Top 10 Best Essex County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 248 public schools serving 140,037 students in Essex County, NJ (there are 97 private schools, serving 16,150 private students). 90% of all K-12 students in Essex County, NJ are educated in public schools (compared to the NJ state average of 86%).
The top ranked public schools in Essex County, NJ are Glenwood School, Deerfield School and South Mountain School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Essex County, NJ public schools have an average math proficiency score of 21% (versus the New Jersey public school average of 26%), and reading proficiency score of 43% (versus the 47% statewide average). Schools in Essex County have an average ranking of 3/10, which is in the bottom 50% of New Jersey public schools.
Minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the New Jersey public school average of 60% (majority Hispanic).

Best Essex County Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Glenwood School
Math: 80-84% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
325 Taylor Road South
Short Hills, NJ 07078
(973) 379-7576
Grades: K-4
| 376 students
Rank: #2 - 42. - 4.
Deerfield School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
26 Troy Lane
Short Hills, NJ 07078
(973) 379-4843
Grades: K-4
| 424 students
Rank: #2 - 42. - 4.
South Mountain School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2 Southern Slope Drive
Millburn, NJ 07041
(973) 921-1394
Grades: PK-4
| 288 students
Rank: #2 - 42. - 4.
Wyoming School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
55 Myrtle Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041
(973) 761-1619
Grades: K-4
| 343 students
Rank: #55.
Millburn Middle School
Math: 66% | Reading: 83%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
25 Old Short Hills Rd
Millburn, NJ 07041
(973) 379-2600
Grades: 6-8
| 1,164 students
Rank: #66.
Millburn High School
Math: 66% | Reading: 82%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
462 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041
(973) 564-7130
Grades: 9-12
| 1,343 students
Rank: #77.
Hartshorn School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
400 Hartshorn Drive
Short Hills, NJ 07078
(973) 379-7550
Grades: K-4
| 432 students
Rank: #88.
Essex Fells Elementary School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
102 Hawthorne Rd
Essex Fells, NJ 07021
(973) 226-0505
Grades: PK-6
| 253 students
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Harrison Elementary School
Math: 65% | Reading: 74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
148 North Livingston Ave
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: K-5
| 483 students
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Hillside Elementary School
Math: 65% | Reading: 74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
98 Belmont Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: K-5
| 417 students
Rank: #1111.
Washington School
Math: 63% | Reading: 75%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
71 Spring Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
(973) 218-7500
Grades: 5
| 378 students
Rank: #1212.
Glen Ridge High School
Math: 57% | Reading: 77%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
200 Ridgewood Ave
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
(973) 429-8303
Grades: 7-12
| 827 students
Rank: #1313.
Mount Pleasant Elementary School
Math: 65% | Reading: 71%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
11 Broadlawn Dr
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: K-5
| 435 students
Rank: #1414.
Stem Innovation Of The Oranges
Math: 50-59% | Reading: ≥80%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
445 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 677-4190
Grades: 9-12
| 164 students
Rank: #1515.
Mount Pleasant Middle School
Math: 61% | Reading: 70%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
11 Broadlawn Dr
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: 6
| 477 students
Rank: #1616.
Grandview Elementary School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
35 Hamilton Dr East
Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973) 712-4400
Grades: PK-3
| 399 students
Rank: #1717.
Livingston High School
Math: 50% | Reading: 78%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
30 Robert Harp Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: 9-12
| 1,971 students
Rank: #1818.
Collins Elementary School
Math: 58% | Reading: 69%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
67 Martin Rd
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: K-5
| 449 students
Rank: #1919.
Riker Hill Elementary School
Math: 59% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
31 Blackstone Dr
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: K-5
| 431 students
Rank: #2020.
Science Park High School
Math: 47% | Reading: 77%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
260 Norfolk Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-8689
Grades: 7-12
| 918 students
Rank: #2121.
Ridgewood Avenue School
Math: 55% | Reading: 66%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
235 Ridgewood Ave
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
(973) 429-8306
Grades: 3-6
| 526 students
Rank: #2222.
Jefferson Elementary School
Math: 50% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
518 Ridgewood Rd
Maplewood, NJ 07040
(973) 378-7696
Grades: 3-5
| 418 students
Rank: #2323.
Burnet Hill Elementary School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
25 Byron Place
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: PK-5
| 449 students
Rank: #2424.
Gould/mountain Elementary School
Math: 44% | Reading: 68%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
132 Gould Ave
Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973) 712-4400
Grades: 4-6
| 294 students
Rank: #2525.
Heritage Middle School
Math: 40% | Reading: 73%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
20 Foxcroft Dr
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-8000
Grades: 7-8
| 1,014 students
Rank: #2626.
West Essex High School
Math: 47% | Reading: 65%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
65 West Greenbrook Rd
Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973) 228-1200
Grades: 9-12
| 1,048 students
Rank: #2727.
