Madison is well known as a community with exceptional educational resources and is home to three universities and colleges–Drew University (www.drew.edu), Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College of Florham (www.fdu.edu) and the College of Saint Elizabeth (www.cse.edu).
Each college offers a full range of undergraduate liberal arts, pre-professional and professional majors as well as daytime, evening and weekend graduate courses and degree programs. Students enrolled at any campus are able to take certain courses at the other two. Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson allow high school students to enroll and receive university credit for courses on a space available basis.
The Madison School District is well regarded for its broad-based curriculum, statewide rankings and the high level of individual support given to each student. Over 70 percent of faculty members possess advanced degrees and over 90 percent of Madison High School graduates attend institutions of higher learning with many admitted to the nation’s most prestigious universities.
The district provides a comprehensive K-12 curriculum providing challenging and rigorous courses of study in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages (Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese), music, visual and performing arts, computer sciences, health and physical education. Advanced study opportunities are provided to gifted and talented students at every level, and educationally disabled students are provided with a full continuum of educational supports. Madison High School provides students with the opportunity to participate in 18 Advanced Placement programs.
The Madison School District is also committed to providing a rich and comprehensive extracurricular program. Madison High School features 45 boys and girls athletic teams spanning 18 sports. Competing in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), Madison High School teams have earned an ample array of conference, county and state titles. Music students participate in orchestra, band and chorus beginning in elementary school. Numerous Madison High School music students are chosen annually to participate in regional and state select performing groups. The schools also partner with the Madison-based New Jersey Playwrights Theater to provide playwriting and drama experiences to our students.
Madison High School is often cited in statewide and national rankings. The school is currently recognized as one of America’s outstanding high schools by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek magazines.
Recently, Madison High School students have been recognized as Intel Science Search Finalists, Presidential Scholars, Davidson Fellows and National Merit Finalists. Athletic programs include 21 boys, girls and co-ed sports, many of which compete annually for state titles.
The high school student body includes students from adjacent Harding Township (New Vernon) through a receiving relationship, as the Harding schools operate K-8.
In addition to the public schools, Madison has private nursery schools, Montessori preschools and kindergartens, and an award-winning parochial elementary school, St. Vincent Martyr School (www.rosenet.org/svm).
Other educational offerings are available through the Adult School of Madison, Chatham and Florham Park and the Madison Public Library (www.rosenet.org/library), via a partnership in which Drew University faculty teach adult “mini courses” at the library.