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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
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South Orange-Maplewood School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Maplewood, NJ. It has 7,029 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 49% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% 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
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1210
485 responses
Average ACT
28
113 responses
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
7,029
Free or Reduced Lunch
20.5%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,227
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$124,390,000
Expenses Per Student
$19,323/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    2%

South Orange-Maplewood School District Reviews

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I feel like the district is decent. There's great classes, however, I find that the school's leveling processs is pretty discriminatory. There's plenty of African American students in lower level classes, and as the classes get harder there's less and less of these students. Many of these kids I know, and they aren't dumb. I'm lucky to be Black and be in all honors classes. I just wish the others had that chance. As far as children go, there's plenty of activities for them to do. Most of them are free, educational and interactive. I once took an aromatherapy class at my local library. The arts classes are great. Of course I'd like more, but CHS focuses more on the performing arts. There's of potential in my district to improve it for low income families and colored students. CHS' health classes are lacking. Only two teachers I've known are great in that field. I just realized how far behind we are this year. My current teacher asked us if we learned about cpr and the class went "..."
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Maplewood amen south Orange seen two separate towns, however the demographic and lands spent of each town mates the two and creates a school district that encompasses two similar downtown areas and a whole lot of culture and history. Maplewood and South Orange pride themselves in being "stigma-free" and with the racial tolerance and open minded ideals of the two towns, they could even be considered loose. The people are loose lipped, typically liberal. The school system was a good reflection of the town. Very well kept and put together, however, very very imperfect. As anything man creates is, the school system was flawed and it promoted white proficiency over any other race. This was an obstacle to climb over for all other students, yet it created an atmosphere where the white students didn't take advantage of that, but rather would pull up their peers and encourage them and that is why today there are signs around town saying "stigma-free".
I wish there were more opportunities for minorities to succeed within the district. In the town where my school is located, racism is an underlying issue within the towns and within the school system so much so that the NAACP has begun investigating racial bias within the school system. Honors and Advanced Placement classes are disproportionately white and as such minorities do not succeed as much as their white counterparts.