#13: Education


Hi guys! This blog post is almost depressing to write since it’s about education and summer is almost over! It’s important to write about though, so I guess I may as well just do it now!

New Jersey has a really great education system, and I’m so grateful to live here just for that. In 2009, New Jersey spent more on each student than any other state with the exception of New York, according to Wallst.com. The state spent over $16,000 per pupil in 2009. The same year, the Supreme Court ruled that education cuts to the tune of more than $500,000,000 were not for the best.

The public school system in New Jersey had more than 2,500 schools according to the New Jersey Department of Education. There are 590 running school districts, and more than 2,000 elementary schools. The state also boasted a graduation rate of almost 95% in 2011.

New Jersey is home to many colleges. Ideally, I’d like to be able to talk about all of them individually at some point, but to start, I want to mention Princeton University, an Ivy League University located in Northern New Jersey. It’s tied with Harvard as the top-ranked university in America and is well-known. Newsweek also reported that students in Bergen and Monmouth County have the highest average SAT scores in the nation, at 2145 and 2100 each.

As you can see, New Jersey really does have an amazing education system. It makes it a great place to live and have a family! I’m so happy to be in a place where I have the opportunity to learn.

Until next time,
~Kristen