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East Orange School District

East Orange School District

East Orange School District is a comprehensive community public school district serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from the city of East Orange, New Jersey. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide, which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 20 schools had an enrollment of 9,709 students and 867.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.20:1.

In 2003, Patrick Healy Middle School was identified as one of seven "persistently dangerous" public schools in New Jersey. The designation has since been removed.

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "A", the lowest 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.


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

Early childhood education centers
  • Althea Gibson Early Childhood Academy (171 students; in grades PreK and K)
    • Crystal Davis, Principal
  • Wahlstrom Early Childhood Center (167; PreK-K)
    • Fidelia Sturdivant, Principal
Elementary schools
  • Benjamin Banneker Academy (491; PreK-5)
    • Sharon Vincent, Principal
  • Edward T. Bowser, Sr. School of Excellence (719; PreK-5)
    • Brian Heaphy, Principal
  • George Washington Carver Institute of Science and Technology (417; PreK-5)
    • Sharon Davis, Principal
  • Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Academy (254; K-5)
    • Ralph Jacob, Jr., Principal
  • Mildred Barry Garvin School (350; PreK-5)
    • Dr. Howard Walker, Principal
  • Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative & Performing Arts (436; PreK-8)
    • Henry Hamilton, Principal
  • Langston Hughes Elementary School (562; PreK-5)
    • Annie Jackson, Principal
  • J. Garfield Jackson, Sr. Academy (288; K-5)
    • Yvy Joseph, Principal
  • Ecole Touissant Louverture (309 ; PreK-5)
    • David T. Johnson, Principal
  • Gordon Parks Academy School of Radio, Animation, Film and Television (313; PreK-5)
    • Leslie Shults, Principal
  • Cicely L. Tyson Community Elementary School (509 ; PreK-5)
    • Passion Moss-Hasan, Principal
  • Dionne Warwick Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship (453; PreK-5)
    • Gloria Watson, Principal
Middle schools
  • Patrick F. Healy Middle School (420; 6)
    • Dr. Monica D. Burton, Principal
  • John L. Costley Middle School (453; 7). The school was named in honor of John L. Costley Sr., a local community activist who was a World War I veteran and member of the 369th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters.
    • Amalia Trono, Principal
  • Sojourner Truth Middle School (459; 8)
    • Vincent Stallings, Principal
High schools
  • Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts (863; 6-12)
    • Anita Champagne, Principal
  • East Orange Campus High School located on the former campus of Upsala College (1,876; 9-12)
    • Victoir Cahoon, Principal
  • East Orange STEM Academy (199 ; 9-12)
    • Dr. Nicholas Deltufo, Principal
  • Fresh Start Academy Middle School - Glenwood Campus (6-8)
    • Stephen Webb, Supervisor
  • Fresh Start Academy High - Edmonson Alternative (9-12)
    • Dr. Neville Matadin, Supervisor


Core members of the district's administration are:

  • Dr. Kevin R. West, Superintendent of Schools
  • Victor Demming, Business Administrator


External links

  • East Orange School District
  • East Orange School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
  • School Data for the East Orange School District, National Center for Education Statistics

East Orange School District

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