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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies (PAAAS) is a public school located in Plainfield, NJ. It has 398 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. According to state test scores, 16% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.
About Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies (PAAAS)...
Address
1700 West Front St
Plainfield, NJ 07063
Telephone
(908) 731-4421

Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies (PAAAS) Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
16%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1040
54 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$55,657
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,158
National
$949
Median Home Value
$235,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
33%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
33%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 23 responses
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  • School productions
    39%
  • Cafe PAAAS
    22%
  • The Wiz
    17%
  • Black History Month Celebration
    13%
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration
    9%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
398
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,740
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.1%
47%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$26,311/ year
National
$12,239
40%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies (PAAAS) Reviews

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The teachers and staff at Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (PAAAS) are very open to help. If one teacher cannot assist a student or anyone in need both academically, or on a more personal level, they will surely direct you to someone who will be of efficient guidance. PAAAS is full of supportive and resourceful staff. Through the use of online references (I.e: video tutorials of a specific Period in History to how to algebraically solve a Matrice.), the teachers here have made it their obligation to appeal to not just kinesthetic learners but visual and/or auditory. All in all, everyone carries them self as a highly certified indicidual teaching their field and has the corresponding credentials to prove it. The teachers are amazing and great at what they do!
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PAAAS really offers some very great extracurricular actuvities. From yearbook committee, to debate, to Tiara club everyone is infatuated with calling their club "The best". I too am guilty of doing so because the club I partake in in my opinion is the best of the best. I have been apart of the Debate team for four years now. Our club does not just stop at the school. We travel to Princeton University for One-Day Debate Conventons, Parsippany, Woodbridge and the farthest and longest convention we have been to is the three day convention in Washington D.C. The Junior Statesman of America is the debate team organization we partake in which is not a cheap one AT all. We do seek administrative help which then assists us with transportation and funds needed to pay additional expenses that we could not cover from fundraising alone. I use this example to prove the support of the administration for any club or organization. Fundraising does include our own, but we do get help from the Board. There are also clubs like Student Council and the Yearbook Committe that meet up after school for important updates from the Teacher Advisor of the organization. The National Homor Society, FBLA, etc also meet after school for necessary updates as well. These meetings do not just host three or four people. Many come out to join which shows student commintment. All in all, clubs like debate require to meet on the weekends from 9-12 on a Saturday and over 40 show up on time. If this is not dedication and true commitment, I have no idea what is. PAAAS is home to many successful clubs and organizations and as years progress so will the the quality and quantity of each and every one of them!
I attended PAAAS since 8th grade, I join the dance program directed by Mrs. Jenkins. Now is directed by someone else, I have not taken dance classes with the new teacher for so long, so I will not comment on the her teaching skills. Overall PAAAS is a good school is low in funding as the performing arts school does not have their own stage, the school food is normal, could be better. As for education, it is challenging but worth it, I personally felt like it prepared me for college. The school is not that diverse. If you are looking for a art program the school is great at introducing people to the arts but if you really want to be a dancer, singer, actor, I suggest to search for a more intense program. I personally enjoyed my time there, even though the school hours are long from 8:00-3:50. At PAAAS you get a sense of community since it’s a small school and everyone knows everyone.