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Old 06-16-2018, 07:36 PM
 
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Hi everyone my husband and I are looking for our home. We have one daughter. We found one house in Cranford that we like but It is in Hillside AVE School zone. When I checked in great school.con it rated 6/10. I understand all cranford schools are good. Is greatschool.com reliables?Also, Is Cranford a diverse town? We are Asian so we are concerned about this point.
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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I figured by now you'd have a half dozen replies,,, anyway Cranford to me seems an excellent town, diversity never seemed any problem there. I don't know any particulars about the school system myself as my kids did all that in a different county in NJ.
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Old 06-17-2018, 05:46 PM
 
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All schools in Cranford are great, including Hillside. There are many asians in town as well as other ethnicities. You shouldn't have any concerns as it's a community that is very welcome to diversity.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:58 AM
 
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Hillside is a fine school, the Cranford rankings have taken a dip recently because of the lack of diversity, I think it's still 90% white. But, frankly, it's because so many people hang onto their houses for sixty years, everyone I know in the schools is interested in getting more diversity so you shouldn't have any issues.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:15 AM
 
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Is this really the set up of the schools, seems really confusing:

Bloomingdale Avenue School (K-2)
Brookside Place School (K-5)
Hillside Avenue School (K-8)
Livingston Avenue School (3-5)
Orange Avenue School (3-8)
Walnut Avenue School (PreK-2)
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:29 AM
 
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It is. Mostly because of when the schools were built and the sizes they are. Bloomingdale and Orange Ave are on the far north side, Walnut and Livingston are across the street from each other slightly south-central, and Hillside is on the south side. Brookside is adjacent to the high school slightly on the north side of town.

So it's Walnut-Livingston and then they join Hillside in the 6th grade.
Bloomingdale and Brookside then join Orange in the 3rd and 6th grades, respectively.

And then everyone goes to the same high school. Younger classrooms are around 20 students each, with about 300 students in a graduating class total, so you get to know the 80 students in your school and then merge with another 80 students and then eventually merge with the other 160 students at high school. It keeps the schools themselves manageable, as there are only about 20 classrooms or so in each of them.
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