Columbia High School
District Summary

The School District of South Orange and Maplewood serves more than 6,800 students in nine schools, including six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.  The community and its schools are racially and economically diverse with more than 90 percent of Columbia High School graduates planning to attend college each year.

The district’s vision is to be the top-performing diverse suburban school district in the nation. Its mission is to provide an excellent education for each and every student by providing them with rigorous academic opportunities to reach their personal college and career aspirations, including providing supports for struggling students to succeed. The district will provide an equitable education that breaks the links between demographics and academic achievement. The district will educate its students to be responsible and productive members of society at large: caring, collaborative and ethical people; critical thinkers and problem solvers; effective writers and speakers; and lifelong learners.


As of October 15, 2015 there were a total of 6,879 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 as follows:

Columbia High School – 1893 
Maplewood Middle School – 768
South Orange Middle School – 801 Clinton Elementary School – 565
Jefferson Elementary School - 496 Marshall Elementary School -534
Montrose Elementary School* - 54 Seth Boyden Elementary School - 521
South Mountain Elementary School - 607 Tuscan Elementary School - 640
*Opened in the 2015-2016 school year

Average Class Size Elementary Class Size

kindergarten and first grade: 22/15
second grade: 23/16
third grade: 24/17
fourth and fifth grade: 26/19

Secondary Class Size:
The average class size in most classes range from 20-25.

Faculty and Administrative Credentials

PhD/EdD – 2.09 %
MA/MS – 62.39 %
BA/BS – 35.52 %
15 staff members have received National Board Certification

Faculty/Student Ratio

There is approximately one faculty member for each 10.6 students. The state average is 1/11.1. This includes faculty specializing in art, music, health, physical education, enrichment, media, reading, guidance, resource room, special education and those making up the child study teams.  

Located in Maplewood:

Columbia High School
17 Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Maplewood Middle School
7 Burnet Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Clinton School
27 Berkshire Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Jefferson School
518 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Seth Boyden School
274 Boyden Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Tuscan School
25 Harvard Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Located in South Orange:

South Orange Middle School
70 North Ridgewood Road
South Orange, NJ 07079

Marshall School
262 Grove Road
South Orange, NJ 07079

South Mountain Annex
112 Glenview Road
South Orange, NJ 07079

South Mountain School
444 West South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
Seton Hall University (Private University)

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. Seton Hall's 58-acre main campus is located in the quaint town of South Orange, New Jersey, only 14 miles from Manhattan.  The University’s nationally-ranked School of Law is located in nearby Newark, New Jersey.

Founded: 1856 by Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley

Namesake: Elizabeth Ann Seton, first American-born saint

Affiliation: Catholic, one of the oldest diocesan universities in the U.S., under the Archdiocese of Newark


Undergraduate enrollment: 5,800

  • 59% female/41% male
  • 44% diversity rate
  • 70 countries represented
  • 80% of freshmen live on campus

Graduate enrollment: 4,300