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Washington Post's 'America's Most Challenging High Schools'

For the sixth year in a row, Bergenfield High School has made the Washington Post’s prestigious list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”  This year’s ranking places BHS at 1098 in the nation, landing the school in the top 5% in the nation and top 4% of high schools, both public and private, in New Jersey.

On the 2017 list, which was released at, Bergenfield High School continues to steadily move up in rank.  Bergenfield High School rose from number 1624 in 2012, to its current rank of 1098 in 2017.  The high school now ranks 7th in Bergen County and 46th overall in the state.
According to, “America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.” The Washington Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 19 years. There are 2,369 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2017 list, representing more than 10% of the nation’s high schools. Noted in the national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies—a common benchmark for poverty—and each school’s average SAT score.
In congratulating his staff, Interim Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Christopher Tully, stated, “I am extremely happy to learn about our improvement in this year’s rankings.  It is a direct tribute to the hard work that our staff and administration put in each and every day.  They come to work each day with both a hunger and passion to motivate our students to reach higher.  Our students continue to shine and set higher goals.  Our district will continue to identify additional areas for improvement so that we can continue to offer rigorous programs for all of our students.”