Cranford Township Public Schools
|Cranford Township Public Schools|
|132 Thomas Street
Cranford, NJ 07016
|Superintendent||Dr. Gayle Carrick|
|Business administrator||Robert J. Carfagno|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||3,773 (as of 2011-12)|
|District Factor Group||I|
The Cranford Township Public Schools is a comprehensive public school system serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade in Cranford Township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The district is governed by a nine-person elected board of education.
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.
- Elementary schools
- Bloomingdale Avenue School (238 students in grades K-2)
- Brookside Place School (422; K-5)
- Hillside Avenue School (739; K-8)
- Livingston Avenue School (172; 3-5)
- Orange Avenue School (739; 3-8)
- Walnut Avenue School (306; PreK-2)
- High school
The system's high school was the 49th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology, after having been ranked 51st in the state out of 328 schools in 2012. 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 and Hillside Avenue School, 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 and Brookside Place School. On the south side of town, along with Hillside Avenue, are two other elementary schools, Walnut Avenue School and Livingston Avenue School.
Lincoln School, which is the home of the district's administrative offices, also houses the district's two alternative education programs, CAP and CAMP.
Awards and recognition
Board of education
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.
- Dr. Gayle Carrick, Superintendent
- Robert J. Carfagno, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
- William Sperry Beinecke (born 1914), founder of the Central Park Conservancy and former chairman of S&H Green Stamps.
- Carol Blazejowski (born 1956), member of Basketball Hall of Fame and 1974 Cranford High School graduate.
- Robert Ferro (1941–1988), Cranford High School alumnus and author whose work included a gay coming-of-age novel describing a fictionalized version of Cranford centered around the Rahway River.
- District information for Cranford Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- School Data for the Cranford Township Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- District Schools, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Cranford Township Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 3, 2013.
- Bloomingdale Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- Brookside Place School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- Hillside Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- Livingston Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- Orange Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- Walnut Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- Cranford High School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Lincoln School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed May 6, 2013.
- Best 100 (101!) Communities for Music Education in America, 2005, American Music Conference. Accessed December 5, 2016.
- District Personnel, Cranford Public School District. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- New Jersey School Directory for Union County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 15, 2014.
- William Beinecke - 96, Old New York Stories, October 28, 2011. Accessed November 4, 2016. "My father and mother had a home on Prospect Street in Cranford. So we lived in Cranford, New Jersey, in a house, the address was 401 Prospect Street, Cranford, New Jersey and I even remember the phone number. The phone was 47."Old New York Stories, Oct 28, 2011, Interview with William Sperry Beinecke (recalling that he was a student of the Cranford Township Public Schools as a boy, at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Holly Street)
- "Spotlight: Carol Blazejowski", SI for Women, May 28, 1999. Accessed May 4, 2007. "In 1974, while a student at Cranford High (NJ), Blazejowski told the school's athletic director (who was also the coach of the boys' basketball team) that she would play on boys' basketball team if no girls team was created. It wasn't long before Cranford had a girls' basketball team."
- Staff. "Robert Ferro, 46, Dies; Wrote Books on Family", The New York Times, July 12, 1988. Accessed December 17, 2016. "Born in Cranford, N.J., Mr. Ferro graduated from Rutgers University and earned a master's degree from the University of Iowa."
- Cranford Township Public Schools
- Cranford Township Public Schools's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Cranford Township Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics