Newsweek's annual list of the top 500 high schools in the country was released this week, and New Jersey is incredibly well-represented.

Nine of the top 25 schools are in the Garden State, three right here in Monmouth County.

Academy of Allied Health and Sciences (Google Maps Street View)

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia took the top spot, with the Academy for Math, Science, and Engineering in Rockaway, New Jersey at number two.

A little further down the list were the Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune (#12), Biotechnology High School in Freehold (#14), and High Technology High School in Lincroft (#20).

Just out of the top 25 was Communications High School in Wall (#27.)

The rankings are based on their 'college readiness score,' which is created using data like graduation rates, number of students taking tests like the SAT/ACT, college enrollment rates, average SAT/ACT test scores, number of students enrolled in Advances Placement (AP) classes, and other factors, outlined HERE.

For the complete list of Newsweek's 2016's top schools, click HERE.