Area Schools

Preschools
SCHOOL & CONTACT INFORMATIONOVERVIEW
Children’s Academy (Ages 2 1/2-6 1/2)
37 Church Mall
Springfield, NJ 07081
973-379-3524
https://www.childrensacademy.net
Far Brook School (Pre-K thru 8th Grade)
52 Great Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-3442
farbrook.org
Farbrook is a pre-k through 8th grade private school, whose statement of purpose is “It is our desire to touch the lives of children so they may live life wisely and with great joy.” Pre-k, or Nursery, is for four year olds; with half day 8am-12pm, and full day 8 am-3 pm. Early morning drop off and extended care are available daily.
Golda Och Academy (Grades Pre-K-5)
Wilf Lower School Campus
122 Gregory Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-602-3757
https://www.goldaochacademy.org
Golda Och Academy is the preeminent preparatory school for Jewish education in New Jersey. An accredited, independent private school, it educates students in state-of-the-art facilities that serve to unlock their potential by cultivating critical thinking skills and nurturing intellectual curiosity. Guided by an exceptional faculty and a meaningful partnership between school and home, students develop a love of learning, a personal relationship with the State of Israel and its people, and a commitment to the betterment of the world.
Gumedia Nutritional Sciences School
169 Central Avenue Retail A
City of Orange, NJ 07050
(856) 542-7833
https://gumediaschool.com
Gumedia Nutritional Sciences School, located in Orange, just 10 min from the South Orange/Maplewood border is an amazing daycare center run by Ivy and her mom. Ivy also went to Far Brook School (and later MKA) together, and a lot of Gumedia's teaching philosophy reflects the holistic approach to learning experienced at Far Brook. Ivy's mom, Ms. Betty, was a chemist at Hoffmann-La Roche for over 30 years and she infuses the curriculum with her deep understanding of STEM principles, tailored for young kids. Her science background also lends itself to consistent adherence to COVID protocols including fully vaccinated staff, UV light sterilization, and frequent hand washing. The school provides all snacks and meals with a plant-based menu and also has a private garden where kids can plant herbs, tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers and eggplants that can either be taken home to their families or incorporated into the menu.

They're currently enrolling for preschool, pre-K and a transitional kindergarten program and also provide after school care. For more questions or to request a tour, you can call (856) 542-7833 and leave a message, or email gumedia.nutrition@gmail.com.
Hedwig Gruenewald Early Childhood Center (15 mos thru Age 4)
of Congregation B’nai Israel
160 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-379-4040
https://www.cbi-nj.org/learning/hgecc
A welcoming environment, open to the community, where Jewish customs, holidays, Shabbat and basic Jewish concepts are part of our daily life.” The Hedwig Gruenewald Early Childcare Center offers child/caregiver classes for toddlers 15-23 months, a transitional 2s program which starts with caregivers and evolves into a drop-off class, and preschool classes for 2, 3, and 4 year-olds. Extended day available 8:30 – 2:45.
Hudson Way Immersion School (Preschool thru Grade 8)
587 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-598-8088
https://www.hwis.org
Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education (Ages 2 – 4)
of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-4600
https://www.tsti.org/early-childhood-center
JCC Metrowest Early Childhood (6 wks thru Age 5)
Leon & Toby Cooperman Building (Ross Family Campus)
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-530-3479
https://www.jccmetrowest.org/programs/early-childhood/#overview
The Kinder Gan Preschool (Ages 2 -5)
120 Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-7455
https://www.KinderGanpreschool.org
Kinderenrichment (Children must be 5 yrs old by January 1st of the year of entry)
550 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
201-306-2558
https://www.millburncoop.org/kinderenrichment
Our program is a 5s bridge program for children that miss the cutoff or just need one more year before entering elementary school.
Le Parc Place (Ages 2 1/2 – 5)
195 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-616-1968 or 973-762-3077
https://www.leparcplace.com
Mickey Fried Nursery School (Ages 2-5)
of Oheb Shalom Congregation
170 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-7069
https://www.mickeyfriedpreschool.org
Mickey Fried Preschool believes that children learn as they play. It offers a warm, creative environment where each child’s unique style of living and learning is valued and nurtured. The preschool offers extended hours (8:00am – 6:00pm). Perfect for working parents. Contact the school to schedule a tour.
Millburn Co-Op Nursery School (Ages 2 -4)
951 Ridgewood Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-379-2778
https://www.millburncoop.org
Millburn Cooperative Nursery School is a multi-age program with an emphasis on socialization and independence. Learning is inspired by children’s spontaneous curiosity. Children play outside every day and grow at their own pace. As a co-op, parents participate in the classroom every day.
