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Livingston Public Schools
11 Foxcroft Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039
District information
Grades pre-K to 12
Superintendent Christina Steffner
Business administrator Steven K. Robinson
Schools 9
Students and staff
Enrollment 5,714 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 414.1 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 13.80:1
Other information
District Factor Group I
Website www.livingston.org
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $19,225 65 $18,891 1.8%
1 Budgetary Cost 14,385 48 14,783 -2.7%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,866 58 8,763 1.2%
6 Support Services 2,295 51 2,392 -4.1%
8 Administrative Cost 1,604 76 1,485 8.0%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,277 15 1,783 -28.4%
13 Extracurricular Activities 298 71 268 11.2%
16 Median Teacher Salary 82,280 99 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 Livingston Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Livingston, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The district consists of six elementary schools, grades PreK/K-5; one middle school for grade 6 and another middle school for grades 7 and 8, and one four-year high school.[3]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's nine schools had an enrollment of 5,714 students and 414.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.80:1.[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.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

For the 1997-98 school year, Livingston High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[5]

The district's high school was the 16th-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.[6] The school had been ranked 24th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 20th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] Livingston High School was the 14th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2006 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools.[8]

The school was ranked 1038th nationwide, the 33rd-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools based solely on the efforts among 27,000 US schools in making Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge (AICE) tests available to all students.[9][10]

The district was among 367 school districts in the US to receive AP District of the Year Awards in the 2nd Annual Honor Roll[11] and among 539 districts in the 3rd Annual Honor Roll.[12]

FemGineers[edit]

FemGineers (Female Engineering Club) is a program in Heritage Middle School to encourage female students to participate in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The program was founded with 10 eight-grade girls to participate in engineering-based competitions. In the five-year period after the establishment of the program, the size of participant increased to 60 girls. The Board of Education of the Livingston Public Schools also supported the initiative by the mean of funding its technology lab. A review in 2013 by the American School Board Journal found that the program resulted in an improvement in standardized math test scores and more female students continued to enroll in higher-level math classes when they enter Livingston High School. However, the future career decisions for those participants are still yet to be seen. The journal awarded the program as one of the winners of the 2013 Magna Awards in the category of public school districts with 5,000 to 20,000 enrollments in the United States.[13]

Additionally, the National School Boards Association listed the FemGineers program and the technology teacher in its "20 to Watch" in 2013 citing the program's attempt to address the gender equality concern in STEM initiatives.[14]

Competitions[edit]

Livingston's schools participate in many county, interschool, state, and national competitions. Highlights of the accomplishments are:[15]

Arts and literature[edit]

Business and law[edit]

  • Elementary schools have been consistent winners of New Jersey State Bar Foundation Law Fair Mock Trial Competitions for grade 3 to 6. Riker Hill, Mount Pleasant, Harrison and Collins were winners of the competitions in 2000–2002, 2006–2010, and 2012–2013.[26][27]
  • Livingston High School students were winners from 2008 to 2012 at Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference. In 2012, national first place in Economics and Sport Management, and seventh place in Entrepreneurship.[28]

General knowledge[edit]

  • Mt. Pleasant Middle School was first place national winner of Knowledge Master Open in 2007[29] and fourth place national winner in 2008
  • Heritage Middle School ranked #1 in New Jersey for Spring 2011 Knowledge Master Open. It was also ranked #19 out of 604 middle schools in the United States and other countries.[30]
  • Livingston High School received recognition for its AP Program as a 2006-2007 State High School winner of the Seimen's Award for Advanced Placement[31]

Math[edit]

  • Mt. Pleasant Middle School ranked #2 out of 204 schools in 6th grade in 2008-2009 New Jersey Mathematics League contest[32]
  • Heritage Middle School was national first-place winner in the Continental Mathematics League/Euclidean Divisions 7 and 8
  • Livingston High School ranked #1 in the league for the 2012 New Jersey Mathematics League contest[33]
  • Livingston High School has been consistent first-place winner of Essex County Math League from 1989 to 2009

Science[edit]

Technology[edit]

World language[edit]

  • Heritage Middle School students scored third and seventh in the nation for the 2011 National French Contest. Livingston High School students scored up to the third in the nation.
  • Twenty-eight Livingston High School students placed in the top 10 positions in the state for the 2011 National Spanish Examinations[52]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[53]) are:[54][55]

