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For the 2021 school year, there are 244 public schools serving 136,627 students in Essex County, NJ. Essex County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in New Jersey.
The top ranked public schools in Essex County, NJ are Glenwood School, Deerfield School and Essex Fells Elementary 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 38% (versus the New Jersey public school average of 42%), and reading proficiency score of 52% (versus the 55% statewide average). Schools in Essex County have an average ranking of 4/10, which is in the bottom 50% of New Jersey public schools.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the New Jersey public school average of 56% (majority Hispanic).

Top Essex County Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Glenwood School Math: 90-94% | Reading: ≥95%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    325 Taylor Road South
    Short Hills, NJ 07078
    (973) 379-7576

    Grades: K-4 | 367 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Deerfield School Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    26 Troy Lane
    Short Hills, NJ 07078
    (973) 379-4843

    Grades: K-4 | 438 students
  • Rank: #3-43.-4.
    Essex Fells Elementary School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    102 Hawthorne Rd
    Essex Fells, NJ 07021
    (973) 226-0505

    Grades: PK-6 | 228 students
  • Rank: #3-43.-4.
    Wyoming School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    55 Myrtle Ave
    Millburn, NJ 07041
    (973) 761-1619

    Grades: K-4 | 310 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Hartshorn School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    400 Hartshorn Drive
    Short Hills, NJ 07078
    (973) 379-7550

    Grades: K-4 | 423 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Mount Pleasant Elementary School Math: 86% | Reading: 88%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    11 Broadlawn Dr
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 535-8000

    Grades: K-5 | 431 students
  • Rank: #77.
    South Mountain School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2 Southern Slope Drive
    Millburn, NJ 07041
    (973) 921-1394

    Grades: PK-4 | 318 students
  • Rank: #88.
    Gould/mountain Elementary School Math: 79% | Reading: 92%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    132 Gould Ave
    Caldwell, NJ 07006
    (973) 712-4400

    Grades: 4-6 | 287 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Washington School Math: 84% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    71 Spring Street
    Millburn, NJ 07041
    (973) 376-3600

    Grades: 5 | n/a student
  • Rank: #1010.
    Riker Hill Elementary School Math: 83% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    31 Blackstone Dr
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 535-8000

    Grades: K-5 | 399 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    Millburn Middle School Math: 80% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    25 Old Short Hills Rd
    Millburn, NJ 07041
    (973) 379-2600

    Grades: 6-8 | 1,137 student
  • Rank: #1212.
    Hillside Elementary School Math: 78% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    98 Belmont Drive
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 535-8000

    Grades: K-5 | 395 students
  • Rank: #1313.
    Ridgewood Avenue School Math: 80% | Reading: 84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    235 Ridgewood Ave
    Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
    (973) 429-8306

    Grades: 3-6 | 594 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Heritage Middle School Math: 75% | Reading: 89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    20 Foxcroft Dr
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 535-8000

    Grades: 7-8 | 959 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Robert Treat Academy Charter School Charter School
    Math: 78% | Reading: 83%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    443 Clifton Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07104
    (973) 482-8811

    Grades: K-8 | 681 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    Science Park High School Math: 74% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    260 Norfolk Street
    Newark, NJ 07102
    (973) 733-8689

    Grades: 7-12 | 811 students
  • Rank: #17-1817.- 18.
    The Gray Charter School Charter School
    Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    55 Liberty Street
    Newark, NJ 07102
    (973) 824-6661

    Grades: K-8 | 336 students
  • Rank: #17-1817.- 18.
    St. Cloud Elementary School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    71 Sheridan Ave
    West Orange, NJ 07052
    (973) 669-5393

    Grades: K-5 | 379 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Laning Avenue School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    18 Lanning Rd
    Verona, NJ 07044
    (973) 239-5590

    Grades: PK-4 | 248 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    Grandview Elementary School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    35 Hamilton Dr East
    Caldwell, NJ 07006
    (973) 712-4400

    Grades: PK-3 | 389 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Mount Pleasant Middle School Math: 74% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    11 Broadlawn Dr
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 535-8000

    Grades: 6 | 478 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    Harrison Elementary School Math: 72% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    148 N Livingston Ave
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 535-8000

    Grades: K-5 | 469 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Watchung Elementary School Math: 74% | Reading: 83%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    14 Garden St
    Montclair, NJ 07042
    (973) 509-4259

    Grades: K-5 | 426 students
  • Rank: #24-2524.- 25.
    North End Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    122 Stevens Ave
    Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
    (973) 712-0266

    Grades: PK-4 | 258 students
  • Rank: #24-2524.- 25.
    Oak View Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    150 Garrabrant Avenue
    Bloomfield, NJ 07003
    (973) 680-8590

    Grades: PK-6 | 384 students
  • Rank: #2626.
    Adlai E. Stevenson Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    15 Knoll Road
    Fairfield, NJ 07004
    (973) 227-2120

    Grades: PK-3 | 408 students
  • Rank: #2727.
    Millburn High School Math: 73% | Reading: 81%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    462 Millburn Ave
    Millburn, NJ 07041
    (973) 564-7130

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,421 student
  • Rank: #2828.
    Glen Ridge High School Math: 76% | Reading: 79%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    200 Ridgewood Ave
    Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
    (973) 429-8303

    Grades: 7-12 | 834 students
  • Rank: #2929.
    Burnet Hill Elementary School Math: 71% | Reading: 80%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    25 Byron Place
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 535-8000

    Grades: PK-5 | 469 students
  • Rank: #3030.
    Collins Elementary School Math: 70% | Reading: 80%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    67 Martin Rd
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 535-8000

    Grades: K-5 | 452 students
  • Rank: #3131.
    Gregory Elementary School Math: 77% | Reading: 72%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    301 Gregory Ave
    West Orange, NJ 07052
    (973) 669-5397

    Grades: K-5 | 467 students
  • Rank: #32-3332.- 33.
    Radcliffe School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    379 Bloomfield Ave
    Nutley, NJ 07110
    (973) 667-8819

    Grades: PK-6 | 354 students
  • Rank: #32-3332.- 33.
    Spring Garden School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    59 S Spring Garden Ave
    Nutley, NJ 07110
    (973) 661-8896

    Grades: PK-6 | 362 students
  • Rank: #3434.
    West Essex Middle School Math: 64% | Reading: 81%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    65 West Greenbrook Rd
    Caldwell, NJ 07006
    (973) 228-1200

    Grades: 7-8 | 554 students
  • Rank: #3535.
    Mount Pleasant Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    9 Manger Road
    West Orange, NJ 07052
    (973) 669-5480

    Grades: K-5 | 364 students
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