These are NJ's top 23 high schools, as rated by US News

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Gold, silver or bronze medals were awarded to schools based on their performance on state assessments and college preparedness, according to U.S. News.

The list, published annually, looks at data from more than 20,000 schools focusing on student outcomes with an emphasis on graduation rates and state proficiency tests.

Only two percent of the nation's high schools earn gold medal status, with 11 percent - including Ocean Springs - gaining silver medal recognition.

Stevenson High School in the north suburban of Lincolnshire came in at No. 7, while west suburban Proviso Math and Science Academy came in at No. 8.

The top high schools in IL in 2018 are found in Chicago, according to a new report. It has a graduation rate of more than 95 percent and 32.1 college readiness ranking. As a whole, graduation rates at the web publisher's top-ranked schools are 12 percent higher on average than other schools in the country, according to the report. Top school in all of Upstate NY. The school, which graduated 100-percent of its students in the Class of 2016, collaborates with Contra Costa College to increase its students' exposure to college courses.

In addition to its top spot for the state, Maeser ranked as No. 698 among the nation's public schools.

Amistad Academy in New Haven, Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford, Achievement First Hartford Academy, and the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor, all beat out Ridgefield for the top ranking, respectively.

Barstow High School and Academy of Careers and Exploration in Helendale each earned a bronze level, despite not being ranked.