Ridgewood and Other Top School Districts in Bergen County, New Jersey

Posted by Tarvin Realtors on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 2:50pm.

Five school districts in Bergen County, NJ received A+ grades, according to newly released 2018 rankings from Niche.com. In fact, Bergen County schools as a whole received extremely high rankings, with over a dozen other school districts boasting either A or A- grades. Most residents of Ridgewood and its surrounding Bergen County towns are happy with the local schools, and the data compiled by the data analysis website confirms the standard of excellence achieved by these schools districts. This is, of course, a big reason why the area is known for being extremely popular among families with kids, with the amount of family-friendly homes in Ridgewood and the entire Bergen County real estate market reflecting that.

To determine the latest rankings and letter grades, Niche examined data from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of school survey responses. Categories such as reading and math proficiency, SAT and other standardized test scores, diversity, student-teacher ratio, and expenses per student were all taken into account. Let's take a look at the five Bergen County school districts that received the highest possible grade from Niche in their 2018 rankings:


The six public schools in Tenafly ranked extremely high in several academic departments, including reading proficiency and SAT scores. The teachers of Tenfly Public Schools also received excellent ratings and the student-teacher ratio was a very favorable 12:1. When it comes to specific schools, Tenafly High School was rated the fourth best public high school in Bergen County and the school district as a whole was rated as the ninth best in the entire state of New Jersey.

Pascack Valley

The smaller Pascack Valley School District ranked well in a number of departments, most notably in the quantity and quality of clubs, sports, and overall resources offered to students. Niche also ranked Pascack Valley as the third best place to teach in all of New Jersey. Overall, it was ranked as the 12th best school district in the state.


The latest rankings from Niche only confirm Ridgewood's long-standing reputation as a great place to live for those wanting the best education for their children. Ridgewood High School, along with the six elementary schools and two middle schools in area all excelled at academics, with outstanding reading and math proficiency scores. Ridgewood Public Schools are also said to be outstanding at preparing students for college and a wonderful place for teachers to flourish. The school district was ranked 12th in New Jersey and Ridgewood High was ranked as the fifth best public high school in Bergen County.

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Fair Lawn

The nine schools in the Fair Lawn School District are incredibly well reviewed, with specific praise for the positive influence that teachers have had for students, the excellent preparation for college, and access to a wide range of clubs. Students have also commented on the growing diversity within the schools. Overall, this district is ranked 21st in the state, with Fair Lawn High School ranked ninth among public high schools in Bergen County.

Northern Valley

The Northern Valley Regional High School District consists of two high schools that serve students from Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, and Norwood. According to Niche, these two schools excel at preparing students for college and offering extracurricular activities. The teachers in this school district are also very well reviewed. In fact, Niche ranked it as the district with the 11th best teachers in all of New Jersey and the sixth best district to teach in the state. Furthermore, it ranked as the 13th safest school district in New Jersey and the second safest in Bergen County.

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