Montclair Cooperative School (Ages 3-14)
65 Chestnut Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
201-306-2558
https://www.montclaircoop.org
Montclair Cooperative School is a community of students, teachers and parents dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment and providing rigorous academics through an experiential curriculum. Children flourish intellectually and develop social skills along with a deep sense of community responsibility.
The Montessori Children’s Academy in Short Hills (Ages 2 1/2 – 12)
200 Hartshorn Drive
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-258-1400
https://www.themontessorichildrensacademy.com
Montrose Early Childhood Center (Ages 3 & 4)
South Orange-Maplewood School District
973-378-2086
https://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/montrose/
The Montrose Early Childhood Center offers a unique program of early childhood education for every student. As an individualized program, our focus is on each child’s developmental needs. We promote a positive, secure, and inclusive environment, enabling each child to grow with a sense of joy and wonderment. Renée Joyce is the Director of the Montrose Early Childhood Center since its opening in September of 2015. Ms. Joyce has been in the field of education for 32 years and most of that time with early childhood students and their families.
Morrow Memorial Preschool (Ages 2 1/2 – 5)
600 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-5460
https://www.morrowpreschool.org
Neighborhood House Nursery School (Ages 2 1/2 – 4)
12 Taylor Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-0739
https://www.neighborhoodhousenursery.org
The Nursery at Our Lady of Sorrows School (Ages 6 weeks – 3yrs)
162 Academy Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-4040
https://www.thenurseryatols.org
Open Door Nursery School (Ages 2 1/2 – 5)
432 Wyoming Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-9303
https://www.opendoornurseryschool.com
For more than 40 years, Open Door has provided positive, enriching experiences for preschoolers. It offers a play based curriculum that fosters the emotional, social, physical and intellectual development of its students. The goal is to encourage each child to be self-confident and independent. Open Door wants its students to think critically and love learning!
Playhouse (Ages 2 1/2 – 5)
88 Franklin Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-736-9451
https://www.PlayhouseOnline.org
Prospect Cooperative Preschool (Ages 2-5)
646 Prospect Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-8955
https://www.prospectpreschool.org
Prospect Cooperative Preschool school fosters creativity, confidence, and socialization through intentional play and meaningful exploratory learning. Our students thrive in an inclusive and community-driven environment, which offers parents and caregivers the unique opportunity to play an integral role in their child’s early education through direct classroom participation. Prospect offers morning and afternoon classes for children ages 2 1/2 through 5 with optional enrichment and lunch bunch programs.
The Red Oaks School (Ages 3-6)
21 Cutler Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-539-7853
https://www.RedOaksSchool.org/academics/early-childhood
South Mountain Nature School (Ages 2-8)
South Mountain Reservation
Essex County
973-219-2392
https://www.southmountainnatureschool.com
South Mountain Nature School offers Forest Preschool, Caregiver & Child Class, After School Class, and Summer Camp in the South Mountain Reservation. Its nature immersion curriculum is taught by Cedarsong Way-certified and NJ State-certified teachers. Classes help develop a deep connection with nature and inspire cooperative play.
The South Mountain YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center (Ages 6 weeks to 4)
10 W. Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-762-0860
https://www.smountainymca.org
facebook.com/southmountainy
The South Mountain YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center offers 7am to 7pm childcare programs, preschool, and enrichment classes to children from the age of 6 weeks through preschool. The South Mountain YMCA also provides summer camp, afterschool care, and enrichment programming for school-aged children and teens. “As the largest childcare provider in Maplewood, the Y offers a childcare program with families in mind and creates an environment where your child will thrive.”
South Orange Country Day School (Ages 2 1/2 – 5)
461 Vose Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-6451
https://www.socds.com
We want to support students as they explore and make sense of their world. We strive to prepare students to leave SOCDS with: an ability to clearly communicate their needs and to resolve conflict by articulating the facts a respect for our environment and the choices that we make every day an ability to interact with and respect all people, regardless of learning style and preference, appearance, or experiences a desire to explore new learning environments, and to have the skills to be self directed learners in any learning setting.
St. Rose of Lima Academy (Ages 2 1/2 – 4)
52 Short Hills Ave.
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-3973
https://www.srlacademy.org
St. Stephen’s Preschool (Ages 4 months – 6 yrs)
119 Main St.
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-0688
https://www.ststephensmillburn.org/preschool
Thelma K. Reisman Preschool (Ages 10 mos to 5 yrs)
of Beth El
222 Irvington Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-0113
https://www.bethelnj.org/learn/preschool/mission-and-philosophy
Led by Director Danielle Weitz, Beth El’s Thelma K. Reisman Preschool offers education and enrichment for children ages 12 months to five years old, as well as programs for parents and families. The school offers early drop off and extended day, as well as a summer camp.
