Westfield Public Schools

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Westfield Public Schools
Type and location
Grades K-12
Address 302 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
District information
Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan
Business administrator Dana Sullivan
Schools 10
Students and staff
Enrollment 6,315 (as of 2012-13)[1]
Faculty 468.3 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 13.49:1
Other information
District Factor Group I
Website http://www.westfieldnjk12.org
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1A Total Spending $16,607 25 $18,891 -12.1%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,087 26 14,783 -11.5%
2 Classroom Instruction 7,946 20 8,763 -9.3%
6 Support Services 2,364 56 2,392 -1.2%
8 Administrative Cost 1,389 41 1,485 -6.5%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,098 4 1,783 -38.4%
13 Extracurricular Activities 290 68 268 8.2%
16 Median Teacher Salary 71,908 83 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

The Westfield Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Westfield, in Union County, New Jersey, United States.

As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's 10 schools had an enrollment of 6,315 students and 468.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.49:1.[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]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Theodore Roosevelt Intermediate School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 2004-05 school year.[4]

For the 1994-95 school year, Westfield High School was named as a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[5]

Schools[edit]

The district has a central kindergarten, six elementary schools (grades 1-5), two middle schools (grades 6-8) divided by a "North Side / South Side" boundary, and one high school (grades 9-12). The schools in the district (with 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[6]) are:[7][8]

Preschool
  • Lincoln School[9] (grades PreK-K, 289 students)
Elementary schools
  • Franklin Elementary School[10] (1-5, 639; North)
  • Jefferson Elementary School[11] (1-5, 386; South)
  • McKinley Elementary School[12] (1-5, 349; South)
  • Tamaques Elementary School[13] (1-5, 440; South)
  • Washington Elementary School[14] (1-5, 315; North)
  • Wilson Elementary School[15] (1-5, 389; North)
  • [Roosevelt Intermediate School]][16] (6-8, 717; North)
  • Thomas Alva Edison Intermediate School[17] (6-8, 831; South
High school

Public school students are also eligible to apply to attend the Union County Vocational Technical Schools, which include Union County Magnet High School, Union County Academy for Information Technology, Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Union County Vocational Technical High School and Union County Academy for Performing Arts.[19]

Press[edit]

Westfield High School publishes a weekly student newspaper during the school year called Hi's Eye. Established in 1935, the paper publishes 33 issues per year with a monthly Arts and Entertainment insert called Iris. The Hi's Eye is unique among many student run newspapers in that it is weekly and completely self-funded. The motto for the Hi's Eye is "For the students, by the students, since 1935."

The middle schools and elementary schools also publish a brief newspaper written by their students, for their students. Theodore Roosevelt Intermediate School publishes an issue of The Rough Rider 12 times a year. Thomas Alva Edison Intermediate School publishes The Edison Insider a few times a year. Woodrow Wilson Elementary School publishes an issue of The Wilson World twice a year.

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[20]

  • Dr. Margaret Dolan, Superintendent[21]
  • Dana Sullivan, Business Administrator / Board Secretary[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Westfield School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 2003 through 2005 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed April 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 26, 2009.
  6. ^ School Data for the Westfield Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Schools, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  8. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Westfield Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  9. ^ Lincoln School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Franklin Elementary School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Jefferson Elementary School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  12. ^ McKinley Elementary School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  13. ^ Tamaques Elementary School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  14. ^ Washington Elementary School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  15. ^ Wilson Elementary School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  16. ^ Roosevelt Intermediate School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  17. ^ Thomas Alva Edison Intermediate School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  18. ^ Westfield High School, Westfield Public Schools. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  19. ^ Full-Time Opportunities, Union County Vocational Technical Schools. Accessed May 24, 2013. "Applicants are selected from a diverse population of eighth grade students in each of the twenty-one municipalities in Union County."
  20. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Union County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  21. ^ [1], Westfield School District. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  22. ^ Business Office, Westfield School District. Accessed March 23, 2015.

External links[edit]

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