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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School is a highly rated, public school located in Scotch Plains, NJ. It has 1,574 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.
667 Westfield Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1240
449 responses
Average ACT
29
134 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$133,452
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,811
National
$949
Median Home Value
$450,200
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
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
  • Soccer games
    20%
  • Repertory theater production
    16%
  • School spirit and clubs
    14%
  • Marching band home show
    13%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • Football games
    7%
  • Pep rally
    7%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,574
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,580
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.1%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$18,896/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Reviews

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SPFHS is a very good school when it comes to analyzing a public school for teenagers. There are many extracurricular activities available for students with varied interests an talents. Personally, the music department was something I was part of. Clubs and activities are a vital part of the high school experience, as it opens up time to socialize and find talents in the things you love. When it comes to education, teachers are always available, but a student will not do well if they do not work for themselves. Different teachers/aids/counselors have different personalities. This school definitely provides a great education and is slightly above average.
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My experience at the high school has been relatively positive. The education is superior to many other places, and we have some of the best teachers in the state. In regards to classes, there’s a number of options to choose from, allowing students to explore their interests and even begin to specialize in a subject before college. The only downside comes from the administrators. They’re lovely people, but refuse to cooperate. Reluctant to close school for snow days or weather related issues, in the past, there have been serious issues as a result. Additionally, they lock bathrooms to prevent students from vaping, but don’t take into consideration that some students actually need to use the bathroom. There have been times when every single bathroom, except for inside the locker room, inside the school have been closed. Unfortunately, they also lock the locker room between periods, leaving the single bathroom unobtainable to the students in need.
The school itself is fine. Students who are organized do well in the school. Most students manage to go to college or do whatever they set out to do. However, the diversity is low. Most of the departments are good; the weakest link is probably the world language department. For administration, the principal is very active and the guidance counselors are very nice. Non-academic related things are solid too. The school has had very successful soccer and swim teams for both boys and girls. Additionally, their track/cross country teams, Lacrosse teams, and the boys wrestling team are also progressing. Their music program is very consistent. Overall a very decent public school in a nice neighborhood.