Bergenfield High School Ranks Among Top in the Nation by Jay Mathews

Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 1/28/2019

For the seventh year in a row, Bergenfield High School has made the Jay Mathews Challenge Index. Formerly The Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” Jay Mathews’ list ranks the top high schools in the nation. This year’s index places BHS at 824, landing the school in the top 3% in the country and top 1% of high schools, both public and private, in New Jersey.

On the 2018 index, Bergenfield High School continues to steadily move up in rank. BHS rose 274 places from its spot on last year’s national rankings. Bergenfield High School first debuted on the list at number 1624 back in 2012, and has increased 800 places in just 6 years. The high school now ranks 2nd in Bergen County (up from 7th last year) and 36th overall in the state.

According to, “the Challenge Index is the oldest high school ranking system in the country, beginning in 1998 in both Newsweek and The Washington Post. It is the only list that does not rely on test scores, which are more a measure of student family income than school quality. It is also the only list that compares private and public schools.”

Education columnist Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country for 20 years. There are over 2,200 schools on the 2018 Challenge Index, representing about 10% of the nation’s high schools.

In congratulating his staff, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christopher Tully, stated, “I am thrilled to announce that Bergenfield High School continues to be recognized with some of the best schools in America. This type of recognition is only possible because of our hard-working faculty and staff members that strive to help our students reach their potential and beyond. Our students continue to rise to the occasion by meeting and exceeding school goals.”

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