South Orange-Maplewood School District

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South Orange-Maplewood School District
Superintendent: Brian G. Osborne
Business Administrator: Cheryl Schneider
Address: 525 Academy Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Grade Range: K-12
School facilities: 9
Enrollment: 6,188 (as of 2008-09)[1]
Faculty (in FTEs): 485.0
Student–teacher ratio: 12.8
District Factor Group: I
Web site:
Ind. Per Pupil District
 %± vs.
1 Budgetary Cost 13,825 71 13,632 1.4%
2 Classroom Instruction 7,813 56 8,035 -2.8%
6 Support Services 2,223 74 2,166 2.6%
8 Administrative Cost 1,532 85 1,379 11.1%
10 Operations & Maintenance 2,011 90 1,674 20.1%
13 Extracurricular Activities 182 26 258 -29.5%
16 Median Teacher Salary 69,677 93 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

The South Orange-Maplewood School District is a regional public school district, serving students from two communities in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The district enrolls students from the suburban communities of South Orange and neighboring Maplewood.

As of the 2008-09 school year, the district's nine schools had an enrollment of 6,188 students and 485.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8.[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 school district has operated as a unified organization for the area since 1867 and under the current name since 1894. Its first permanent teacher and principal was James Ricalton, who also was a noted photographer and world traveler.

Awards and recognition[edit]

For the 1992-93 school year, Columbia High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[4]

NAMM named the district in its 2009 survey of the "Best Communities for Music Education", which included 124 school districts nationwide.[5]


Schools in the district (with 2008-09 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[6]) are:[7]

A South Orange Middle School student protest
Elementary Schools (K-5)
Middle Schools (6-8)
Maplewood Jr High
  • Maplewood Middle School (707) - Maplewood
    • Jeffrey Truppo - Principal
    • Louis Brown - Assistant Principal
    • Cheryline Hewitt - Assistant Principal
  • South Orange Middle School (650) - South Orange
    • Joseph Uglialoro - Principal
    • James Jennings - Assistant Principal
    • Catherine McDonough - Assistant Principal
High School (9-12)
  • Columbia High School (1,866 students) - Maplewood
    • Kirk E. Smith - Principal on Special Assignment
    • Michael Healy - Assistant Principal
    • Elizabeth Aaron - Assistant Principal


Members of the district administration are:[8][9]

  • Brian G. Osborne, Superintendent
  • Cheryl Schneider, Business Administrator / Board Secretary


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°44′10″N 74°15′53″W / 40.736009°N 74.264678°W / 40.736009; -74.264678