Village Spotlight

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The Community Relations Committee presents the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School in this quarter's inaugural Villiage Spotlight.

South Orange-Maplewood Adult School: A Community School for All Ages

Highlighted: Spring 2021, Vol, VS-01

Village Spotlight - South Orange Maplewood Adult School

The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School was founded in 1933 during the Great Depression. Its mission is to be a community school where people can gather to learn, stay informed, and be entertained. The school is the oldest operating Adult School in New Jersey and was named a Local Legacy in 2000 by the Library of Congress. In the last two years, the school has served over 700 South Orange adults and 350 South Orange kids in its Children's Summer Program.  

Programming includes:SOMA Adult School Catalog Catalog Opens in new window

  • The Children’s Summer Program typically consists of two, two-week sessions with classes in creative and performing arts, science, coding, woodworking, and sports. It is truly a community program with most classes led by South Orange-Maplewood School District teachers and/or talented community members and the Adult School's friendly "Yellow Shirt" counselors, consisting mainly of Columbia High School students. The program has been running since 1974.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, which the Adult School has provided since 1937, helping the immigrant population adapt to life in the U.S.
  • Suzuki Violin and Cello Lessons for grades K-4 and two orchestras for grades 5-8. 
  • A wide variety of lectures on topics ranging from the future of race relations to the American Movie Musical and personal enrichment classes, such as college planning, finance, languages, fitness, art, technology, and more.

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