Totri (Ages 2 1/2 – 6)
465 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-761-4309
https://www.totrichildcare.com
TSTI Iris Family Center Preschool Program (Ages 2 – 5)
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-4600
https://www.tsti.org/early-childhood-center
The Iris Family Center focuses on each child’s developmental needs and promotes a positive, secure and accepting environment. Rituals are introduced in an age-appropriate manner, in an atmosphere conducive to curiosity and wonder. A love of nature is instilled through use of three outdoor classrooms and a campground.
Village Babies Development Center (Ages 6 weeks – 5yrs)
401 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-378-5906
https://www.villagebabies.com
Weekday Cooperative Preschool (Ages 2 1/2 – 4)
111 Irvington Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-7879
https://www.weekdaynurserycoop.org
Work and Play (Ages 0 – 5)
19 Prospect St.
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-327-4729
https://www.workandplaynj.com/south-orange-nj/play/
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, Work and Play’s early childhood education program, led by Rebecca Gartman, is fluid, dynamic and responsive. Children lead the curriculum as they engage in meaningful play and project work based on their inherent interests. In the multi-age setting, teachers are partners in children’s learning, sparking thought and extending thinking with rich language, continued observation, and reflection.

At Work and Play, teachers make thoughtful choices based on the individual needs of each child. Teachers mindfully plan for each day. They value the power of the learning environment and strive to create beautiful and complex spaces that encourage collaboration, creativity, and wonder. Teachers carefully select materials to provoke thinking and questioning, inspire exploration and investigating, and problem-solving.

The Work and Play team collaborate with children and families to ensure the early childhood experiences and routines will engage and support the growth and development of a child’s early years.
K-12 Schools
SCHOOL & CONTACT INFORMATIONSCHOOL ADMINISTRATION/ HOURSGRADE LEVEL
Columbia High School
17 Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Ph. (973) 762-5600
Fax (973) 378-7607
http://www.columbiahsa.org/
Dr. Kalisha Morgan, Interim Principal
Ms. Melissa Butler, Assistant Principal
Mr. Kevin Mason, Assistant Principal
Ms. Cheryline Hewitt, Assistant Principal
Mr. Terry Woolard, Assistant Principal
School hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:01 p.m.
Grades 9 – 12
ESL classes offered
Maplewood Middle School
7 Burnet Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Ph. (973) 378-7660
Fax (973) 378-5247
http://www.mmshsa.org/
Ms. Dara Gronau, Principal
Mr. Louis Brown, Assistant Principal
Mr. Dion Patterson, Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:15 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Grades 6-8
ESL classes offered
South Orange Middle School
70 North Ridgewood Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
Ph. (973) 378-2772
Fax (973) 378-2771
http://www.somshsa.org/
Ms. Lynn A. Irby, Principal
Mr. James Jennings, Assistant Principal
Mr. James Waldron, Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:15 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Grades 6 – 8
Clinton Elementary School
27 Berkshire Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Ph. (973) 378-7686
Fax (973) 378-5241
http://www.clintonelementary.org/
Mrs. Ethel Minchello, Interim Principal
Ms. Sandy Smith, Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:05 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Grades K – 5
ESL classes offered
Jefferson Elementary School
518 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Ph. (973) 378-7696
Fax (973) 378-7692
http://marshalljefferson.org/
Ms. Kimberly Hutchinson, Principal
Mr. Angel Rivera,
Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:05 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Grades 3 – 5
Marshall Elementary School
262 Grove Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
Ph. (973) 378-7698
Fax (973) 378-5243
http://marshalljefferson.org/
Ms. Raquel Horn, Principal
Ms. Laura Swyberius, Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Grades K – 2
Montrose Early Childhood Center
356 Clark Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
Ph. (973) 378-2086
Fax (973) 378-2085
https://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/montrose/
Ms. Bonita Samuels, Principal
School hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
PreK
ELLI Program
Preschool Disabled Program
Seth Boyden Elementary Demonstration School
274 Boyden Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Ph. (973) 378-5209
Fax (973) 378-5244
http://sethboyden.com/
Ms. Shannon Glander, Principal
Ms. Sheila Murphy, Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Grades K – 5
South Mountain Elementary School
444 West South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079
Ph. (973) 378-5216
Fax (973) 763-5620
http://smsuperstars.com/
Ms. Alyna Jacobs, Principal
Ms. Shane Zeigler, Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Grades K – 5
South Mountain Elementary Annex
112 Glenview Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
Ph. (973) 378-2801
Fax (973) 378-2033
http://smsuperstars.com/
Ms. Alyna Jacobs, Principal
Ms. Shane Zeigler, Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Grades K – 1
Tuscan Elementary School
25 Harvard Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Ph. (973) 378-5221
Fax (973) 378-7626
http://www.tuscanpta.org/
Ms. Malikah Majeed, Principal
Mr. Brad Bertani, Assistant Principal
School hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Grades K – 5