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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Paterson Public School District is a public school district located in Paterson, NJ. It has 27,601 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 17% of students are at least proficient in math and 28% in reading.

Paterson Public School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
28%
Percent Proficient - Math
17%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
970
410 responses
Average ACT
23
27 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
27,601
Free or Reduced Lunch
74.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,691
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.3%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$21,353/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$39,282
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,175
National
$949
Median Home Value
$237,500
National
$184,700

Paterson Public School District Reviews

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Speaking as a Pakistani-American who has experienced private school, home school, and public school environments, I have a great deal to say on several aspects of Paterson Public Schools. Out of my various modes of learning, I feel that my greatest accomplishments unfolded during my time as a student at the STEM Academy of John F. Kennedy High School. My school has offered me numerous school, college, and community service opportunities that I have taken well advantage of. One thing that I believe should be adjusted, however, is the implied negativity that is present when speaking about Paterson schools. The district may not be able to provide their students with proper resources and facilities, but these material provisions are by no means prerequisites of success.
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My experience of being in the Paterson Public School District is interesting. Growing up in Paterson, I have always been told by my teachers that we are the future, we are the people who will beter sculpt the city, and rip away our awful reputation that we have. I give the district a 3 out of 5 because the curriculum could be way better. I am told first hand that most Paterson graduates who go to college are often behind from their peers because they did not have the best education. Despite this fact, the District benefitted Paterson by establishing an IB high school. The IB school is called International High School and I currently go to that school. I believe that school is the best thing that has happened to the city in a long time. Our first class of IB students last year made many marks in the city. There was even one girl you was accepted to UPENN. She is the first every Paterson student who will be going to an Ivy League and this is just the beginning of what IB has to offer.
The Paterson Public School #3 elementary school was an okay experience for me from the first grade all the way to the eight grade. The teachers were good, there were some extra curricular activities like joining the SGA(Student Government Association). It was very diverse. We had some important projects like cleaning the school garden in 2006 and maintaining it. They offered after school programs for tutoring and or volunteer work. The school had plenty of fundraisers that led to memorable field trips and other events.