Montclair High School
Math: 42% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
100 Chestnut St
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 509-4100
Grades: 9-12
| 1,998 students
Rank: #2828.
Technology High School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
223 Broadway
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 481-5962
Grades: 9-12
| 685 students
Rank: #2929.
Hillside Elementary School
Math: 46% | Reading: 62%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
54 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 509-4200
Grades: 3-5
| 494 students
Rank: #30 - 3230. - 32.
Charles H. Bullock School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
55 Washington Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 509-4255
Grades: K-5
| 415 students
Rank: #30 - 3230. - 32.
The Gray Charter School
Charter School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
55 Liberty Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 824-6661
Grades: K-8
| 355 students
Rank: #30 - 3230. - 32.
St. Cloud Elementary School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
71 Sheridan Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 669-5393
Grades: K-5
| 398 students
Rank: #3333.
Tuscan Elementary School
Math: 48% | Reading: 60%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
25 Harvard Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040
(973) 378-5221
Grades: K-5
| 568 students
Rank: #3434.
Lester C Noecker
Math: 48% | Reading: 57%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
100 Passaic Ave
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 226-7644
Grades: PK-6
| 465 students
Rank: #35 - 3635. - 36.
Lincoln Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
18 Crane St
Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973) 228-3987
Grades: K-5
| 252 students
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Essex County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
75 Morton St
Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 317-8361
Grades: 6-8
| 255 students
74 Montgomery St
Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 733-6911
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
15 James St
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 297-1275
Grades: K-8
| 331 students
43 Alexander St
Newark, NJ 07106
(973) 374-2390
Grades: 1-8
| 385 students
100 Linden Avenue
Irvington, NJ 07111
(973) 399-6847
Grades: K-5
| 310 students
90 Parker Street
Newark, NJ 07104
(973) 268-5125
Grades: 9-12
| 1,263 students
209 Franklin Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 412-2206
Grades: 9-12
| 509 students
15 Boylan St
Newark, NJ 07106
(973) 374-2490
Grades: PK-K
| 57 students
103 Bragaw Ave
Newark, NJ 07104
(973) 705-3970
Grades: K-8
| 250 students
228 Ridge St
Newark, NJ 07104
(973) 268-5220
Grades: PK-4
| n/a students
180 Oraton St
Newark, NJ 07104
(973) 268-5340
Grades: PK-4
| 290 students
28 Burnet St
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-7138
Grades: PK-8
| 213 students
321 Bergen St
Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 733-3870
Grades: 5-8
| 287 students
123 Cleveland Street
Orange, NJ 07050
(973) 673-0746
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
255 Chancellor Ave
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 705-3860
Grades: K-2
| 141 students
36 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Irvington, NJ 07111
Grades: K-5
| 233 students
534 Clinton Ave
Newark, NJ 07108
(973) 733-6970
Grades: PK
| 67 students
33 Maple Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 733-6234
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
26 Speedway Avenue
Newark, NJ 07106
(973) 733-6234
Grades: PK
| 57 students
229 18th Ave
Newark, NJ 07108
(973) 733-6824
Grades: PK-8
| 218 students
557 Fifteenth Ave
Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 733-6924
Grades: PK-8
| 224 students
279 Chancellor Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 508-4334
Grades: 6-12
| 116 students
72 Central Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 242-3543
Grades: 5-8
| 212 students
15 Smalley Place
Irvington, NJ 07111
(973) 372-5601
Grades: 9-12
| 16 students
1064 Clinton Avenue
Irvington, NJ 07111
Grades: PK
| 75 students
746 Sanford Avenue
Newark, NJ 07106
(973) 623-9005
Grades: K-8
| 460 students
663 Broadway
Newark, NJ 07104
(973) 268-5330
Grades: 5-8
| 552 students
211 Sherman Ave
Newark, NJ 07102
(201) 526-8500
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
823 S 16th St
Newark, NJ 07108
(973) 374-2890
Grades: PK-5
| 405 students
33 Maple Ave
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 705-3850
Grades: K-8
| 365 students
108 South 9th St
Newark, NJ 07107
(973) 733-7368
Grades: K-8
| 375 students
236 Hoover Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 259-1870
Grades: 7-12
| 112 students
909 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 642-4400
Grades: 5-10
| 494 students
70 Spring Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
(201) 343-6000
Grades: PK-12
| 3 students
66 Muhammad Ali Avenue
Newark, NJ 07108
(973) 733-6815
Grades: PK-8
| 499 students
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Essex County, NJ?
The top ranked public schools in Essex County, NJ include Glenwood School, Deerfield School and South Mountain School.
How many public schools are located in Essex County, NJ?
248 public schools are located in Essex County, NJ.
What percentage of students in Essex County, NJ go to public school?
90% of all K-12 students in Essex County, NJ are educated in public schools (compared to the NJ state average of 86%).
What is the racial composition of students in Essex County, NJ?
Essex County, NJ public schools minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the New Jersey public schools average of 60% (majority Hispanic).

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