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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Cranford High School is a highly rated, public school located in Cranford, NJ. It has 1,233 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

Cranford High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1240
377 responses
Average ACT
28
61 responses
AP Enrollment
41%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$126,655
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,677
National
$949
Median Home Value
$474,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 53 responses
  • Prom
    28%
  • Senior Fashion Show
    17%
  • Powderpuff Football Game
    15%
  • Senior Awards Night
    15%
  • Pep rallys
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Mr. CHS
    4%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,233
Free or Reduced Lunch
3%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,649
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.8%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$18,118/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
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I’ve had a mixed experience with Cranford high school. I think the Performing Arts program is very strong, there are some exceptional teachers, and they offer pretty good support for college preparation. Cranford is consider a higher income town and well funded and yet they high school building and it’s facilities are very outdated. The budget allocations doesn’t always make sense. For example, air conditioning is basic item that other well to do towns have in the whole school building. However we’ve been told that it is not possible to have central air conditioning because the buildings are too old. This is a basic health need as we face threats of climbing temperatures due to climate change. The building get extremely hot especially during the warmer months and the school is crowded.!
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CHS has articulate and knowledgeable honors/AP teachers facilitate success in the classroom and adequately prepare students for the future. Unfortunately, Cranford lacks ethnic diversity, which makes it impossible for students to benefit from different perspectives, which hinders the potential discussion. While the guidance department, when prompted, is a good resource for students that aspire to attend college, it fails to provide satisfactory options for those students that may be looking to continue their education in directions that do not involve a traditional 4 year degree (trade school, a full time job, the military, gap year,etc).The students are generally caring, open minded, considerate individuals that support justice and equality. Most students are smarter than the grades they earn or GPA they possess, but I suppose that's the definition of most high schools: grades that reflect effort, not intelligence.
Certain aspects about CHS are really good; the courses and administrators heavily prepare you for a future in college. If you are looking into other routes post-graduation besides college, the guidance counselors and administrators will likely deter you and pressure you into attending college. The parents of children are very involved in the school and extracurricular clubs/activities. Ultimately, the school itself is in a wealthy town so there is no issue when it comes to funding or resources. I last was a student five years ago, so it's possible much has changed since then.