How’s your school doing?
Among other factors, home values are directly linked to schools. Great schools bring up the prices of homes, and bad schools bring down the prices.
If you haven’t seen the news, this year’s School Ratings by Inside New Jersey has been published. Inside New Jersey is not the only school rating system but it is the first to publish their results this year.
Inside New Jersey used 4 years of data to evaluate schools. The criteria they used were the HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) results. Each school was given a letter grade – A, B, C or D. They didn’t score schools the way you would predict – in other words, a score of “A” isn’t the best. A score of A means, according to Inside New Jersey, “above average score, below average growth,” whereas a B means “above average score, above average growth.” A C means “below average score, below average growth” and a D means “below average score, above average growth.”
Here are the scores:
|Union Cty. Magnet Hs
|Academy For Information Technology
|Westfield High School
|Summit Senior H.S.
|New Providence H.S.
|Governor Livingston H.S.
|Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S
|Cranford Senior H.S.
|Union Cty. Vo-Tech Hs
|Arthur L. Johnson
|Roselle Park High School
|David Brearley Hs
|Union Sr High
|Abraham Clark H.S.
When these scores are correlated to home values, the average value of a home in an A school district is $519,660. The average value of a home in a B district is $482,271. The average home in a C school district is valued at $280,825 and the average home in a D school district is valued at $361,800.
For more information on schools in Union County, click here. For more information on home values, click here.
In many parts of Union County, we’re experiencing a weak seller’s market or a diminishing buyer’s market. If you want to get in on the summer market, here are some things you need to know before you list your home:
- Make repairs before you list your home! Things like leaky roofs, dead light bulbs, and broken windows, will make it harder for potential buyers to see your home’s attributes. Take care of them before you list your home.
- Make home improvements that will increase the value of your home. If your budget and time frame allow, making these repairs now will help get your home sold quicker and for a higher price.
- Educate yourself about the home selling process. Here is a link to a free video called “Preparing your home to sell.”
- Interview real estate agents. Most sellers hire the first agent they interview, while others continue looking. Be sure to choose an agent who shows you a vibrant marketing plan that you trust.
- Research market conditions in your neighborhood so that you can make an intelligent decision about pricing your home. We’ve linked some local market reports below to help you get started.
Summer is half over.
While you’re enjoying the sun and sand and warm nights, don’t forget that students have summer reading to do. Here’s a roundup of all the summer reading for Union County students:
Welcome to December! Things are bustling in Union County this month with so much to do!
Here’s a run down of exciting events you don’t want to miss:
Going on now until December 8th - Scotch Plains and Fanwood business are participating in a “Shop & Dine” event which was organized by Amy Boroff of Fanwood
who created a Facebook group titled “Scotch Plains – Fanwood Shop & Dine.” She is joined by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood BPA in sponsoring the event. Click here for more information.
December 1 and 2 – The Nutcracker Suite at Union County PAC in Rahway. For more information, click here.
December 2nd - The African Children’s Choir will perform their holiday show will perform at Enlow Hall at Kean University,1000 Morris Avenue in Union. For more information, click here.
December 8 - The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea perform holiday classics at Union County PAC in Rahway. You can find more information here. December 7 – A Rockin’ Holiday Celebration starring Lightning Lou Christie and Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners will perform at Union County PAC in Rahway. Click here for ticketing information and times.
December 9 - The Greater Newark Youth Orchestras’ 23rd Annual Winter Concert at Union County PAC in Rahway. For more information, click here.
December 13 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party will take place at Union County PAC in Rahway. Click here for ticketing information and times.
December 15 and 16 – The Nutcracker Ballet at Kean University,1000 Morris Avenue in Union. More information can be found by clicking here.
December 16 – Holiday Brass, a quartet of brass and percussion, will perform holiday favorites at Enlow Hall at Kean University,1000 Morris Avenue in Union. Please click here for more information.
Happy Holidays, Union County!
Annually, Newsweek Magazine scours the data from the nation’s high schools and culls the top 1000 schools, based on the critera of which schools are most effective in producing college-ready graduates. The six components against which they judge the high schools are:
college matriculation rate
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccaleureate (IB) tests taken per student
average SAT and ACT test scores
average AP and IB scores
AP courses offered
This year, 11 Union County high schools ranked in the top 1000 in the Nation. Here they are:
#102 - Union County Magnet in Scotch Plains
#143 - Academy for Information Technologyin Scotch Plains
#167 - Academy for Allied Health Services in Scotch Plains
#224 - New Providence High School in New Providence
#251 - Summit High School in Summit
#279 - Cranford High School in Cranford
#352 - Westfield High School in Westfield
#498 - Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights
#585 - Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield
#769 - Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains
#820 - Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark
To read the entire article and see how other schools in New Jersey and in the Nation compare, click here.