Since 1746, Princeton’s primary business has been education. The university is now among the foremost in the world. Adjacent to this Ivy League school sit the Princeton Theological Seminary (affiliated with the Presbyterian Church), and the Institute for Advanced Study, built to lure Einstein to Princeton. Also in town is Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
The Princeton Regional School District, serving a diverse population of approximately 3,100 students, encompasses: four elementary schools (K-5,), one elementary charter school (K-5), one middle school (6-8,) and one high school, all recently enlarged and renovated. Enrollment in the district schools grows by about a hundred students annually. Princeton High School is among the top-ranked secondary schools in New Jersey. Eighty-five percent of its graduates go on to higher education.
The area is also rich in private schools providing pre-school, elementary, and/or secondary education. The list of private schools includes:
- The Princeton Friends School, co-educational, Quaker, Pre- K through 8.
- Princeton Montessori School, co-ed, Infant through 8.
- The Waldorf School of Princeton, a Rudolph Steiner School, Infant through 8.
- Chapin School, co-ed, Pre-K through 8.
- Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, all boys, Catholic, pre-K through 8.
- The Princeton French School, co-ed, K through 8, instruction in French and English.
- St. Pauls School, co-ed, Catholic, parochial, K-8.
- The American Boychoir School (ABS), all boys, 3 through 8, boarding and day.
- Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, all girls, Catholic, pre- K through 12,? college prep 9-12.
- Princeton Day School (PDS), co-ed, K through 12, college prep 9-12.
- The Lewis School, co-ed, K-12, college prep, for dyslexic and learning-different students.
- The Hun School, co-ed, 6 through 12, college prep, boarding for grades 9-12.
- The Lawrenceville School, co-ed, 9 through 12 and a post-grad year, college prep, boarding and day.
The Princeton area also boasts 23 day-care and pre-school centers and 4 special-education centers.
When it comes to school systems, few states in the country rank as well as New Jersey. According to the Center of American Progress, New Jersey is tops in high school graduation rates (89%).
1) School Ranking Website: K12Niche.com
2) NJ School Report Card: http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc06/index.html
3) New Jersey Star-Ledger Interactive School Rankings: http://www.nj.com/news/reportcard/
4) Proficiency Statistics: http://www.schoolmatters.com/
5) Compare Your District’s Performance: http://www.nj.com/education/reportcard/
6) Education Statistics/ Comparing School & Enrollment Characteristics: http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/
7) Directory of New Jersey Schools: http://www.state.nj.us/education/directory/
8) Compare K -12 Schools Around the Country: http://www.greatschools.net/
9) Information about High Schools: http://high-schools.com/