PAAAS Named Among the Best High Schools in the US

By US News & World Reports

Plainfield, NJ- April 21, 2020– The Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (PAAAS) was ranked among the best high schools in the United States, according to an announcement released today by U.S. News and World Report. PAAAS ranked 174 among New Jersey’s 551 Secondary Schools.

U.S. News & World Report noted that PAAAS was ranked among the top schools in the country  based on data that reflects how well it serves all students, not just those planning to go to college. According to the report, 52% of the 279 students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses and exams. The total minority enrollment is 99% and 69% of the students are economically disadvantaged.  The school serves students in grades 7-12 and the student-teacher ratio is at 10:1.

Dr. Diana Mitchell, Superintendent of Schools, said, “I am extremely proud of the PAAAS Administration and teachers who take pride in preparing competent, forward-thinking , confident young adults who are committed to life-long learning  -- What an honor for Plainfield Public Schools.”

This is the third time PAAAS is recognized by the U.S. News & World Report. In 2016 PAAAS received a Bronze Medal for its standing among schools nationwide.

Dr. Bento’s statement:

It is with great honor and pride that the PAAAS community celebrates the honor bestowed upon us by US News and World Report; a Best American High School.  This achievement is only possible when a team believes in the school's vision and mission.  This was accomplished through hard work, diligence and a good work ethic by all members of the PAAAS community.It is our hope that our successes continue and that we provide the best educational experience for all of our students.