Passaic City School District is a comprehensive community public school district located in Passaic, New Jersey, United States, serving students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. The district is one of 31 Abbott districts statewide, which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
As of the 2009-10 school year, the district's 19 schools had an enrollment of 13,453 students and 1,010 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.32:1.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "A", the lowest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
... Core members of the district's administration are Dr ... Robert Holster, Superintendent James Shoop, Business Administrator / Board Secretary ...
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