Having access to first-rate education, from early childhood education through graduate studies, is a significant part of life in North Essex.
PRE-K TO 12 SCHOOLS
Five illustrious public school districts serve students in North Essex—West Essex Regional School District, the Caldwell-West Caldwell School System, Cedar Grove School System, Verona Public Schools and Montclair Public Schools. The districts rank among the finest in the state, with many of the individual facilities earning various awards and recognitions for excellence in education and effective teaching tools on a regular basis.
A rigorous traditional curriculum is supplemented by a variety of options for talented and gifted courses, continuing education, partnerships with local colleges/universities, special education programs, and a number of elective courses. Small class sizes, attractive student-to-teacher ratios, the availability of technology in the classrooms, and access to a host of extracurricular activities and clubs are among the further advantages of attending North Essex schools. Additionally, parent involvement in the schools only enhances the quality of education.
Alternatives to the public school route are offered through a number of private and parochial institutions throughout North Essex. Among the many options are Lacordaire Academy in Montclair, which offers co-ed pre-K through eighth grade curriculum and curriculum for young women only in grades 9-12, and Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, a private high school for young women only. There are also ample early childhood education and day care facilities located throughout the county for busy parents looking to get their child’s education started on the right foot.
Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools operates four facilities in the region, including the West Caldwell Tech Campus. The school offers both general education and special education options. The campus’ full-time program brings together an excellent academic curriculum with vocational-technical instruction in a variety of career fields. Students may also choose the shared-time route, which allows them to attend their local high school while taking vocational-technical classes at the campus as well.
North Essex, or “University County,” is home to the largest hub of higher education opportunities in New Jersey. Essex County College, a two-year public community college, is a great starting point for many graduating high school seniors, and its West Caldwell Campus stands as the fastest-growing site in its extensive network of facilities. The campus offers both credit and non-credit courses, continuing education programs, and business services including customized training options.
Caldwell College is a four-year, Catholic, liberal arts institution offering 28 majors of study to approximately 2,300 students each year. Offering a larger campus in the area, Montclair State University enrolls nearly 17,500 undergraduate and graduate students who take advantage of more than 250 majors, minors and concentrations within six schools and colleges. Further options for higher learning within close proximity to North Essex include Berkeley College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, and the University of Medicine & Dentistry, all located in Newark, as well as Seton Hall in West Orange, the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, Princeton University in Princeton and a multitude of others in New York City.