Maplewood, New Jersey
Maplewood schools are part of the highly regarded and richly awarded South Orange-Maplewood School District. With the support of an involved parent organization, a motivated, academically-driven faculty, and a diverse student body, the District educates over 6,800 students each year. The student/teacher ratio across the district is 1:10. The District’s mission is “to be one of the top-performing diverse suburban school districts in the nation.” It strives to provide an excellent education for each and every student by providing all students, including those who may be struggling, with rigorous academic opportunities that help them reach their personal college and career aspirations.
Columbia High School – Grades 9-12
Both Maplewood and South Orange students attend Columbia High School which is a nationally recognized, progressive high school with a reputation for academic excellence. Approximately 1,850 students are offered more than 20 AP courses; the wide array of elective courses includes computer technology, filmmaking, television production, journalism, and robotics. In addition, there are 50 extracurricular clubs and activities, 27 different sports offered, and 51 athletic teams. It is here that Ultimate Frisbee was invented in 1967. Columbia High School students are routinely recognized as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, Commended Scholars, and National Achievement Scholar Semifinalists. Graduates attend an impressive roster of highly acclaimed 4-year colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Stanford, Boston College, Georgetown, MIT, Howard, Johns Hopkins, University of Virginia and more. The Columbia High School mascot is the Cougars and its colors are Black and Red.
Maplewood Middle School – Grades 6-8
Maplewood Middle School guides pupils academically and socially through the middle years and prepares them for the transition to high school. In addition to their well-structured academic foundation, middle school students also have access to character-building programs, arts education, and community activities. Recently, a number of MMS students went to Washington D.C. to take part in a conference on International Affairs sponsored by George Washington University.
Maplewood Elementary Schools
Elementary education throughout the District utilizes computers, Internet access, modern media and technology centers, and keeps up with the latest trends and developments in education. The Core Curriculum forms the basis for the academic programs that offer language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art and music. Special education services begin with pre-K programs, a strong support program is available for students needing additional assistance, and gifted enrichment programs are available to 4th and 5th graders. More than sixty foreign languages are spoken in the homes of South Orange-Maplewood students and ESL instruction is provided to students who are in need.
Private and Parochial Schools Near Maplewood / South Orange:
For those looking for private or parochial education, the following schools are just a few of the many excellent options near Maplewood & South Orange.
The Pingry School
Golda Och Academy
Kent Place School
Saint Patrick’s School – Chatham
The Peck School
Montclair Kimberley Academy
The Morristown Beard School
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
Seton Hall Prep
The quick commute to NYC is one of the many reasons people flock to Maplewood NJ. Pick up a cup of coffee, jump on a New Jersey Transit train and you are in the city in 30-minutes or less! The Midtown Direct trains bring commuters directly into New York City’s Penn Station and the Hoboken Line brings commuters to Hoboken, NJ, where Ferries and Path trains provide connections to lower Manhattan. The Maplewood train station is within walking distance of many neighborhoods. Annual parking passes in Maplewood are available for $210 or you can purchase a combination jitney/parking pass for $232. Maplewood Jitney service to the train station is available to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Major highways are easily accessible from Maplewood and provide easy driving to and from New York, Newark, and all points north, south, east, and west. Area airports are also with.