Camden City Public Schools

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Camden City Public Schools
Superintendent: Paymon Rouhanifard
Business Administrator: John C. Oberg (interim)
Address: 201 North Front Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Grade Range: K-12
School facilities: 30
Enrollment: 13,723 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty (in FTEs): 1,307.9
Student–teacher ratio: 10.49:1
District Factor Group: A
Web site: http://www.camden.k12.nj.us/
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1A Total Spending $25,575 102 $18,891 35.4%
1 Budgetary Cost 21,726 103 14,783 47.0%
2 Classroom Instruction 12,220 102 8,763 39.4%
6 Support Services 4,277 103 2,392 78.8%
8 Administrative Cost 1,841 99 1,485 24.0%
10 Operations & Maintenance 3,194 102 1,783 79.1%
13 Extracurricular Activities 110 4 268 -59.0%
16 Median Teacher Salary 59,203 22 64,043
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with more than 3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=103
Board of Education Building

Camden City Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from the city of Camden, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide,[3] which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.[4][5]

In 2003, Bonsall Family School, Camden High School and East Camden Middle School were identified as three of the seven "persistently dangerous" high schools in New Jersey.[6]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 30 schools had an enrollment of 13,723 students and 1,307.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.49:1.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "A", the lowest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.[7]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

George Washington School was recognized by Governor Jim McGreevey in 2003 as one of 25 schools selected statewide for the First Annual Governor's School of Excellence award.[8]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[9]) are:[10][11]

Preschool
  • Early Childhood Development Center[12] (486 students in PreK-K)
    • Susan T. Goyins, Principal
Elementary schools
  • Henry L. Bonsall Family School[13] (514; PreK-8)
    • Lisa Thomas, Principal
  • Octavius V. Catto Community Family School[14] (559; PreK-8)
    • Byron Dixon, Principal
  • Cooper's Poynt School[15] (514; PreK-8)
    • Stephen D. Bournes, Principal
  • Alfred Cramer College Preparatory Lab School[16] (530; PreK-6)
    • Danielle Phillips, Principal
  • R.T. Cream Family School[17] (536; PreK-8)
    • Hye-Won Gehring, Principal
  • Henry H. Davis Family School[18] (477: PreK-6)
    • Sharon Woodridge, Principal
  • Thomas H. Dudley Family School[19] (578 PreK-8)
    • Maricarmen Macrina, Principal
  • Forest Hill Elementary School[20] (300; K-5)
    • David Corvi, Principal
  • Cooper B. Hatch Family School[21] (421; 1-8)
    • Laura Boyce, Principal
  • Francis X. McGraw Elementary School[22] (281; PreK-5)
    • Scott E. Shanklin, Principal
  • Rafael Cordero Molina Elementary School[23] (630; PreK-5)
    • Gloria Martinez-Vega, Principal
  • Harry C. Sharp Elementary School[24] (405; PreK-6)
    • Evelyn Ruiz, Principal
  • Charles Sumner Elementary School[25] (392; PreK-6)
    • Mecca Jackson, Principal
  • Veterans Memorial Family School[26] (481; PreK-8)
    • Danette Sapowsky, Principal
  • John Greenleaf Whittier Family School[27] (208; PreK-5)
    • Deborah Olusa, Principal
  • Dr. Ulysses S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab Family School[28] (432; PreK-6)
    • Lana L. P. Murray, Principal
  • H. B. Wilson Family School[29] (1,712; PreK-7)
    • Janna Johnson, Principal
  • Yorkship Family School[30] (564; PreK-5)
    • Tracey Reed-Thompson, Principal
Middle schools
  • East Camden Middle School[31] (327; 6-8)
    • Shareef Daaliya, Principal
  • Pyne Poynt Middle School[32] (395; 6-8)
    • Tyrone Richards, Principal
High schools

Criticism[edit]

In the 2000s, the Camden school system was labeled as corrupt by some individuals; a July 6, 2006 editorial [38] written by Sherry Wolkoff appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The editorial, titled "Children of Camden get short end of the pencil," asserts that Camden school officials obtain unjustified bonuses while Camden schoolchildren have few resources.

In early 2006, allegations were also made that school officials had altered standardized test scores to improve Camden's national school ratings. "We know that, with respect to the test scores, those scores were not legitimately achieved," says Lucille Davy, New Jersey's acting commissioner of education. "There was manipulation of the process."[39]

In December 2013, the district reported that only three high school students had met the "college ready" standard, based on a minimum combined score of 1550 on the SAT.[40]

In the wake of 163 violent incidents in the district during the 2012-13 school year, the district undertook a $1.4 million project in 2014 to add digital cameras and electronic controls at doors to limit access to high school buildings.[41]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[42]

  • Paymon Rouhanifard, Superintendent [43]
  • John C. Oberg, Interim School Business Administrator / Board Secretary[44]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Camden School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Abbott Districts, New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the Internet Archiveas of May 15, 2009. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  4. ^ What are SDA Districts?, New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Accessed August 14, 2012. "SDA Districts are 31 special-needs school districts throughout New Jersey. They were formerly known as Abbott Districts, based on the Abbott v. Burke case in which the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the State must provide 100 percent funding for all school renovation and construction projects in special-needs school districts.... The districts were renamed after the elimination of the Abbott designation through passage of the state’s new School Funding Formula in January 2008."
  5. ^ SDA Districts, New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  6. ^ List of dangerous schools, CNN, September 25, 2003.
  7. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 27, 2009.
  8. ^ McGreevey Celebrates Schools that are "Getting it Right": Schools of Excellence Winners Demonstrate Effectiveness of Governor’s Education Priorities, New Jersey Department of Education press release dated November 211, 2003. Accessed December 15, 2009.
  9. ^ School Data for the Camden City Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  10. ^ Schools, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  11. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Camden City Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  12. ^ Early Childhood Development Center, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  13. ^ Henry L. Bonsall Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  14. ^ Octavius V. Catto Community Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  15. ^ Cooper's Poynt School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  16. ^ Alfred Cramer College Preparatory Lab School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  17. ^ R.T. Cream Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  18. ^ Henry H. Davis Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  19. ^ Thomas H. Dudley Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  20. ^ Forest Hill Elementary School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  21. ^ Cooper B. Hatch Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  22. ^ Francis X. McGraw Elementary School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  23. ^ Rafael Cordero Molina Elementary School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  24. ^ Harry C. Sharp Elementary School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  25. ^ Charles Sumner Elementary School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  26. ^ Veterans Memorial Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  27. ^ John Greenleaf Whittier Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  28. ^ Dr. Ulysses S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  29. ^ H. B. Wilson Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  30. ^ Yorkship Family School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  31. ^ East Camden Middle School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  32. ^ Pyne Poynt Middle School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  33. ^ Brimm Medical Arts High School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  34. ^ Camden High School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  35. ^ Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  36. ^ MetEast High School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  37. ^ Woodrow Wilson High School, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  38. ^ Children of Camden get short end of the pencil, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2006
  39. ^ NPR: Widespread Fraud Alleged in Camden, N.J. Schools
  40. ^ Via Associated Press. "Only 3 students scored college-ready in Camden", NJ.com, December 18, 2013. Accessed August 27, 2014. "The new school superintendent in Camden says it was a 'kick-in-the-stomach moment' when he learned that only three district high school students who took the SAT this year scored as college-ready."
  41. ^ Burney, Melanie. "At Camden high schools, new security cameras and controlled access", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 23, 2014. Accessed August 27, 2014.
  42. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Camden County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  43. ^ Superintendent's Corner, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  44. ^ Business Services, Camden City Public Schools. Accessed August 26, 2014.

External links[edit]

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