Education in South Orange and Maplewood


School For Everyone From Preschool To College…

South Orange and Maplewood share a common school system – six elementary schools, two middle schools and Columbia High School. All are supported by active parent and teacher organizations.

Elementary education is based in traditional, family-friendly buildings with up-to-date facilities, including computers and internet access in all schools and modern media and technology centers.

Clinton Elementary School
27 Berkshire Road, Maplewood

Jefferson Elementary School
518 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood

Marshall Elementary School
262 Grove Road, South Orange

Seth Boyden Demonstration School
274 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood

South Mountain Elementary
444 South Orange Ave., South Orange

South Mountain Annex
110 Glenview Road, South Orange

Tuscan Elementary School
25 Harvard Avenue, Maplewood

Maplewood Middle School and South Orange Middle School serve grades six-eight, guiding students academically and socially through the “tween” years and preparing them for the transition to high school. Along with a well-structured academic foundation, middle school students also are involved in character-building programs and community activities. Music and drama are highlighted in the All School Musicals involving students in all aspects of putting on a show, from acting to set design.

Maplewood Middle School
7 Burnet Street
South Orange Middle School
70 N. Ridgewood Road
Columbia High School
17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood

Founded in 1885 and rich in history, Columbia High School offers academic excellence and a wide range of elective courses and extracurricular activities. The Gothic main building was included as exemplary school architecture in the 1930 Encyclopedia Britannica.

Noted alumni range from sexologist Alfred Kinsey (1912) to architect Peter Eisenman (1950) to Olympic runner Joetta Clark (1980) to Grammy award winning musician Lauryn Hill (1993) and numerous authors. In 1992-93, Columbia High School was named a Blue Ribbon School for Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Ultimate Frisbee was invented here in 1968.

Columbia offers a strong college preparatory curriculum, with 24 AP offerings. Five or more Columbia High School seniors are usually selected as National Merit Semi-Finalists each year. Electives include forensic science, TV production, animation and computer graphics, film-making, music technology, philosophy, and Project Adventure, a high ropes course. More than 91% of graduates pursue further education. Recent graduates attend an impressive list of colleges and universities including: Boston College, Brown, Columbia, Cal Tech, University of Chicago, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Howard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, Stanford, University of Virginia, and Yale.

Outside of the classroom, students participate in championship athletics and an extensive array of extracurriculars, from an award winning literary magazine and student newspaper to a chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America to a Mock Trial team, a state-champion chess team, a cable TV station, Amnesty International, philosophy and opera appreciation clubs, Facing Race and Spectrum (gay and lesbian awareness), a Gospel Choir and many other talented music and drama groups.

A wide range of high quality day care providers and preschools serving children from two-months to pre-kindergarten. After-school programs are also available to meet the need of families that require extended supervision.
Adult Education
Founded in 1933, the South Orange – Maplewood Adult School is the oldest adult school in the state and offers over 300 classes for adults and an extensive summer enrichment and sports program for children. Recognized as a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress, it provides “quality experiences which enhance understanding and enjoyment of life and create a learning environment for the betterment of the individual and society.”
Seton Hall University has an extensive campus in South Orange. Their library and cultural activities are made available to local residents.
Private Schools
Our Lady of Sorrows School
172 Academy Street, South Orange
973- 762-5169
Marylawn of the Oranges
445 Scotland Road, South Orange

For more information see the following links:
The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School
Seton Hall University >

South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education >

Residents have established the Achieve Foundation for those wishing to make financial gifts to support additional innovative programming in the South Orange/Maplewood School District.