NEW JERSEY – In real estate website Niche.com’s annual rankings of New Jersey school systems for the 2019-20 academic year, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District came in sixth in Union County and No. 39 within the state.

In Union County, Summit (No. 4 statewide) was the top district, followed by Westfield (No. 14), Cranford (No. 23), New Providence (No. 24), Berkeley Heights (No. 31), and Scotch Plains-Fanwood (No. 39).

According to figures reported by Niche.com, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood District (SPFK12) has 5,469 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading. SPFK12 received the following grades from Niche.com:

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

New Jersey’s top five school districts were Princeton (No. 17 overall), Millburn (No. 20 overall), Livingston (No. 30 overall), Summit, the top district in Union County (No. 48 overall), and Tenafly (No. 49). To assess the school districts, Niche.com come 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 ranking of New Jersey’s top 100 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 High
  21. Holmdel Township
  22. Bridgewater-Raritan Regional
  23. Cranford
  24. New Providence
  25. East Brunswick Township
  26. North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High
  27. Pascack Valley Regional High
  28. Parsippany-Troy Hills Township
  29. Pompton Lakes
  30. Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High
  31. Berkeley Heights
  32. Ramsey
  33. Montclair
  34. Randolph Township
  35. Glen Rock Board of Education
  36. River Dell Regional
  37. Morris Hills Regional
  38. Edison Township
  39. Scotch Plains-Fanwood
  40. Somerset Hills Regional
  41. West Essex Regional
  42. Glen Ridge
  43. Robbinsville
  44. Sparta Township
  45. Mount Olive Township
  46. Fort Lee
  47. Montville Township
  48. Metuchen
  49. Leonia
  50. Madison
  51. Westwood Regional
  52. Point Pleasant Beach
  53. Lenape Regional High
  54. Old Bridge Township
  55. Upper Freehold Regional
  56. Wayne Township
  57. Kinnelon
  58. Hanover Park Regional High
  59. Paramus
  60. School District of the Chathams
  61. Bergenfield Borough
  62. Dumont
  63. Lawrence Township
  64. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional
  65. Park Ridge
  66. Hasbrouck Heights
  67. Monroe Township
  68. Freehold Regional High
  69. Highland Park
  70. West Orange
  71. Cherry Hill
  72. Rutherford
  73. Cresskill
  74. Ocean City
  75. Somerville
  76. Cinnaminson Township
  77. Piscataway Township
  78. Egg Harbor Township
  79. Point Pleasant Boro
  80. Waldwick
  81. Delsea Regional High
  82. Wall Township
  83. Emerson
  84. South Orange-Maplewood
  85. Secaucus Board of Education
  86. Ridgefield
  87. Clearview Regional High
  88. New Milford
  89. Atlantic County Vocational
  90. Springfield
  91. Midland Park
  92. Caldwell-West Caldwell
  93. Roxbury Township
  94. Middletown Township
  95. Verona
  96. Washington Township
  97. Southern Regional (Manahawkin)
  98. Greater Egg Harbor Regional
  99. Manasquan
  100. Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional

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