The North Essex Chamber of Commerce is the official Chamber of Commerce for 9 towns in Essex County, New Jersey: Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Montclair, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona and West Caldwell. The following provides an overview of schools in our area and a summary of each town.
Education in the North Essex County Region
Schools in North Essex consistently score an A+ for educational excellence. Five different school districts serve the area and rank among New Jersey’s most elite, due in large part to a challenging curriculum, state-of-the-art computer equipment, small class sizes, and top-notch educators. Parents tend to be very involved, demanding excellence from the school system and giving generously of their time on school boards, committees, projects and with classroom assistance. Schools are large enough to offer a full range of educational options and directions, and small enough so that students don’t get lost in the system.
The New Jersey Department of Education has awarded some of the area’s schools with “Star School” and “Best Practice” designations for their cutting-edge approach to effective teaching. In particular, Montclair schools have been singled out for such distinction, operating a series of magnet schools, designed to enhance curriculum as well as achieve racial and economic balance. In addition, private schools at the elementary and high school levels, offer fabulous educational opportunities.
Coined “University County,” the North Essex area is considered the largest center of higher education in the state, offering numerous opportunities for students of all ages who wish to take advantage of continuing education. The area does not disappoint at the collegiate level. Montclair State University is one of the largest universities in the state, with more than 13,000 students divided into five academic schools. Essex County College, with one of its campuses located in West Caldwell, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, offering students associate degrees in a number of subject areas that transfer to four-year colleges. They also offer customized training in state-of-the-art computer labs for interested individuals and businesses. Finally, Caldwell Univeristy is a Catholic liberal arts college offering 27 undergraduate majors and seven graduate majors.
Caldwell, now encompassing just 1.2 square miles, is a full-service community with small-town charm. Its population of 7,584 people enjoys a range of housing styles and sizes from early Victorian masterpieces to fully-modern condos and townhouse units. Caldwell boasts an abundance of local stores and shops that reflect the upscale mood of the community, a movie theater, as well as close proximity to the large Willowbrook and Livingston Malls.
An excellent school district serves the communities of Caldwell and West Caldwell with four elementary buildings, a middle school and a high school. With small class sizes, excellent teachers, computer access, and noteworthy student achievement, the district is rated among New Jersey’s “Top 50 Schools.” Caldwell is also home to a well-stocked public library. The 42-acre Grover Cleveland Homestead boasts a beautiful park designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmstead with lighted tennis courts, baseball fields, a playground and a pond perfect for families to enjoy fishing or ice skating. A big draw to residents young and old is the new Caldwell Community Center, complete with a pool, gymnasium and fitness center.
Borough of Caldwell