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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
South Orange-Maplewood School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Maplewood, NJ. It has 6,905 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 56% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.
Address
525 Academy Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Telephone
(973) 762-5600

South Orange-Maplewood School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
66%
Percent Proficient - Math
56%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1230
630 responses
Average ACT
29
152 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
6,905
Free or Reduced Lunch
18.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$75,023
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$124,390,000
Expenses Per Student
$19,299/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$57,365
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,107
National
$949
Median Home Value
$362,300
National
$184,700

South Orange-Maplewood School District Reviews

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During my 12 years of school in the South Orange-Maplewood School District (SOMSD), I've experienced many things. Whether it was a new principal, class, or after school activity, I've seen a variety of changes. That would be one concern of mine because not having a constant in school can be difficult. However, I believe that my education in the SOMSD was great. My teachers were always supportive, especially in times of struggling. Columbia High School is full of different clubs and classes that students are encouraged to enroll in. I notice more diversity in my classes in 12th grade than when I was in 9th grade. I feel that my classmates are also encouraging and are willing to lend a helping hand in times of need. My family pushed for me to attend a private high school back when I was in 8th grade, but I'm so glad I didn't. Columbia High School shaped the student that I am now and will be in my coming years.
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I attended the South Orange-Maplewood School District from K-12 and my experience varied based on my awareness of my surroundings. I believe that the schools stress diversity and being all inclusive, however there are a few issues regarding leveling diversity and not seeing enough minorities in higher level classes. I do love the schools however, especially Columbia High School, because everyone (staff, students, parents) were always trying to make the school a safe, loving place for everyone. Growing up as a gay female, I was scared because people of the LGBT community often get treated poorly in schools, however, Columbia High School was very inclusive, and I never once faced a problem regarding my sexuality. The district is very progressive and loving and strives for students' success.
Continually striving to create a well rounded class room to support every student learning. Incredibly diverse community! It takes a village mentality.
Big on the arts. Close to NYC, many young, professionals moving into the area.
Great district to raise your children.