Mount Olive High School was recently named one of the best high schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The school received a score of 92% and was ranked 61st in New Jersey. The scoring criteria included college readiness, the percentage of students completing AP courses, the graduation rate, and the percentage of students proficient in math and reading. 

Earlier in the year, the school was honored by the College Board for its outstanding AP scores and participation rate. MOHS and the Mount Olive School District as a whole were also recognized with “A” grades from Niche, a website that compiles data to determine the nation's best places to live, work, and learn.

“There are a wide variety of external school rankings from a wide variety of organizations,” said Dr. Robert Zywicki, superintendent of schools. “Because they have different criteria, each individual ranking should always be taken with a grain of salt. However, when examined as a whole, it’s clear that Mount Olive High School and the entire Mount Olive School District provide children with tremendous opportunities and a world class education. The dedication and support of parents, faculty, students, and the community are all to thank.”

Kevin Stansberry has shepherded the school’s curriculum and culture for the past 16 years as principal. Added courses, two major facilities improvement projects, creation of a state-of-the art makerspace, and a diploma program that recognizes students for specialization in certain subject areas are some of the initiatives completed during his tenure that have shaped MOHS into the school it is today.

“It’s really been an incredible journey to be a part of the high school’s evolution,” Mr. Stansberry said. “We’ve performed well on standardized tests and AP exams, but ultimately it’s not about numbers or awards. Mount Olive High School provides a wealth of incredible opportunities and experiences so that all students can explore, find their place in the world, and be successful. Hands-on, minds-on college and career readiness is something our amazing team here prides itself on.”

U.S. News and World Report also honored MOHS last year.

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