Paterson Public School District


The Paterson Public School District in New Jersey operates 42 schools, including 30 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 9 high schools, serving a diverse student population across the city. The district faces significant academic challenges, but a few standout schools, like School 28 and Norman S. Weir, demonstrate that success is possible within the district.

The data reveals stark disparities in academic performance, with School 28 ranking 1st out of 1,342 elementary schools in New Jersey and having a 5-star rating, while other schools struggle with low proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Chronic absenteeism is a significant barrier to success, with rates ranging from 26.0% at School 1 to 82.8% at Alternative High School. The district's high schools also vary widely in their 4-year graduation rates, from 78.5% at Eastside High School to 98.0% at Paterson P-Technical.

The data also suggests that specialized programs and personalized learning environments, such as those found at Young Men's Academy and Alternative High School, may be beneficial for certain student populations within the district. Additionally, the presence of the Anna Iandoli Early Learning Center highlights the district's recognition of the importance of early childhood education, which could have a positive impact on student outcomes if expanded and strengthened.

District Detail

 90 Delaware Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07503

 (973) 321-1000

SchoolDigger Rank:
573rd of 615 New Jersey districts

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Grades served: PK, KG-12
Students: 22,875

Primary Schools: 31
Middle Schools: 3
High Schools: 9
Alternative Schools: 0
We found 44 schools.

SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the New Jersey Department of Education.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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