Top Elementary, Middle, & High Schools in Essex County, NJ
If you are a parent looking to move with your children, finding the right school is an essential part in deciding where to live. To help you with your decision, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best elementary, middle, and high schools near our Essex County apartments.
Elementary & Middle Schools
Redwood Elementary School
75 Redwood Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
- 9/10 rating from greatschools.org
- 91% math proficiency
- 591 students
- West Mill Gardens (.2 miles away)
Redwood Elementary School is one of the largest elementary schools in the West Orange School District. This school has an active PTA that plans family math and literacy events, book fairs, science fairs, and other school spirit events. The school also hosts various events to help those in the community, such as a Girl Scout Coat Drive, Canned Food Drive, and walkathons.
Oak View Elementary School
150 Garrabrant Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
- 9/10 rating on greatschools.org
- 12:1 student to teacher ratio
- 366 students
- Oakes Pond at Bloomfield (3.2 miles away)
Oak View Elementary School has an outstanding 95 percent math literacy rating and 91 percent overall proficiency rating. Students of Oak View Elementary scored almost 20 percent higher on PARCC Language Arts tests than other districts within New Jersey, according to schooldigger.com. The schools mascot is a Bengal and its colors are blue and orange.
H.B. Whitehorne Middle School
600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044
- 9/10 rating on greatschools.org
- 86% proficiency in Algebra I. (50% higher than state average.)
- 736 students
- Beacon Hill (1.6 miles away)
- Linwood Village (0.8 miles away)
The school is split into the “Olmstead House” and “Carnegie House.” This middle school also offers a variety of extracurricular clubs for students such as band, soccer, basketball, and even a Lego Robotics Club. Students who graduate from H.B. Whitehorne will advance to Verona High School. In 2016, the school had a student who was a semifinalist in the National Geographic State Bee.
Verona High School
151 Fairview Ave., Verona, NJ 07044
- 609 total students
- 99% graduation rate
- 75% AP® Examination passing rate
- Beacon Hill (1.9 miles away)
- Linwood Village (0.7 miles away)
The Washington Post considers this school one of the most challenging high schools in the entire nation. The school offers 16 Advanced Placement Courses and approximately 85 percent of its students go on to four-year colleges. Outside of the classroom, the school has won 34 state and conference championships over the past five years, and is well known for its drama and performing arts program. Fun fact: This school is the only one in New Jersey whose mascot is “the hillbilly.”
James Caldwell High School
265 Westville Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
- 793 total students
- 8/10 rating on greatschools.org
- 95% graduation rate
- Parkside Gardens (1.5 miles away)
New Jersey Monthly ranked James Caldwell High School as one of the top 100 high schools in the state. Most classrooms have 11 students for every teacher. There are 16 AP level classes available to students. In sports, the school has won state titles in softball, girls’ volleyball, boys’ tennis, and wrestling. The school also has clubs aimed at helping the surrounding community, such as Project HELP, Interact Club, and Key Club.