With 3,350 students, Passaic County Technical Institute has an enrollment that rivals some of the state’s colleges and ranks as the largest high school in New Jersey.
Another 28 New Jersey schools have at least 2,000 students, according to 2021-2022 enrollment data released by the state Department of Education.
Passaic County Technical Institute’s enrollment, which is the only school in that with more than 3,000 students, draws from the entire county, but eight of the top 10 schools for enrollment pull students from a single town.
The median size for high schools with grades 9-12 is 907 students, an NJ Advance Media analysis of state Department of Education data shows. Most of New Jersey’s high schools are 9-12th grades, but some include sixth, seventh or eighth grades, and several are only 10-12.
New Jersey’s top 10 high schools for enrollment:
Editor’s note: K-12 schools were excluded from the top 10 ranking, but are included in the chart below.
10. Monroe Township High School
Number of students: 2,502
9. Vineland Senior High School
Number of students: 2,585
8. Perth Amboy High School
Number of students: 2,604
7. John P. Stevens High School in Edison
Number of students: 2,647
6. Bridgewater-Raritan High School
Number of students: 2,674
5. Old Bridge High School
Number of students: 2,717
4. South Brunswick High School
Number of students: 2,861
3. Clifton High School
Number of students: 2,939
2. Union City High School
Number of students: 2,980
1. Passaic County Technical Institute
Number of students: 3,350
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