City Website: http://www.westorange.org/
West Orange is a suburban township located in Central Essex County and has a population of approximately 46,207 residents. West Orange is part of the metropolitan area that surrounds Newark and New York, lying west of both cities in the center of Essex County. Its 12.15 square miles spread over two ridges and two valleys of the Watchung Mountains; the rolling terrain gives variety to the township and is responsible for its division into several neighborhoods. Rt 10 and Rt 280 are the main routes of travel when heading to or from the Garden State Parkway or the NJ Turnpike.
About one-fifth of the land is open space, consisting of municipal and county parks and playgrounds, private and public golf courses and undeveloped acreage. Portions of Essex County’s South Mountain and Eagle Rock Reservations contain public areas, hiking trails, ball fields and bridle paths in the woods. Turtle Back Zoo and South Mountain Skating Arena are in South Mountain Reservation. Eagle Rock Reservation includes a lookout from which one can see the skyscrapers of New York, the Statue of Liberty, and the George Washington and Verrazano Bridges. On a clear night, the view is spectacular from the 9/11 Memorial next to the parking lot of the famous Highlawn Pavilion Restaurant.
Railroad service is provided by New Jersey Transit with stations nearby in Orange, South Orange and Montclair. Bus service to Newark and New York is available with ample park & ride at The South Mountain Recreation Complex. The Township operates mini-buses for senior citizens.
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.
The 7,000 plus student body 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.
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