best Public High Schools – we were ranked #13 including all schools in the country (private/charter etc). The paragraphs below are from Dr. Christine Burton, the Superintendent of Schools, explaining why we are not on the list this year. Last year, we were ranked the #1 public middle school in the country, and had the top 3 ranked public elementary schools in the country (by Niche.com)!
“We recognize that members of the Millburn community were surprised that Millburn High School was not included in Newsweek’s annual list of Best Public High Schools that was released today.
We were also surprised by the omission, and were able to reach out to Newsweek to ascertain that, although Millburn High School was invited to participate in this year’s survey, the email invitation and application sent by Newsweek never reached us. We have enhanced our email security in recent months, and unfortunately the message went to a spam folder via the district’s robust filtering program. As a result the high school did not submit the application. (Newsweek has been whitelisted for the future.) We do understand there are other New Jersey high schools (Princeton, West Windsor, Tenafly, Mountain Lakes, New Providence….) that were in the rankings in prior years but are also among the missing this year.
After reviewing our data and criteria in comparison to the high schools on the list, we are confident that we would have ranked as high as always. While high rankings in published lists are always a nice affirmation of the school district’s achievements, we view them as just one of many things that make our district great. We are proud of the numerous accomplishments of our students, teachers and administrators every day and every year.”
Dr. Christine Burton
Superintendent of Schools