Montclair Public Schools

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Montclair Public Schools
22 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07042
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent Ronald Bolandi (interim)
Business administrator Brian Fleischer
Schools 11
Students and staff
Enrollment 6,625 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty NA FTEs
Student-teacher ratio NA
Other information
District Factor Group I
Website www.montclair.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $18,805 60 $18,891 -0.5%
1 Budgetary Cost 15,257 63 14,783 3.2%
2 Classroom Instruction 9,101 68 8,763 3.9%
6 Support Services 3,210 95 2,392 34.2%
8 Administrative Cost 1,324 29 1,485 -10.8%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,308 17 1,783 -26.6%
13 Extracurricular Activities 261 58 268 -2.6%
16 Median Teacher Salary 67,819 71 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 Montclair Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade from the Township of Montclair, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The district consists of seven elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 11 schools had an enrollment of 6,625 students.[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]

Each school has a magnet theme, which becomes the focus of the school's teaching style. Students have "freedom of choice" as to which school they want to attend.[4] School selection is not dictated based on location of residence within Montclair.[4] When registering in the district, parents rank their school preferences from highest to lowest, with preferences given for siblings of existing students and special needs.[5] School preferences are accommodated as long as space is available.[4]

District mission[edit]

The Montclair School District is dedicated to educational excellence for each and every child. In partnership with parents and the community, the schools will maximize academic and artistic achievement, and develop confident students who are accountable for their ongoing learning, who value initiative and diversity, who achieve the requirements of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels and who are able to contribute meaningfully to the ever-changing global society.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In both the 1989-90 and 1993-94 school years, Watchung School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve. Hillside

Board of Ed

School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School for the 1987-88 school year.[6]

The district was awarded the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence – Silver, was commended by the United States Department of Education as one of six exemplary magnet school programs in the nation, was recognized by The Wall Street Journal for its public schools, and was certified by the New Jersey Department of Education during the 2004-05 school year.

Montclair Public Schools was cited for its magnet school program, as one of six school districts nationwide selected as the focus of Innovations in Education: Creating Successful Magnet School Programs, describing those schools whose "successful magnet programs offer a range of contexts, experiences, and perspectives".[7]

Nishuane School was named as a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve, in the 1993-94 school year.[8] Watchung School was also named a Star School for 1993-94.[9]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics)[10] are:[11][12]

Elementary schools (K-5, except as noted)
  • Bradford Elementary School[13] (456 students, Magnet Theme: The University Magnet)
    • Naomi Kirkman, Principal
  • Charles H. Bullock Elementary School[14] (432, Environmental Science)
    • Nami Kuwabara, Principal
  • Edgemont Montessori School[15] (304, Montessori)
    • Cheryl Hopper, Principal
  • Hillside Elementary School[16] (3-5; 626, Gifted and Talented)
    • Michael Chiles, Principal
  • Nishuane Elementary School[17] (K-2; 430, Gifted and Talented)
    • Jill McLaughlin, Principal
  • Northeast Elementary School[18] (457, Global Studies)
    • Gail Clarke, Principal
  • Watchung Elementary School[19] (456, Science and Technology)
    • Joe Schimdt, Principal
Middle schools (6-8)
Glenfield School
  • Glenfield Middle School[20] (717, Visual and Performing Arts)
    • Joseph A. Putrino, Jr., Principal
  • Buzz Aldrin Middle School[21] (548, The STEM Magnet)
    • Dr. Jill Sack, Principal
  • Renaissance @ Rand[22] (253, Liberal Arts)
    • Dr. Barbara Weller, Principal
High school (9-12)

Former schools[edit]

  • Grove Street Elementary School
  • Southwest Elementary School
  • George Inness Middle School

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[24][25]

  • Mr. Ronald Bolandi, Superintendent of Schools[26]
  • Brian Fleischer, Board Secretary / School Business Administrator[27][28]

Elementary schools gallery[edit]

Middle schools gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Montclair School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  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 September 15, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Montclair Magnet System, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed April 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Magnet School Report: Excerpt from Report Describing Montclair System, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed December 26, 2006.
  6. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  7. ^ WORK WITH PARENTS & THE COMMUNITY - Innovations in Education: Creating Successful Magnet School Programs, accessed December 26, 2006.
  8. ^ Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 25, 2009.
  9. ^ Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 25, 2009.
  10. ^ School Data for the Montclair Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  11. ^ Our Schools, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  12. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Montclair Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  13. ^ Bradford Elementary School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  14. ^ Charles H. Bullock Elementary School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  15. ^ Edgemont Montessori School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  16. ^ Hillside Elementary School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  17. ^ Nishuane Elementary School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  18. ^ Northeast Elementary School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  19. ^ Watchung Elementary School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  20. ^ Glenfield Middle School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  21. ^ Mount Hebron Middle School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  22. ^ Renaissance @ Rand, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  23. ^ Montclair High School, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed February 26, 2014.
  24. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Essex County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  25. ^ Who's Who in Central Services, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  26. ^ Superintendent, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  27. ^ Business Office Personnel, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  28. ^ Board of Education, Montclair Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.

External links[edit]

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