The Manahawkin-based high school received an "A", with an average SAT score of 1480, a 3.2 percent increase from 2008. The median price of a home in the district is $369,400, the study on NJ.com. found.
Barnegat High School was not far behind, with a "B" grade and an average SAT score of 1438, an 8.2 percent increase from 2008. The median price of a home in the Barnegat district is $272,200, according to the assessment.
Both Southern Ocean County school districts did far better than neighboring Lacey Township, which received a "D" grade in the study.
Inside Jersey’s public high school ratings used a new formula in 2013, and compared results during a four-year period rather than one year, to look for student achievement trends, according to the study.
The study used data from the state Department of Education, including High School Proficiency Assessment scores in language arts and math and SAT scores.
"The results separate the best schools from the worst using the same four letter grades your children see scrawled across their assignments — A, B, C and D," the study states.
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The report noted that schools with "D" grades showed "below average scores, below average growth."
Scores for Ocean County high schools as a whole were mixed. Both Brick Township high schools, as well as Manchester High School, New Egypt High School, Pinelands Regional High School and Lakewood High School also received "D" grades.
Central Regional High School in Berkeley Township received a "C" grade. Central Regional had SAT scores of 1373, up 6.9 percent from 2008. Central has a median home price of $204,300.
"C" grades indicate a school showed growth in the last year, the study states.