Perhaps the most important step in choosing where to live is determining what school to send your child. All parents should know their options in selecting a school or childcare center for their child. The Plainfield Public Schools, Union County Vocational-Technical Schools, various charter schools and many private institutions serve the needs of the K-12 student population in Plainfield. Union County College's Plainfield Campus is also located Downtown with many classes in the medical and nursing field. Find out more information on schools below:
Public School Districts
The Plainfield Public School District administers education for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The district has a free pre-kindergarten program for all students. Most students in the Downtown attend Stillman Elementary, Barlow Elementary, or Evergreen Elementary for K-5 before going on to attend Maxson Middle School or Hubbard Middle School for 6th through 8th grades. All students in the district attend Plainfield High School.
The Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS) are a grouping of schools on the Union County Vocational Technical Schools Campus in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, which offers six potential programs for students across Union County, five at the high school level for students in ninth through twelfth grades and one at the adult education level. The high school level programs are separated into two groups, full-time students and shared-time students; and the full-time programs are further subdivided into the vocational program and career academies. The school offers five academies for students in grades 9-12: Union County Magnet High School, Union County Vocational-Technical School, The Academy for Performing Arts, The Academy for Allied Health Sciences, and The Academy for Information Technology. The Union County Magnet High School is currently ranked #6 in the state by U.S. News & World Report, while Union County Tech is ranked #52 in the state. The Union County Magnet High School is the winner of the Governor’s School of Excellence Award, recipient of the New Jersey Star School designation and recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, the Magnet is one of the region's most competitive and successful specialized programs.