Cranford Township Public Schools

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Cranford Township Public Schools
Superintendent: Dr. Gayle Carrick
Business Administrator: Robert J. Carfagno
Address: 132 Thomas Street
Cranford, NJ 07016
Grade Range: K-12
School facilities: 7
Enrollment: 3,894 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Faculty (in FTEs): 321.5
Student–teacher ratio: 12.11:1
District Factor Group: I
Web site:
Ind. Per Pupil District
 %± vs.
1A Total Spending $15,069 11 $18,047 -16.5%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,276 37 14,519 -8.6%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,022 29 8,588 -6.6%
6 Support Services 1,993 42 2,338 -14.8%
8 Administrative Cost 1,451 60 1,448 0.2%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,482 39 1,787 -17.1%
13 Extracurricular Activities 299 77 263 13.7%
16 Median Teacher Salary 61,590 39 62,707
Data from NJDoE 2013 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with more than 3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=106

The Cranford Township Public Schools is a comprehensive public school system serving students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in Cranford Township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The district is governed by a nine-person elected board of education.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the district's seven schools had an enrollment of 3,894 students and 321.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.11:1.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "I", the second highest 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.[3]


The district consists of seven school facilities which (with 2010-11 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[4]) are as follows:[5]

The system's high school, Cranford High School (9-12; 1,139 students) was ranked 51st among all high schools in New Jersey in 2012 by New Jersey Monthly magazine after being ranked 13th statewide in the magazine's 2010 rankings.[6] Cranford High School has a curriculum which has a strong push for technology in the schools, along with stressing service learning. The high school is recognized for its work in service learning and for being a national school of character. Cranford High School students are regularly admitted to some of the nation's top private and public universities, with over 90% of each graduating class going onto college.

Cranford has two public middle schools, Orange Avenue School (grades 3-8, 774 students) and Hillside Avenue School (K-8, 689 students), which are located on each end of the community and serve their local neighborhood. Both also are elementary schools as well. On the north side of town, along with Orange Avenue, are two other elementary schools, Bloomingdale Avenue School (PreK-2, 241 students) and Brookside Place School (K-5, 432 students). On the south side of town, along with Hillside Avenue, are two other elementary schools, Walnut Avenue School (PreK-2, 309 students) and Livingston Avenue School (3-5, 227 students).

Lincoln School, which is the home of the district's administrative offices, also houses the district's two alternative education programs, CAP and CAMP.[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The district was selected as one of the top "100 Best Communities for Music Education in America 2005" by the American Music Conference.[8]

Board of education[edit]

The Cranford Public Schools is governed by a nine member Board of education. The board members are elected to three year terms in at-large elections held every April, with three seats being up every year. The board members take office a week after the election and at that meeting elect a president and vice president to serve one year terms.


Core members of the district's administration are:[9][10]

  • Dr. Gayle Carrick, Superintendent
  • Robert J. Carfagno, Business Administrator / Board Secretary


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°39′12″N 74°17′49″W / 40.65346°N 74.297059°W / 40.65346; -74.297059