Mount Olive High School is among the best public high schools in New Jersey and the top 500 in the nation, according to a ranking by Newsweek magazine. Of more than 650 N.J. public high schools, MOHS was ranked 50th. It ranked 482nd of the nearly 16,000 public high schools in the U.S.
Newsweek examined a number of different statistics to formulate its rankings, including academic achievement in mathematics and reading/language arts, SAT/ACT scores, graduation rate, AP enrollment, and ratio of counselors to students.
“The high ranking is quite an honor,” said Dr. Larrie Reynolds, superintendent of schools. “It gives testimony to what I see every day: that the students at Mount Olive High School are some of the best prepared and most talented students anywhere. The dedication and hard work of the principal, faculty, staff, and of course students pay off in big ways. They deserve hearty congratulations.”
In 2015, U.S. News and World Report recognized MOHS as a top high school.
The high ranking by Newsweek comes on the heels of MOHS standardized test data recently released by the New Jersey Department of Education that shows high levels of student performance. MOHS test scores were significantly higher on 2016 PARCC exams compared to last year and significantly higher than the state averages.
For example in 11th grade, the final year in which students are tested, the 2016 MOHS average score was 92% higher than the state average in math; the MOHS average score was 55% higher than the state average in language arts.