Who We Are

The Princeton Public School District is among the best public school districts in New Jersey and in the nation. Our schools are places where every child is known, where joy and purpose are woven into our approach to learning. We value innovation in education. We expect high academic achievement for all students. And we foster lifelong learning as we help students find their own pathway to success.

Our community is deeply committed to education and has a long legacy of academic excellence. We invite you to learn more about our district by reading our Mission and Educational Philosophy and by reviewing our annual report


Our Students


District-wide (2017-2018): 3,765
K-5 (2017-2018): 1422
6-8 (2017-2018): 753
9-12 (2016): 1652

Test Scores 


Combined Mean Score: 1850
Critical Reading: 614
Writing: 623
Math: 613

AP Exams

Number of AP Exams Taken (2017): 1,676
Percentage of Students Scoring 3 or Above on AP Exams (2017): 89%

Global Influence

Our diverse student population includes students from all around the world. 22% of our students claim a language other than English as their first tongue, and more than 50 languages are spoken by our families in their homes, including Spanish, Chinese, Russian, French, Arabic, Korean, German, Polish, Dutch, Danish, Hungarian, Burmese and Hebrew.

Athletics and Activities

Students may participate in school sports at John Witherspoon Middle School and Princeton High School. Princeton High School has varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams covering 25 sports. Clubs and other extracurricular activities are offered to students at all our schools.

Our Schools 

Elementary schools (grades K-5):

Community Park, Johnson Park, Littlebrook, and Riverside

  • Small, neighborhood schools
  • All elementary students begin learning Spanish no later than 2nd grade 
  • Weekly art, music, and library instruction
  • Full-day Kindergarten for all students 

Middle School (grades 6-8):

John Witherspoon Middle School

  • Three world languages offered: Spanish, French and Mandarin
  • Drama, video production, tech prep, art, band, choir and orchestra offered
  • Wide variety of after-school sports and clubs
  • Accelerated math program available

High School (grades 9-12):

Princeton High School

  • Six world languages offered: Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, Mandarin, and Japanese
  • Designated as a New Jersey Model School in the Arts, we offer outstanding experiences in visual art, music, theatre, and dance.
  • AP instruction for nearly every subject
  • Advanced instruction opportunities through agreements with Princeton University
  • Over 130 after school clubs and activities 

Our Staff

More than 72% of our teachers have advanced degrees beyond a bachelor's degree. Our staff are highly caring, value innovation, and work collaboratively with colleagues and families to support the highest levels of teaching and learning. 

The PREA staff percentage of degree higher than a bachelors is 72%.
The PREA staff percentage of degree higher than a bachelors is 72%.