Chatham Schools have been consistently amazing from elementary school to high school. Chatham High School has on multiple occasions been the #1 ranked public high school in New Jersey! For the 2004-05 school year, the high school was recognized with a Blue Ribbon School Award by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
Please see information about the schools below, and check out this article in the New York Times on Chatham entitled “In Chatham, N.J., A Strollable Downtown and Good Schools” https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/realestate/in-chatham-nj-a-strollable-downtown-and-good-schools.html
•Milton Avenue School. Grades K – 3. Principal – Marion McCarthy. For the 2014-15 school year, the Milton Avenue School was recognized with a Blue Ribbon School Award by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
•Southern Boulevard School. Grades K – 3. Principal – Peggy Kepler
•Washington Avenue School. Grades K – 3. Principal – Kristine Dudlo.
•Lafayette School. Grades 4 & 5. Principal – Cheryl Caggiano Russo. Vice Principal – Marco Freyre
•Chatham Middle School Grades 6 – 8. Principal – Jill Gihorski. Vice Principals – Peter Trebour, Timothy O’Halloran.
•Chatham High School Grades 9 – 12. Principal – Darren Groh. Vice Principals – Lori Gironda, William Librera, Douglas Walker.
Nursery Schools and Child Care
1. Chatham United Methodist Church Nursery School
Located at Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main Street. Enrollment = 90. Classes: 3-year-olds two mornings or afternoons a week; 4-year-olds three mornings or four afternoons a week. One teacher and one assistant per class. Tuition: registration fee and yearly tuition payments. Parishioners and alumni families have one week preference in enrollment before the general public. Non-denominational.
2. St. Patrick’s Pre-Kindergarten
Located at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 45 Chatham Street. Enrollment = 60. Classes: 3-ycar-olds two afternoons a week; 4-year-olds three mornings or five mornings a week. One teacher and one assistant per class. Tuition: Registration fee and monthly tuition.
3. Stanley Congregational Nursery School
Located at Stanley Congregational Church, Fairmount Avenue and Oliver Street. Enrollment = 130. Classes: Pre-3’s two mornings a week; 3-year-olds two mornings or a three day session per week 4-year-olds three mornings and optional extended day session per week; 5-year-olds five afternoons per week. One teacher and one assistant per class. Tuition: registration fee and monthly tuition commensurate with number of days attended. Members of the church, current students and siblings have priority until mid-January. A two week summer program for 4, 5 and 6-year-olds is also available. Non-denominational.
4. Located at St.. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street. Private, non-profit child care center, nursery school and primary school serving children 2 3/4 years old through second grade. Enrollment = 72. Classes: 2 3/4 through 5-year-olds morning sessions; kindergarten morning and full day sessions; first and second grades full day sessions. Extended time available to all ages: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., charged per hour. Tuition: registration fee and monthly tuition commen-surate with number of hours attended. One teacher, one assistant per nursery school class. One teacher per primary school class. Partial scholarships are available for primary school.
5. Summit Child Care Center, Inc.
Located at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, Main Street and Elmwood Avenue. Year-round child care: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children 6 weeks to 5 years; part-time contracted care, 6 months to 4 years; 2 and 3-year-olds enrichment program morning and afternoon sessions, 4 and 5-year- olds afternoon enrichment program. Staff of 20. Extended care: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; “Family Kitchen” provides the hot low-cost dinner (adult $4.00/child $2.00) to eat in or take-out. Tuition: registration fee and tuition based on the cost of providing care. Subsidies are available.
6. Gingham Giraffe
A private, non-sectarian school located at the Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Boulevard, offers September to June child care, and a team teaching approach with two certified teachers per classroom. Morning sessions only are available with extended care until 1:00 p.m. Children from 2 1/2 years (includ-ing the non-toilet trained) to four years are accepted. Tuition: Annual registration fee and bi-monthly payments.