About Us...
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Scotch Plains and Fanwood are attractive residential communities located in north central New Jersey about 25 miles west of New York City. The towns offer a lovely suburban setting, a variety of housing styles and options and large open park lands. The diverse population of the towns numbers about 30,000.

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools serve approximately 5,500 students in grades Preschool-Grade12. The district offers a comprehensive academic program, excellent pupil services, an experienced and highly qualified staff, modest class sizes, and a wide variety of extracurricular athletics and activities.

"A district that offers something for everyone!"

Scotch Plains-Fanwood is a regional school district comprised of students in Grades Preschool-Grade12 from the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood. The district has five elementary schools (Preschool-Grade 4), 2 middle schools (Grades 5-8), and one comprehensive high school (Grades 9-12).


Elementary Program

Kindergarten entrance age: 5 years old on or before October 1
First grade entrance age: 6 years old on or before October 1

Policy 5111 (download pdf)

The elementary schools emphasize the development of strong communication and computation skills through a basic program of reading, language arts including process writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Classes in art, vocal and instrumental music, physical education, and health (including chemical dependency and family life education) are taught by specialists in those subjects. Instruction in the use and application of computers is integrated into the content areas. A library/media program, designed to teach children study and research skills, is also fully integrated into all curriculum areas. "Reading Recovery," an early intervention program for students least ready to learn to read, is available in each building.

Preschool - Grade 4 Program of Studies (download pdf)