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  2. Diversity
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  4. College Prep
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South Orange-Maplewood School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Maplewood, NJ. It has 6,852 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 54% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% 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
61%
Percent Proficient - Math
54%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1210
506 responses
Average ACT
28
121 responses
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Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
6,852
Free or Reduced Lunch
19.5%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,227
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.4%

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 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.
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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.
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 "..."