Piscataway Township and Its Public Schools

An Excellent Place to Live and Work

Whether you are visiting Piscataway for the first time, or currently live or work here, you will find that it has a lot to offer, including a wealth of recreational, cultural, sports, shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. Piscataway is also the home to two branches of the public library.

Piscataway is a suburban, college community, located in central New Jersey with easy access to major highways, state parks, and the Jersey shore.  Proximity to New York City is certainly an advantage, but Piscataway is home to several corporations and the Livingston and Busch campuses of Rutgers University, making it a destination for both employment and education.  We are a diverse community, populated by over 50,000 people who represent African-American, Caucasian, Asian, Indian, and Hispanic cultures.   You can also find housing in a variety of price ranges in this 19 square mile township.

The Piscataway School District serves over 7,000 students in preschool through Grade 12. In addition to our high school, there are four schools that educate students in kindergarten through third grade, two intermediate schools serving grades four to five, and three middle schools for students in grades six, seven, and eight. The district also operates a grant-funded preschool three and four year old children and a tuition-based infant and toddler program.

The New Jersey Department of Education recently designated Piscataway School District as a “Highly Effective School District” after evaluating us through its Quality Single Accountability Continuum, also known as QSAC.  The QSAC process is designed to evaluate the thoroughness and efficiency of all the public school districts in the state and focuses on five areas:  Operations Management; Personnel; Instruction and Program; Governance and Fiscal Management. 

Student achievement is our number one priority, because we believe that all students must be academically prepared to face the challenges of the future and to be ready for college if that’s where they choose to go. Receiving the “Highly Effective” rating means that we are on-track to reach that goal and we will continually strive to update and improve what we offer our students.

The district prides itself on its creative approach to learning and its emphasis upon helping each student discover his or her potential. Whether the subject is early childhood literacy or advanced placement chemistry, teachers use a variety of teaching methods to reach students with a wide range of abilities. 

The district’s academic program is supplemented by services that include special education, programs for academically talented students, health care, educational and personal counseling, English as a Second Language, before and after-school child care, arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities.

This is a district where teachers are valued, supported and empowered.  Over half of the teaching staff has advanced degrees.  The district also conducts an extensive staff development program designed to provide classroom teachers with the most up-to-date instructional strategies and opportunities for professional enrichment. This includes offering special training for our preschool, kindergarten and first grade teachers in teaching English to speakers of other languages, for example.  In Piscataway, our class size is low, creativity is encouraged and teachers help students reach their highest potential. 

For More Information

If you are interested in finding out more about our school district, including curriculum, test scores and college admissions, please contact your child's principal, or the public information office.  You may also visit individual school websites.