Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District Listed No. 29 in 2018 Niche Rankings

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Park Middle School Credits: John Mooney
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Dr. Sasha Slocum, principal of McGinn School, introduces the kindergarten teachers to parents. Credits: John Mooney

NEW JERSEY – Real estate website has come out with its 2018 rankings of the “Best School Districts in New Jersey” with Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District identified as No. 29 in the state, up from No. 32 in 2017.

SPFK12 has eight total schools (five elementary, two middle schools, one high school) and a total of 5,718 students. Scotch Plains-Fanwood received an overall A grade. The ratings are based on the following (with the SPFK12 grade from indicated):

  • Academics: A     
  • Diversity: B-
  • Teachers: A+
  • College Prep: A+
  • Clubs & Activities: A-
  • Health & Safety: A
  • Administration: A-
  • Sports: A
  • Food: B
  • Resources & Facilities: B

Other contributing factors in the ranking of SPFK12:

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  • Expenses per Student: $16,282 (national average: $12,239)
  • Student-Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Reading Proficiency: 74%
  • Math Proficiency: 61%
  • Average Graduation Rate (% of 12th graders who graduate): 98%
  • Average SAT score out of 1600 (as reported by Niche users): 1220
  • Average ACT score out of 36 (as reported by Niche users): 28

Based on feedback from Niche users from the school district, SPFHS students are most interested in attending the following colleges:

  • Rutgers
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Montclair State
  • Penn State
  • University of Delaware
  • Boston University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern
  • University of Maryland - College Park
  • Princeton

Summit (No. 5) was the top district in Union County, followed by Berkeley Heights (No. 25), Westfield (No. 26), Scotch Plains-Fanwood (No. 29), New Providence (No. 35), Cranford (No. 40), Springfield (No. 74), Roselle Park (No. 93) among the top 100 school districts in the Garden State.

The Princeton Public School District, with an overall grade of A+, was selected as the top one in the state. Princeton has six total schools and 3,390 students. Also in the top ten were: Millburn, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, Livingston, Summit, Chatham, Bernards Township, Montgomery Township, Tenafly, and West Essex Regional School District (North Caldwell).

The 2018 Best School Districts ranking is based on analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include: state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Read more on how this ranking was calculated. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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