The Berkeley Heights schools are considered among the finest in New Jersey. The local Board of Education is responsible for four elementary schools, a middle school, and Governor Livingston High School, which is a regional facility serving Mountainside residents as well. Total school enrollment for the 2006/2007 school year is 2860 pupils. The high school population numbers 1028, and the school is well known for its high percentage of National Merit Scholars and the high achievement of its students on state and national tests. Governor Livingston High School offers many advanced placement courses, and the average SAT scores are above 1100, well above the state and national averages. The school enjoys a 1:10 faculty-pupil ratio and 96% of the high school graduates move on to some form of higher education.
Berkeley Heights has received national recognition for its Highlander Marching Band and Pipers, comprised of students from the high school. They have appeared and performed at many prestigious events—locally, nationally and internationally—and have won many competitions.
The Borough provides a complete and excellent pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educational system, including a pre-school handicapped program, two schools for grades K-6, and a middle school and high school, both located in one facility. New Providence High School students consistently score among the highest in the state on all tests, and a very high percentage (98%) of graduates go on to higher education programs each fall. Many honors courses are offered and the high school boasts several National Merit finalists and commended scholars each year. Total enrollment (2006-2007) for the district is 2219 students. In addition, Union County College sponsors a number of evening classes at New Providence High School each semester.
New Providence is also home to Our Lady of Peace School, a parochial institution for students in grades pre-K through 8.
Education is an important criterion many people use when determining the best place to buy a home, and Summit has one of the best school districts in New Jersey. Its high school has been ranked in the top ten in the state. 95% of the graduating senior class continues their education, with more than 86% attending competitive four-year colleges. The 2006 high school graduates attend 111 different institutions across the country. The school system consists of five elementary schools, a middle school, and the high school. The high school students consistently score well on state and national tests, and the average combined SAT scores are approximately 1200, well above state and national averages. (93% of seniors take the SAT test.) Many students take advanced placement courses and there are many National Merit scholars each year. Total district enrollment in 2006-2007 is 3738 pupils, with 970 of that number in the high school.
In addition to the public schools, there are several independent schools in the city. Kent Place School, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, and Oratory Prep are all exceptional educational institutions whose reputations—and student bodies—extend far beyond Summit’s borders. Also, St. Teresa of Avila School offers pre-K and Kindergarten classes to area residents.
Nursery schools and day care/child care facilities both public and private are plentiful in the three communities, and many young children attend classes and programs on a regular basis. Several special schools for children with disabilities are located in New Providence and serve families from the wider northern New Jersey area. Although no institutions of higher learning call the chamber of commerce service area home, there are many prominent colleges and universities located nearby: Rutgers/The State University, Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall, Drew, Kean, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, The College of St. Elizabeth, Stevens Institute, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In addition, Union County College, a two-year community college, offers programs in varied disciplines.