Camden City Public Schools

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Camden City Public Schools
Superintendent: Mr. Paymon Rouhanifard
Business Administrator: Mr. John C. Oberg
Address: 201 North Front Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Grade Range: K-12
School facilities: 32
Enrollment: 13,106 (as of 2009-10)[1]
Faculty (in FTEs): 1,417
Student–teacher ratio: 9.25:1
District Factor Group: A
Web site: http://www.camden.k12.nj.us/
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1 Budgetary Cost 16,131 92 13,632 18.3%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,786 80 8,035 9.3%
6 Support Services 3,124 97 2,166 44.2%
8 Administrative Cost 1,658 98 1,379 20.2%
10 Operations & Maintenance 2,142 96 1,674 28.0%
13 Extracurricular Activities 97 4 258 -62.4%
16 Median Teacher Salary 60,373 60 57,597
Data from NJDoE 2009 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with 3,501+ students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=105
Board of Education Building

Camden City Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade from the city of Camden, New Jersey, United States. The district is one of 31 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 2009-10 school year, the district's 32 schools had an enrollment of 13,106 students and 1,417 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.25:1.[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 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[9]) are:

Preschool
Elementary schools
Middle schools
High schools

Criticism[edit]

In the 2000s, the Camden school system was labeled as corrupt by some individuals; a July 6, 2006 editorial [10] 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."[11]

The new superintendent stated that Camden's high school students are unprepared for college. [12]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are: Paymon Rouhanifard, Superintendent [13] [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for the Camden City School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  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. ^ Data for the Camden City Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  10. ^ Children of Camden get short end of the pencil, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2006
  11. ^ NPR: Widespread Fraud Alleged in Camden, N.J. Schools
  12. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/students-scored-college-ready-camden-nj-21259239
  13. ^ http://www.camden.k12.nj.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=192906&type=d&pREC_ID=389559
  14. ^ http://www.camden.k12.nj.us/administration.jsp

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°56′53″N 75°07′34″W / 39.948058°N 75.126221°W / 39.948058; -75.126221