CRANFORD – In national educational research and rankings firm Niche.com’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.

According to figures reported by Niche.com, the Cranford School District has 3,802 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 60 percent of students are at least proficient in math and 76 percent in reading. Cranford received the following grades from Niche.com:


Overall Niche Grade: A+
Academics: A+
Teachers: A+
College Prep: A+
Health & Safety: A+
Clubs & Activities: A
Administration: A
Sports: A
Food: A+
Diversity: C
Resources & Facilities: B+

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New Jersey’s top five school districts were Princeton, Millburn, Livingston, Summit, and Tenafly. The top five school districts in Union County were Summit, Westfield, Cranford, New Providence, and Berkeley Heights. To assess the school districts, Niche.com assigns letter grades to eight factors:

 

Factor/Weight

Academics (state assessments, SAT/ACT scores) - 50.0%
    

Teachers (salaries, absenteeism, state test results) - 15.0% 
    

Culture & Diversity (racial and economic diversity) - 10.0%
    

Parent/Student Surveys - 10.0%
    

Health & Safety (absenteeism, suspensions) - 5.0%
    

Resources & Facilities - 5.0%
    

Clubs & Activities - 2.5%
    

Sports (# of sports, participation, facilities) - 2.5%
    

Below is Niche.com’s Top 25 ranking of New Jersey’s School Districts:

    1. Princeton (No. 17 overall)
    2. Millburn Township (No. 20 overall)
    3. Livingston Board of Education (No. 30 overall)
    4. Summit (No. 48 overall)
    5. Tenafly (No. 49 overall)
    6. Northern Valley Regional (No. 55 overall)
    7. Mountain Lakes (No. 71 overall)
    8. Bernards Township (No. 83 overall)
    9. Haddonfield (No. 87 overall)
    10. Montgomery Township (No. 94 overall)
    11. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional
    12. Hopewell Valley Regional
    13. South Brunswick
    14. Westfield
    15. Hillsborough Township
    16. Ridgewood
    17. Fair Lawn
    18. Moorestown Township
    19. Mahwah Township
    20. West Morris Regional
    21. Holmdel Township
    22. Bridgewater-Raritan Regional
    23. Cranford
    24. New Providence
    25. East Brunswick