Guide to Local Schools in Bergen County

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Guide to Local Schools in Bergen County

If you are seeking a new home in Bergen County, you may be wondering what educational options are in store to meet your child’s current and growing needs. Residents of Bergen County can access numerous schools in Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, and Ridgewood. If you are looking for an overview of Bergen County schools, you’ve come to the right place.

Of the three towns and school districts highlighted below, Ridgewood Public Schools is the largest. Glen Rock Public Schools operates six schools, while Ho-Ho-Kus School District focuses on one elementary school. Read on to check out what these local schools have to offer.

Glen Rock Schools

The 12,000-plus residents here are served by Glen Rock Public Schools.

Elementary Schools

Photo courtesy of Central Elementary School

Glen Rock students may attend any of the district’s four elementary schools, which serve students in grades K through 5. Each school teaches a curriculum comprised of core subjects (including science, health, and social studies). Parents and students can monitor academic progress via online resources like Schoology and Genesis.

Elementary schools include Alexander Hamilton School (not to be confused with Alexander Hamilton Elementary School in Morristown), Central Elementary School, Clara E. Coleman Elementary School, and Richard E. Byrd Elementary School. Central Elementary School is just down the street from Glen Rock Public Library. In southeast Glen Rock, Clara E. Coleman Elementary School takes its name from a standout teacher who served the community for nearly four decades. Richard E. Byrd Elementary School is a block off Rock Rd. and has a healthy enrollment of over 250 students.

Middle School

Photo courtesy of Glen Rock Public Schools

Students in grades 6 through 8 attend Glen Rock Middle School. The school broadens the perspectives of its students with initiatives like eighth-grade trips and a cultural exchange trip to Costa Rica. On the home front, Glen Rock Middle’s athletic programs fall under the auspices of Glen Rock High School.

The school’s counseling department employs three full-time counselors (and four working at Glen Rock High School). Together, the counseling department serves students through academic advising (including AP courses and college entrance exams), college applications, and financial aid and scholarships.

Glen Rock schools provide extracurricular programs that foster community and student growth. Athletic programs for middle school students include softball, baseball, and track.

High School

Glen Rock High School
is a four-year public high school that is home to 715 students in grades 9 through 12. The high school, which is adjacent to Glen Rock Middle School, provides students with a dual enrollment option for high schoolers and a STEM program.

Alongside academics, the school’s arts program and competitive athletics provide creative outlets for students and possibilities for college scholarships. A range of year-round athletics for high school students is available, including lacrosse, tennis, football, soccer, track, wrestling, baseball, and ice hockey. The honors societies, clubs, and organizations provide extracurricular activities for students with non-athletic interests as well.

Ho-Ho-Kus Schools

Photo courtesy of Ho-Ho-Kus School District

Ho-Ho-Kus Public School is the only school in the Ho-Ho-Kus School District. It enrolls approximately 600 students from pre-K through 8th grade. This school provides various resources for its students, including enrichment programs for different grade brackets that provide additional curricula. These authentic learning experiences open students to varied perspectives and emphasize creative problem-solving.

Middle school students can enjoy a range of clubs and activities spanning all subjects and disciplines. Interscholastic sports offerings for children in grades 6 through 8 include boys’ and girls’ soccer, cross-country, basketball, and track and field. Students can also participate in girls’ field hockey and volleyball. Clubs include the Book Club, STEM Club, Art Club, Bergen Brain Busters, and Student Council.

Students who graduate from Ho-Ho-Kus attend Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale.

Ridgewood Schools

Just 20 miles northwest of Manhattan lies the community of Ridgewood. Its residents enjoy education courtesy of Ridgewood Public Schools.

Elementary Schools

Photo courtesy of Somerville Elementary
Ridgewood Public Schools operates six separate elementary schools serving students in grades K through 5. These are Hawes Elementary, Orchard Elementary, Ridge Elementary, Somerville Elementary, Travell Elementary, and Willard Elementary schools. With about one elementary school per square mile, young Ridgewood students enjoy relatively short commutes. None of the six schools is more than two miles from downtown Ridgewood.

Meanwhile, parents interested in Ridgewood schools will benefit from the resources available and find connection in the school’s calendar of events. Parents can also become involved in school associations if they have any ideas or questions about their child’s education. Together, the elementary schools of Ridgewood provide a supportive atmosphere with all the tools and resources necessary for a child’s success.

Middle Schools

Ridgewood’s students move on to Benjamin Franklin Middle School or George Washington Middle School, where they’ll receive an education in the standard departments like math and English, with the addition of family and consumer sciences, business and marketing, and fine and applied arts. Students can get involved outside class in programs like the visual and performing arts curriculum.

High School

Photo courtesy of Ridgewood High School

Founded in 1892, Ridgewood High School is a beautiful historic building on a scenic campus. Its students benefit from a relatively wide range of classes and programs available.

Students interested in athletics can choose from a range of fall, winter, and spring sports. Athletic events bring the student body together, providing a sense of community. Additional activities and clubs can be found through the student life hub, providing a range of clubs, a calendar of school events, and other resources and opportunities.

Ready to search for Bergen County schools?

If you are interested in Bergen County real estate, you can move forward with confidence knowing more about your child’s education. Whether you have a young child just entering the school system, an older teen getting ready for college, or a child aged anywhere in between, those searching in the area can rest assured they’ll receive a well-rounded education. When you’re ready to start your search in the area, contact one of the experienced agents at The Ann + Melinda Group to guide you.
Recommended reading: How to Purchase a Bergen County Home in 2023

*Header photo courtesy of George Washington Middle School

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