Do you know that Piscataway High School, East Brunswick and West Winsor were 3 high school orchestra won #1 in the music festival in South Brunswick High School, I attended last year. Did you know East Brunswick High School won #1 in NJ Science League Competition on Biology in 2007? Well, both West Winsor and Piscataway were also very top. My son got the plaque at Piscataway High whose first NJ Science League Competition on Physics in 2007 won #1 over hundreds of all other high schools in NJ, including East Brunswick and West Windsor.
Now, I chose to live at Piscataway because of commute to NYC is easier, Edison Train Stn has express train to Midtown for only 40 minutes. That implies MORE time for me to spend with my kids. I would say if you working at Philadelphia, you want to go to West Windsor, if you work at Holmdel or Middletown, you want to go to East Brunswick. If you work at NYC, you may want to live at Piscataway or Edison.
Oh! forget about Edison's JP Steven High, they got #1 in NJ Science League Competition on Chemistry, so you can also consider Edison, in addition to Piscataway, if you working in NYC.
Keep in mind, you must be very smart, but if you exhaust in long commute, you make your kids in "disadvantage" in competition. When my kids competed in NJ Science League on Biology, Chemistry and Physics, he won over all the teams from JP Stevens (e.g. he got 184 on Physics, JPS only 124, Bridgewater only 120), East Brunswick and West Windsor.
I went to beat up principals of 10 schools at Piscataway a lot for many years, and now Piscataway is GREAT! You may come to join Piscataway Experience tomorrow night to see for yourself ... http://cnj.craigslist.org/rfs/526371229.html
Oh! forgot to mention, for FBLA business competition in 2007, Piscataway High won over all three JP Stevens, East Brunswick, and West Windsor Hights. 10 students got #1 on various of activities, and my son's business plan won over 40 states' #1 and step into Final in Chicago National Competition, and eventually got the plaque back. His partner's sister also graduated from Piscataway HS and went to Hardvard Univ. His another friend got full score in SAT and won full scholarship from Rutgers Univ, and may go to Columbia Univ. Another black kid, ranked about 20's at PHS already got admission to Stanford Univ. Yet another black kid down the street going to Georgetown whose sister went to Princeton Univ. (I mentioned race because many people thought only Chinese or Indian did well in academic, which is NOT true in Piscataway High School.) Piscataway High School is emerging star.
Oh! Another one, my son just won the medal back from today's Science Olympiad at Princeton Univ, competing with schools from Montgomery, West Windsor, East Brunswick, JP Stevens ...etc. and two other his team also won the medals back.
So, do NOT compare with the "average" scores, compare with the TOP students and cut down your commute and give your kids more support, same as your school district.