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Analyzing School Ratings

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:

School Town SAT 08 score 12 score Pct Change Grade
Union Cty. Magnet Hs Scotch Plains 1940 396.8 427.8 7.80% B
Academy For Information Technology Scotch Plains 1763 358.9 397.6 10.80% B
Westfield High School Westfuekd 1741 358.7 377.9 5.30% B
Summit Senior H.S. Summit 1713 351.5 369.9 5.20% B
New Providence H.S. New Providence 1742 368.7 368.4 -0.10% A
Governor Livingston H.S. Berkeley Heights 1667 351.3 360 2.50% A
Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S Scotch Plains 1591 337 354.7 5.20% B
Cranford Senior H.S. Cranford 1606 343.2 353 2.90% A
Union Cty. Vo-Tech Hs Scotch Plains 1510 319.8 347.1 8.50% B
Jonathan Dayton Springfield 1535 320.6 331.1 3.20% A
Arthur L. Johnson Clark 1497 318.3 325.7 2.30% A
Roselle Park High School Roselle Park 1396 285.3 317.5 11.30% B
David Brearley Hs Kenilworth 1398 297.5 299.1 0.60% D
Rahway H.S. Rahway 1291 248.8 277.2 11.40% C
Union Sr High Union 1358 269.9 277 2.60% D
Linden H.S. Linden 1268 243.6 261.3 7.30% C
Hillside H.S. Hillside 1232 227.2 246.2 8.40% C
Abraham Clark H.S. Roselle 1188 220.7 232.5 5.30% C

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.

11 Union County High Schools Make Newsweek’s Top 1000 List!

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:

  1. graduation rateFile:Graduation Girl.jpg
  2.  college matriculation rate
  3.  Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccaleureate (IB) tests taken per student
  4. average SAT and ACT test scores
  5. average AP and IB scores
  6.  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.

Egg-Citing Hunts in Union County

‘Tis the Season for Spring Festivities in Union County! Here are some great adventures for children this weekend:

  • New Providence Lions Club will hold its Easter Egg Hunt at Oakwood Park Easter on Saturday, March 31, at 9:30 am with the Easter Bunny arriving at 9:15 am. Balloons, lollipops, and viewing of EMS vehicles will start at 9:00. All age groups are invited but the egg hunt is limited to Pre-K to grade 2.
  • Garwood’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31st, and 12 pm, with a rain date of Sunday, April 1st at 1:00 pm. The Hunt, along with prizes and a visit by the Easter Bunny, will be at the Garwood Little League Field at the East end of Myrtle Avenue. Garwood residents only.
  • Scotch Plains annual Egg Hunt is March 31st at 11 AM at Park Middle School. The first hunt will be for 0-2 year olds. Kids ages 3-8 will follow.  Baked goods will be for sale and children can get tattoos and their face painted, as well as guess the number of jelly beans and pick lollipops to win a prize. The Easter Bunny will be there, too. Please bring a non-perishable food item (no glass, please) to donate to the Scotch Plains Food Pantry.
The fun’s not over yet! Here are some Easter Egg Hunts especially for Union County kids next weekend:
  • Summit PAL is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny on April 7th at 10 AM at the Family Aquatic Center at 100 Ashwood Avenue. This event is open to all Summit residents.
  • Cranford Chamber of Commerce hosts breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Garlic Rose, 28 North Avenue, on April 7th at 9AM. Cost is $10 for children and $15 for adults, and photos are an additional $3. Email gina.tipton@gmail.com for more info.
  • Fanwood’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be at Forest Road Park on April 7th at 10 AM. All children 10 and under are invited to help find over 1000 eggs filled with goodies and prize tickets hidden around the park. The Easter Bunny will be there along with contests to guess the number of jelly beans and chocolate eggs. Bring your own decorated egg and bunny drawing to enter the drawing contests.
  • Mountainside is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Oasis Church, 1180 Spruce Drive, On April 8th, right after Easter Sunday’s 10AM Church Service and Kids’ program with a Bible lesson and craft under the Big Top Tent. Live bunnies will be there, along with the Easter Bunny.
And, one more event for the weekend after that!File:Paashaas.gif
  • Clark will hold its sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Clark Recreation Center at 430 Westfield Avenue on Saturday, April 16th from 12 to 2 pm. Bring a camera and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Decorate your own basket, hunt for eggs filled with prizes, participate in a coloring contest, have snacks, enter the jelly bean contest, and enter the grand prize drawing. This event is open to Clark children up to and including 5th grade. Al children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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