River Dell High School has made it to Newsweek's ranking of top high schools in the country. River Dell placed 819 out of more than 26,407 high schools nationwide. With factors that included high Advanced Placement test scores, a 94 percent graduation rate and an average SAT score of 1643, River Dell placed tenth among Bergen County High Schools.
"I attribute this to a strong relationship between the school, the home and the community," Superintendent Patrick Fletcher said in response to the ranking.
"We are blessed with a Board, administration and faculty who care about kids, parents who support a well-rounded education and a community that values the resource that the schools are."
One of Fletcher's goals when he took the helm of the River Dell school system was to increase overall student performance. In order to achieve this, he and the Board made a commitment to examine programs for effectiveness, invest in the teaching staff and focus on technology.
It is Fletcher's philosophy that to have effective students a district must provide them with effective, well-trained teachers, usable technology and a robust infrastructure to support it.
"It's those investments that districts need to make in order to stay competitive," he said.
And the results, he says, are shown in rankings such as Newsweek's that places River Dell in the top ten of Bergen County's best high schools.
The nine Bergen County High Schools that ranked ahead of River Dell are:
- Glen Rock - 218
- Tenafly - 253
- Pascack Hills - 345
- Northern Valley - 351
- Cresskill - 361
- Ridgewood - 363
- Mahwah - 615
- Paramus - 705
- Ramsey - 805