Weekday Nursery School 111 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ07079 This small, 60-year-old nursery school is a co-op, and parents volunteer for monthly shifts. The school is adjacent to…More First Presbyterian and Trinity Church but is housed in a separate building and is non-denominational. Applications for the fall are accepted on a rolling basis, starting in mid-December; admission is on a first come, first serve basis, and there's typically a short waiting list. Rapport among parents is encouraged with a few yearly coffees and potlucks. There's no outdoor play area, but there's a spacious indoor gym in a former auditorium.
South Orange Country Day School was established 40 years ago, but it was taken over by a new owner, Annemarie Maini,…More in December 2007. She's made some changes to the building and outdoor play area — which can be seen by NJ Transit commuters on the stretch of track between South Orange and Mountain stations. She took out playground equipment made of tires and the driveway in the backyard due to safety concerns.
Though South Orange Country Day School no longer has Montessori accreditation, its phonics-based curriculum is still influenced by that philosophy. The school offers nursery school, Pre-K and kindergarten, and has enrolled special-needs children. Sixty percent of students are from South Orange and Maplewood; the rest are from surrounding communities like Newark, West Orange and East Orange.