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Bloomfield Township School District is an above average, public school district located in Bloomfield, NJ. It has 6,424 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 54% in reading.
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Bloomfield Township School District Reviews
On the surface, The district is diverse by having a Latinx Superintendent but it is also a very segregated school district. There are very few Black students in the schools that are closer to Upper Montclair and Clifton. Also, the faculty heavily lacks diversity. Essex County's population is 64% minority but a lot of these schools are staffed with all white women. You may find a few Asian, Black, and Latinx faculty in the schools that are closer to East Orange. Bloomfield would benefit to take on a system like Montclair in which zoning has been eliminated. Families are allowed to select their top 3 choices for attendance. In order to eliminate systemic racism, Bloomfield needs to focus a lot more on equity. Also, target hiring more of the adequately educated minority teachers that live in and near the township.
I got a good education. However, I feel that the district spent tax money on the wrong things. We had a bunch of TVs and computers around the school that no one used, but at the same time funding for the performing arts and foreign language programs was cut. I also felt that the district did not take offenses from students, whether it was racism or threatening school safety, seriously enough. The students never seemed to be punished and the district never followed up with preventative measures and diversity training for students. I also felt that the counseling department at the high school held students back. Instead of helping us apply for college and getting to know us so they could write good recommendation letters, they discouraged my friends and I from taking harder classes and made it harder for us to have schedules that were advantageous to our academic careers.
I think the quality of teaching in Honors/AP >> regular classes, which put many of my friends/family at a disadvantage if they didn't have honors classes early on (like in middle school). Sometimes the same class/subject taught by "harder" or "easier" teachers can make or break ranks which isn't really fair. It seems the "best" students are usually from the northern schools (BrkD, Dem, Oak) - thus I think those of lower socioeconomic areas/schools don't get the same opportunities. I love BHS and I've always felt the people around me were decent for the most part. The school is trying to deal with mental health issues, fears about school shootings etc. (people don't think it's helping, but it's a start for sure). Many people complain about the guidance counseling at BHS. I liked them in BMS (middle school). At BHS there's a lot of sports/clubs and opportunities to initiate new ones. Fix scheduling/class availability though. Ppl don't get what they want and it can hurt a college resume