A Slice of American History in Caldwell
Steeped in history (this is the birthplace of President Grover Cleveland!), Caldwell is one town in The Caldwells trifecta, which also includes North Caldwell and West Caldwell. Though now the Caldwell area is a suburb of both Newark and New York City, originally this area developed as its own individual, self-contained community and economy rather than as urban sprawl. And in the late 1800's and early 1900's, Caldwell was a resort town know as the "Denver of the east," attracting wealthy visitors for summer vacations.
Today Caldwell is a combination of a bustling downtown district along Bloomfield Avenue (with many independently owned boutiques, shops and restaurants) and a quiet hamlet where its 7,800 residents know each other's names. In fact, New Jersey Monthly ranked Caldwell as its third-best place to live in its 2010 ratings of "Best Places to Live in New Jersey."
While the wealthy transient summer era is long gone, what remains are many of the beautiful custom-built homes from the 1920's and 30's, especially in The Cedars section of town, which borders Grover Cleveland Park. Most of the tree-lined, winding streets have no sidewalks.
The median house price in Caldwell during 2015 was $400,000 (per Garden State MLS).
The "great outdoors" play a large role in Caldwell life. Grover Cleveland Park and Camp Wyanokie provide hiking, camping and recreational options for residents, and Caldwell and West Caldwell share an extensive recreation program for children and adults alike. Caldwell also has comprehensive fitness, swimming and community classes at the Caldwell Community Center.
Dating back to 1904, the towns of Caldwell and West Caldwell have shared a joint school district. Today the school system serves more than 2,600 students Grades Pre-K thru 12 across seven schools and is highly regarded for its modern facilities, technology and challenging curriculum.
Pre-School: Located in the Harrison School, the Pre-Kindergarten program is a tuition-based program open to children ages 4-5. Students do not need to be residents of Caldwell or West Caldwell to attend.
Harrison School: Pre-K and Pre-K for children with disabilities
Elementary School: All elementary school children Grades K-5 in the district are assigned to a primary school based on their residence location. Only one of the four elementary schools -- Lincoln School -- is actually located in Caldwell. Affectionately known as the "little school on the hill," Lincoln School received a new kindergarten playground and blacktop in 2007.
Jefferson Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
Wilson Elementary School
Middle School: The primary goal of Grover Cleveland Middle School is to help students achieve their physical, intellectual, social, and emotional potential. With more than 600 students, the middle school uses small group learning, a variety of special interest clubs and guidance services to help with creative expression. In addition, the three computer labs, two new science labs and completely renovated library serve as a learning hub for the students.
Grover Cleveland Middle School
High School: Most recently ranked #52 public high school in the state by New Jersey Monthly, James Caldwell High School serves approximately 800 students. The curriculum is challenging, with16 AP classes and 6 Honors classes offered. Over 90 percent of graduating seniors go onto 2-year or 4-year colleges. In addition, the school has 26 varsity, 22 junior varsity and 6 freshman level athletic programs.
James Caldwell High School
Trinity Academy: Grades K-8, coed
Mount Saint Dominic Academy: Grades 9-12, girls only
NJ Transit provides bus service to Newark Penn Station and Decamp services the Port Authority in Midtown. Unfortunately there is not a train station in Caldwell, and commuters will need to travel to Little Falls or Montclair to catch the NJ Transit train to Penn Station in NYC.
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Updated: 19th August, 2019 4:17 AM.