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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
South Plainfield High School is a highly rated, public school located in South Plainfield, NJ. It has 1,029 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.

South Plainfield High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1150
256 responses
Average ACT
27
30 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$100,782
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,812
National
$949
Median Home Value
$332,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Cultural Heritage Day
    39%
  • Gold Card Picnic
    18%
  • Wrestling matches
    14%
  • Orchestra events
    7%
  • Rock Darfur Concert
    7%
  • School Play
    7%
  • Sporting Events
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,029
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$76,695
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.7%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$19,198/ year
National
$12,239
54%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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My experience in South Plainfield High School has been limited because of the COVID-19 virus. But, from my experience, this school is plain ordinary. Of course, they have opportunities for students to serve their community service and many programs for students to learn. But, that is no different from any other school. However, the most extraordinary part of the school is the teachers. They make such an effort to develop a connection with the students and that is the unique characteristic of this school. They not only care about you, they make sure that you are striving to learn, not just get the best grade or a passing grade in their class. I have noticed this over my years at the school, and it is definitely something I will miss when I graduate: my connection with a selection of teachers. Not to mention the extreme diversity that that school consists of, which also makes it different from some other schools. So, this school is average with the exception of background and teachers.
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South Plainfield School is is a welcoming school. It offers variety of different course for all students and opportunities based on their needs and likes. So far I have had an amazing sophomore year. The school offers many difficult course like Advanced Placements, and honors program. The teachers are amazing as well and help the student through its thick and thin. There are many courses like Ap research and seminar that is not offered at other schools. I it prepares you well for colleges and upcoming hardships that ya students have to face. The bullying policy is amazing too. We don’t have any tolerance for bullying and their are cops and guards to secure our safety. If I have the chance I would repeat it all over again,
I had a fairly average experience at South Plainfield High School. I encountered some very awful teachers that definitely did not belong in any school district, but I also did experience possibly some of the best educators I will ever have that have made me love certain subjects that I used to hate. Another thing I can appreciate about SPHS beyond its revolting bathrooms and cafeteria food is that it is one of the most diverse schools I have seen. In all of my classes there is a fairly good ratio of ethnicities and races. Also, in terms of college readiness, South Plainfield is lacking. Unless someone has the intrinsic drive to do well in school and begin to prepare for college and its level of work, they will not be prepared for college, because the classes themselves do not prepare one for college.