Since about 2002, the scores have been going up (because of all of the asians that moved there). As those kids go through the schools, the East Windsor schools are getting higher average scores. The elementary and middle school scores are already higher, and the scores show it when you look by "subgroup" (white, black, asian, hispanic, disadvantaged, special needs, etc).
As for actual scores, if you "take out" the scores from the many many latino/disadvantaged students, the overall test scores are equal to, and often higher than, those of it's neighboring "top" schools. So if your child is white or asian, you have nothing to worry about. These students do very well, and for the last few years they're getting accepted into the nation's top universities. Good students do very well there.
Look at the detailed test results & stats (by subgroups). They show the real picture there. The test scores completely depend on what kind of students are in a school. When bright students attend a school, the school looks good, but if poor students go there, it looks bad. East Windsor has many bright and many poor/disadvantaged/non-English speaking students, so the school district looks average overall. The more poor/non-English speaking students in any school, the worst their overall (averaged) scores look. But that's not a true picture of how good the teachers and students are in East Windsor. They really are very good. I know many kids there, and have my own children there. I am very happy with the education my kids are getting there.
I'll try to explain this another way, as an analogy. Let's say you lived in a town of million-dollar homes, and two new houses (nice, modern ones valued at $200,000 each) are built there. Then the AVERAGE value of homes in that town will suddenly go down. If twenty such "low-cost" homes are built, the average will go down by a lot. But that does not mean any million-dollar home will lose value. That community of million-dollar homes will still be the same, but the average price will look lower. They haven't lost any value, just their average went down. That's what's happened in East Windsor -- in its schools and school district -- because of its neighbor Hightstown's political policy. To understand the truth -- how things really are under the surface -- you have to dig in.
My daughter goes to one of the Elementary Schools in the East Windsor School District and we are very happy with the school system. In general it is a very safe community and the district results have been improving during the last few years.
Yes, they do not have the top ratings as schools in the Princeton - Plainsboro district, but with good teachers and good schools it is up to you and your child how successful they can be.
In 2011 HHS had the best results ever.
By the way, Princeton is also a sanctuary city too.
Yes, I am hispanic, I am legal resident, I speak English and I just hope "Afriend" is not my next door neighboor, I would be scared to learn that!
My best advice to you would be to base your judgement on ratings by parents & their experiences regarding the schools :-
A great site for this is :
http://www.Greatschools.net or you could got to my site & click on 'schools information".
Good Luck !
I seriously doubt you are going to get the candid answers on this site that I believe that you are looking for.
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