By Jeanette Rundquist/The Star-Ledger
FREEHOLD — Biotechnology High School — part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District — has been named one of the top ten public high schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The life science- and research-focused school, one of five specialized career academies offered by the Monmouth County vocational district, was also cited in the ranking last year. It jumped up nine slots on the list this year, to land in eighth place.
The top-ranked public high school in the country is Schools for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Tx., according to the news magazine.
Biotechnology High School, with about 320 students, is a life science research-focused school, with competitive admission, said Principal Linda Eno. Graduates typically head to Rutgers, Johns Hopkins University, various technical institutes, and about 13-14 percent of students per year are accepted by Ivy League schools, she said.
About 60 percent of the school’s grads aim for careers in the health sciences, while many others plan to enter toward biomedical engineering.
Students there today were “proud to be recognized,” she said.
Eno said she believes the school rose from 17th, to 8th, on the strength of students’ passage rate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Last year, 96 percent of students passed.
“They work very hard, so recognition of this caliber is an opportunity for them to know somebody else sees how hard they’re working,” Eno said.
The U.S. News & World Report each year releases prestigious rankings of schools and colleges.
“The importance of a strong high school education cannot be overstated,” the article says.