CRANFORD - Niche, an online ranking system for towns, cities, schools, and more has ranked Cranford as No. 8 on its 2020 “Safest School Districts in New Jersey” list.

According to Niche.com, the 2020 Safest School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents.

Factors Considered:

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Factor Description Source Weight
Parent/Student Surveys on Health & Safety Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding safety in the district. Self-reported by Niche users 50.0%
Expenses per Student Total expenses divided by the total number of students. National Center for Education Statistics 10.0%
Student Absenteeism Percentage of students missing 15 or more days per school year. Civil Rights Data Collection 10.0%
In-School Suspensions Percentage of students receiving at least one in-school suspension. Civil Rights Data Collection 7.5%
Out-of-School Suspensions Percentage of students receiving at least one out-of-school suspension. Civil Rights Data Collection 7.5%
Expulsions Percentage of students expelled from the district. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%
Law Enforcement Referrals Percentage of students referred to law enforcement. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%
School-Related Arrests Percentage of students arrested for a school-related incident. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%

In Niche’s annual rankings of New Jersey public school systems for the 2019-20 academic year, the Cranford School District came in at No. 3 in Union County and No. 23 in the entire state, up from No. 28 last year.

For the district’s full report card, click here.

For more on how Niche determines its rankings, click here.