Plainfield Public School District


The Plainfield Public School District in New Jersey consists of 14 schools, including 9 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 3 high schools, serving a diverse student population. While the district faces significant challenges, with many schools struggling to achieve academic proficiency, a few standout schools demonstrate the potential for success.

Among the standout schools is Plainfield Academy for the Arts & Advanced Studies, a high school that ranks 140th out of 422 New Jersey high schools and earns 3 out of 5 stars from SchoolDigger. This school boasts an impressive 98.7% four-year graduation rate and a 0% dropout rate, setting it apart from the district's other high schools. At the elementary level, Frederic W. Cook Elementary School and Cedarbrook Elementary School stand out, ranking 889th and 1,140th out of 1,342 New Jersey elementary schools, respectively, and earning 2 and 1 out of 5 stars from SchoolDigger.

However, the district as a whole faces significant challenges, with many schools struggling to achieve proficiency rates above 20% in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The high rates of chronic absenteeism, particularly at the high school level, and the high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage, are also areas of concern. Despite these challenges, the success of the standout schools suggests that with the right strategies and resources, the Plainfield Public School District can improve the educational outcomes for its students.

District Detail

 1200 Myrtle Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07063-1139

 (908) 731-4200

SchoolDigger Rank:
564th of 615 New Jersey districts

See the 2023 New Jersey District rankings!
Grades served: PK, KG-12
Students: 8,331

Primary Schools: 10
Middle Schools: 2
High Schools: 3
Alternative Schools: 0

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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