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Bergen High Schools Rank Among Washington Post's Most Challenging In U.S.

Students work on their laptops during a "virtual day" at Northern Valley Regional High School Demarest.
Students work on their laptops during a "virtual day" at Northern Valley Regional High School Demarest. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser

Twenty-seven high schools in Bergen County made the Washington Post's list of America’s most challenging.

Glen Rock High School, at No. 18, ranked highest in New Jersey on the national newspaper's list of America's Most Challenging High Schools -- up from No. 34 last year. Overall, GRHS finished 728th in the country.

Each score was based on "the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year," the Post reported. "A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates."

In all, 2,302 high schools across the United States made the cut. New Jersey had 160.

CLICK HERE for the complete list, broken out nationally and by state, along with more in-depth information.

Glen Rock High School led Bergen County with an index of 2.963.

Close behind, Cresskill High School finished 21st in New Jersey, with an index of 2.887.

Ridgewood High School (2.583) and the Bergen Arts and Sciences Charter High School in Hackensack (2.491) finished at 31 and 32, respectively, in the Garden State.

They were followed in New Jersey by Tenafly High School, at No. 35, Bergenfield and Leonia High Schools, at 38 and 39, respectively; and Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes at No. 40.

The remainder of those listed in New Jersey's Top 100:

59: Northern Highlands Regional HS in Allendale;

63: Dumont High School;

64: Northern Valley Regional High School -- Demarest;

69: Fort Lee High School;

71: Midland Park High School;

73: Mahwah High School;

78: Fair Lawn High School;

86: Indian Hills High School;

88: Northern Valley Regional High School -- Old Tappan;

91: Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale;

97: Ramsey High School

Out of the more than 2,300 schools that made the list nationwide, four from Bergen cracked the top 1,000:

728: Glen Rock HS;

772: Cresskill HS;

939: Ridgewood HS;

995: Bergen Arts and Sciences Charter HS, Hackensack

How the rest of those that made the list from Bergen ranked nationwide:

1,109: Leonia HS;

1,102: Bergenfield HS;

1,110: Ramapo HS, Franklin Lakes;

1,034: Tenafly HS

1,352: Pascack Hills HS, Montvale;

1,428: Northern Highlands Regional, Allendale;

1,474: Dumont HS;

1,489: Northern Valley Regional - Demarest;

1,536: Fort Lee HS;

1,559: Midland Park HS;

1,651: Fair Lawn HS;

1,674: Mahwah HS

1,725: Indian Hills HS, Oakland;

1,746: Northern Valley Regional - Old Tappan;

1,780: Pascack Valley HS;

1,824: Ramsey HS;

1,844: Waldwick HS;

1,873: Westwood Regional HS, Washington Township;

1,936: Park Ridge HS;

1,954: Paramus HS

2,092: River Dell HS, Oradell;

2,096: Emerson HS;

2,139: Palisades Park HS

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