In my opinion I believe you first need to assess your purpose. Is it your children or for equity growth? If it is for the children then you must assess your childs ability to learn and their personality i.e. I live in West Windsor and the top School districts in Central Jersey are as follows:
1.) West Windsor - Plainsboro (Mercer and S. Middlesex County townships share this school district)
4.) Hopewell TWP (Mercer County)
5.) Washington Twp (Mercer County)
Consistently they are on top of the charts. In 2004 the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District was rated #1 in New Jersey. We have a lot of Type-A personality families, large Asian, Indian, Jewish & Italian demographics, with @60% with 1 stay at home parent, $143k as the median household income (last years number), and a very active PTSA in all the schools. Our schools are focused in acedemics and are balanced with the arts, sports, 4-6 language classes, community envolvement programs and so much more.
The other 4 districts I mentioned have very similar programs and are all public schools I am referring. Private schools are a different story but let me help you.
There are community reports and comparison tools online where you can compare these top districts with each other and others in the state. Below you will find a link to the community tools on my website. Play around with them and use the USPS.Com site to find the right Zip codes to the areas you think you may have interest. Then plan an area tour with a realtor to get familiar with what each has to offer you.
The link below should take you to the SCHOOL REPORT... REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR ZIP CODES
I look forward to hearing from you.
Prudential Fox & Roach.com
Here's a quick link for all schools in NJ put out by the NJ State Dept of Education, http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc08/index.html
Also, New Jersey Monthly magazine put out a report of the top High Schools in New Jersey a few months back.. http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/highschoolra
Not only do these links offer valuable information, but it can lead to bragging rights also!
I hope these links have helped you, If you have any further question please don't hesitate to contact me.. Thank You,
Century 21 Rauh & Johns
THE Number 1 Century 21 Office in ALL New Jersey!!
Washington Twp (Gloucester County)
as well as: the local board of education: http://www.jcboe.org/