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Justina, Home Buyer in East Windsor, NJ

how is the school district for east windsor both for elem. and highschool? I heard not so good things about

Asked by Justina, East Windsor, NJ Wed Feb 20, 2008

the HS, is this true? Should I be scared to send my child to this school district?

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East Windsor schools and their teachers/administration are very similar to those in nearby "top" schools. However the test scores (the averaged ones) don't look good. If you dig into things, you understand what's happening there. The school district includes Hightstown, which is a "sanctuary" town that tries to bring in many latino students (otherwise it itself doesn't have many students -- so without those "extra" latino students it would have to pay more per student to East Windsor). To avoid having to pay, it "attracts" the latinos families/students, many who can't (and don't try to) speak English. Many of them are academically very weak, as the standardized test scores show. So, if your child is not disadvantaged or latino, you will find success at the East Windsor schools.

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.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
To "Afriend", you are a big racist, there is no other way to put it. So you are saying that Asians are smart and Latinos are disadvantaged?
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!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 4, 2012
thank you for your response. I bet there are some good teachers...but after looking at the NJ school report card...I can't agree that the schools are good. I have since spoke with the HS Principal...and got honest answers...but they are lean towards a school that is in need of great improvements. I am still scared to send my children onwards....but thank you for your insight. Only time will tell where East WIndsor schools will go...I am hoping up...but not promising.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 4, 2009
East Windsor is more diverse in terms of ethnicity and income level than some nearby school districts but they send lots of kids to very good colleges. You can contact the ES or HS principal and ask to meet with them to discuss your concerns. I would not hesistate to have my kids there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2008
Hi Justina,
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 !
Web Reference: http://www.SoldByShalu.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 20, 2008
Well, I live in East Brunswick, where the HS and Elemntary schools are rated as some of the best in the state of NJ. I have not had any personal experience with the Windsor HS & Elementary Schools. I would check on Great Schools.net or a few of the other sites that have reviews of parents.

I seriously doubt you are going to get the candid answers on this site that I believe that you are looking for.
Email me for further discussion.

JSacktig@orangekeyrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 20, 2008
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