Elementary schools
  • Burnet Hill Elementary School[56] (411 students in grades PreK-5)
    • Erika Gomez - Principal
  • Collins Elementary School[57] (420; K-5)
    • John Leister - Principal
  • Harrison Elementary School[58] (526)
    • Cynthia Healy - Principal
  • Hillside Elementary School[59] (398; K-5)
    • Carlos Gramata - Principal
  • Mount Pleasant Elementary School[60] (422; K-5)
    • Emily Sortino - Principal
  • Riker Hill Elementary School[61] (416; K-5)
    • Jo Tandler - Principal
Middle schools
  • Mt. Pleasant Middle School[62] Grade 6 (475)
    • Deb Ostrowski - Principal
    • Andrew Espinoza - Vice Principal
  • Heritage Middle School[63] Grades 7 and 8 (891)
    • Sean Kelly - Principal
    • Daniel Calligaro - Vice Principal
    • Robert Grosso - Vice Principal
High school
  • Livingston High School[64] (1,755)
    • Mark Stern - Principal
    • Bronawyn O'Leary - Vice Principal
    • Danielle Rosenzweig - Vice Principal
    • Gregory Vacca - Vice Principal
    • David Cohen - Athletic Director

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[65][66]

  • James F. O'Neill, Interim Superintendent[67]
  • Steven K. Robinson, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ About Our Schools, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  4. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF) Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine., United States Department of Education. Accessed March 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011.
  8. ^ Top Public High Schools in New Jersey Archived 2007-02-06 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey Monthly, September 2006.
  9. ^ Staff. "America's Best High Schools: The List", Newsweek, June 13, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011.
  10. ^ America's Best High Schools: The FAQ, Newsweek. Accessed March 28, 2011.
  11. ^ AP District of the Year Awards - 2nd Annual Honor Roll, College Board, 2012 - accessed January 22, 2012
  12. ^ "AP District of the Year Awards 3rd Annual Honor Roll" (PDF). College Board. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "2013 Magna Awards". American School Board Journal: 12. 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "NSBA's Technology Leadership Network announces 2013 class of "20 to Watch"". School Board News Today. National School Boards Association. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Board of Education Proclamations Meeting Agenda, Livingston School District, June 16, 2008 - accessed April 19, 2009
  16. ^ Cray-Pas Wonderful, Colorful, World Contest 2009 - Finalists, Sakura of America - accessed November 29, 2011
  17. ^ Girls' visions of skis and skates earn Arts Olympiad honors, The Star Ledger, July 25, 2007, p.63
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  19. ^ Livingston School District Workshop Meeting Agenda, June 12, 2006, Livingston Board of Education
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  27. ^ "Mock Trail Competition for Grade 3 through 6". New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
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  31. ^ 2006-07 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement Archived 2007-10-21 at the Wayback Machine.,Siemens Foundation - accessed April 19, 2009
  32. ^ 2008-2009 CONTEST SCORE REPORT SUMMARY FOR GRADES 6, 7, AND 8,New Jersey Mathematics League - accessed April 19, 2009
  33. ^ April 2012 High School Score Report Summary, New Jersey Mathematics League, April 2012. Accessed April 13, 2012.
  34. ^ New Jersey Science Olympiad - NJIT Regional, New Jersey Science Olympiad - accessed May 20, 2009
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  42. ^ 2010 USNCO National Exam Top Students, USNCO - accessed May 10, 2012
  43. ^ 2011 USNCO Top 152 Students, USNCO - accessed May 10, 2012
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  45. ^ 2007-08 Winners, Young Epidemiology Scholars - accessed May 10, 2012
  46. ^ 2010-11 Winners, Young Epidemiology Scholars - accessed May 10, 2012
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  50. ^ Live results, Shell - accessed April 13, 2012
  51. ^ "Magna Awards". American School Board Journal. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  52. ^ "Board of Education Voting Meeting Minutes, Monday, June 6, 2011" (PDF). Livingston School District. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  53. ^ School Data for the Livingston Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  54. ^ Directory of Schools, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  55. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Livingston Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  56. ^ Burnet Hill Elementary School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  57. ^ Collins Elementary School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  58. ^ Harrison Elementary School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  59. ^ Hillside Elementary School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  60. ^ Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  61. ^ Riker Hill Elementary School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  62. ^ Mt. Pleasant Middle School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  63. ^ Heritage Middle School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  64. ^ Livingston High School, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
  65. ^ Central Office Staff, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 16, 2014.
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  67. ^ Leadership Changes at LPS, Livingston Public Schools. Accessed July 15, 2014.

External links[edit]

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