About the West Orange Public Schools
MISSION: The mission of the West Orange Public Schools is to engage in an energetic partnership with all components of this culturally-diverse community, to marshal resources to assist all students to reach their full potential through an academic emphasis on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, to promote the highest quality intellectual, social emotional, and human relations development of our pupils, and to instill in all students the knowledge and decision-making skills essential to make appropriate choices and successfully meet the challenges they will encounter as productive and healthy members of diverse society.
The West Orange Public School District has been educating students since 1895 when the historic Washington Elementary School opened its doors. Today, the district boasts eleven extraordinary schools. The seven traditional neighborhood elementary schools include a very sought after full day kindergarten. Each elementary school feeds an innovative central sixth middle school. Students are offered 7th and 8th grade in two middle schools complete with all the latest technology. The state-of-the-art high school campus rivals a small university campus and prepares students for the variety of 21st century opportunities, choices and expectations both socially and academically.
Our student body: The 7,000 plus student body speaks more than 48 languages in the home and provides a mix of cultures, socio-economic and religious groups that creates a harmonious microcosm of a global community contained within the borders of West Orange. The diversity is a tremendous strength and contributes greatly to the success of each and every student.
Curriculum and Instruction: The West Orange Board of Education emphasizes educating the ‘whole’ child, and each ‘individual’ student with an educational program tailored to meet each student’s needs. The West Orange Board of Education pays close attention to individualized education with special attention to class sizes maintaining one of the lowest teacher-to-student ratios in the state.
Comprehensive: Understanding that children have different learning styles and abilities, through the efforts of a highly qualified and dedicated teaching and administrative staff, all West Orange public school students receive the highest quality of education in each and every West Orange school building.
Extracurriculars: The West Orange school district provides hundreds of extracurricular activities and clubs, after school programs and sports programs. West Orange High School is home to a brand new athletic complex complete with top level playing fields, courts, track and facilities that are the envy of the region.
The West Orange Board of Education is committed to a strong cultural arts program. Performing arts, music and fine arts education begins at the elementary school level and is provided as part of the curriculum throughout the K-12 program.
Physical fitness and health awareness remains an important focus for the West Orange Board of Education. Health and Physical Education programs are mandatory for every student in all grades. Nutrition and wellness programs are a district priority integrated through a nutrition-conscious food service with healthy lunches and snacks served in every school. The athletic program offers a broad range of award winning sports programs that prepare each student athlete for excellence. Most graduates are scholar athletes that have more than satisfied the requirements for post secondary athletic opportunities.
The Public Schools of West Orange provide each resident family with an extraordinary educational value. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you with any questions that you may have about the West Orange Public Schools and how to best serve your family.
For more information please contact the West Board of Education at (973) 669-5400.