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Cranford, New Jersey
Union County
Cranford Public School District
Cranford High School is a public school located in Cranford, New Jersey with 1,217 students in grades 9-12.
Highlights
734 AP exams were taken in 2019 with a passing rate of over 77%.
CHS offers 28 varsity sports teams.
75% of students participate in extracurricular activities.
Awards

CHS remains one of the “Top High Schools in New Jersey,” ranked by NJ Monthly #31 in the state. U.S. News ranked CHS as #48 in NJ, 2nd in Union County among traditional schools. Niche reported the school district to be the 8th safest and having the 8th best teachers in NJ. CHS had 10 All State Choir selections.

Location
201 West End Place
Cranford, NJ 07016
Contact
Principal: Mr. Mark Cantagallo
908-709-6272
cantagallo@cranfordschools.org
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Grades
9-12
White 85%
Black 4%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 8%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 1%
School size
1,217
students
Female 49.8%
Male 50.2%
Economically disadvantaged students 3%
Students with disabilities 18%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
303
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 24%
292
10th Grade 27%
326
11th Grade 22%
267
12th Grade 27%
328
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English & language arts proficiency
71%
of students

Math proficiency
36%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.4
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 4
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 5
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
80%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 38%
6 to 10 days 39%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 7%
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English 97.6%
Spanish 1.2%
Other 1.2%
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Learn more about Cranford High School.

Mission

We, the community of CHS, are striving to acquire and foster the knowledge and responsibility necessary to preserve our diverse, democratic society and to choose, experience and enjoy a life of consequence in the complex world of the 21st century. Through a partnership of teachers and students, administrators, and community members, young adults graduating from CHS must learn to respect people and property, progress and preservation.

Academics

The course work at CHS requires students to obtain 140 credits to graduate, exceeding the state minimum. We offer 28 AP courses and 390 students took AP exams last year. This college level course work is also supported by a robust set of offerings highlighted by our STEAM courses: Auto Tech., Pre-Engineering, Robotics, CADD, Graphic Design, Photography, Game Theory & Design, Webmaster Team, Computer Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Astronomy, Dance, Acting, Technical Theater, Choruses, Band, Orchestra, and Music Theory.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Coed), Cheerleading (Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Field Hockey (Girls), Football (Boys), Golf (Coed), Gymnastics (Girls), Ice Hockey (Coed), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Coed), Volleyball (Girls), Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs

CHS has many clubs and activities ranging in all areas: Robotics team, Autos club, Model UN, DECA (nationally recognized), Diversity Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Gender Equality Advocates, Mock Trial, World Language clubs, PRIDE (9th grade transition club), Woods club, A Cappella Ensembles,, Marching Band, Stage and Sound Crew, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Dance club, Madrigals, Fall Drama, and Spring Musical just to name a few. Our service clubs are Interact, Building Bridges and Student Council.

Programs

Our Building Bridges Program helps to pair elementary and middle school students with a high school student to develop a mentor relationship. High School students also plan and implement activities that foster relationships with members of their town and school communities including but not limited to students with special needs, transfer students and senior citizens.

Teachers

Over 65% of the Cranford High School staff have obtained a Master's degree. In Cranford we encourage our staff to take the lead on professional development and have a plethora of teacher leaders who create PD sessions throughout the year. In district we have a Personalized Learning Team along with a New Teacher Collaborative which supports our newer staff members.

Post high school

For the Class of 2019, 97% are attending a college/university, almost 2% are employed, and less than 1% are in the military. The CHS Enrichment Testing Program provides SAT prep & college essay writing. The PSAT is given to all sophomores and juniors during the school day and fee waivers for SAT & ACT are available. CHS offers financial aid presentations, Naviance training, and student/parent conferences with all juniors to discuss college selection, application process, and plans for post graduation.

Supports

Students at Cranford High School have many pathways towards assistance:Â ESL program, 504 committee, CPST-Creative Problem Solving Team (formerly I&RS), Transfer Student Mentor Program, and a comprehensive Special Education Program.

Health

Students have a full complement of Health and PE classes. Some of the course offerings are CPR, Archery, handball, indoor soccer, and fitness and exercise. Our fitness and exercise program has historically been a model program that other districts have come to research in order to improve their own program. We bolster our Physical Education program by offering Dynamics of Healthcare, Emergency & Clinical Care and Medical Terminology, all of which can be taken for Rutgers University credit.

Parents

CHS enjoys a wonderful partnership with parent and community organizations. A sample of the organizations are: Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), Project Graduation, Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence, Booster Club, and the Friends of the Performing Arts. Some of the activities supported or organized by these groups are Project Graduation, Fashion Show, athletic events, Prom Information Night, school grants, and scholarships. CHS has a strong relationship with our Municipal Alliance and Chamber of Commerce.

Facilities

Cranford High School was completed in 1936 and has had one major extension to the building. It has two gymnasiums and STEAM facilities including a dark room, wood shop, theatre room, culinary arts room, auto mechanic shop, computer science, a robotics and engineering classroom as well as science labs. We have a dance studio, stadium seated band and choir rooms, and spacious art classrooms. Our 1,000 seat auditorium has a traditional look that hosts a litany of wonderful performances throughout the year.

School safety

Cranford High School has developed a Crisis Response Clipboard in collaboration with the Cranford Police, Fire and Rescue, that follow the guidelines of the state. Staff trainings are held annually and best practices are reviewed monthly. In addition our Counseling department has developed a series of best practices regarding various traumatic events that may affect a school. Our staff, students and community promote the, “If you see or hear something, say something,” motto.

Technology

Cranford High School boasts a 1-1 program in all English and Social Studies classrooms. Over the past three years the school has tripled the amount of devices available for students to access. We added two new computer labs for Computer Science and Photography. Some of our elective course offerings include: CADD: Architecture, Automotive Technology, Pre-Engineering, AP Computer Science A and Principles, Computer Programming, Game Theory and Design, Introduction to Cybersecurity, Web Design, Webmaster, Dynamics of Nutrition, Marine Science, Medical Terminology, Spanish Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Film and Video, Technical Theatre, AP Statistics, Photography, and Graphic Design.

Early childhood

Cranford High School runs a Cougar Cub program which provides a developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning environment that is not a pre-school but an opportunity to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth in preparation for formal schooling. Age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate lessons are planned and taught by high school students under the direction of a certified teacher.

More

CHS boasted eight National Merit Scholars, one semi-finalist and one winner. One student received the Joy Prescott Humanitarian Award at the Diversity Middle and High School Leadership Conference at Kean University. 113 students competed against students from dozens of schools across Central New Jersey at the NJ DECA Regional Conference at Kean University. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. 46 students earned top scores in their respective events at the district competition, qualifying them to attend the NJ DECA State Career Development Conference. The Model UN Club with a 123 student delegation won the Outstanding Delegation Award for excelling in all parts of the annual conference held in Hershey, PA. Approximately 1800 students from 60 schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware were in attendance. Cranford High School was awarded the best actor and actress awards and was also recognized with the best scene award from the Speech and Theatre Association - NJ Governor’s Awards. Last year Cranford High School student athletes garnered five Conference Championships. Two Union County Scholar Athletes and one New Jersey State Scholar Athlete were also selected.

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