Tight-Knit Community and Cultural Diversity
Known by many as the long-time home of famous inventor Thomas Edison, West Orange has evolved into a unique combination of cosmopolitan and space. With a population of around 47,000, but spread over an area nearly twice the size of Montclair, West Orange offers a lot of open space and old-fashion charm. The close-knit neighborhoods have a variety of housing options and prices, from 19th Century million-dollar mansions, colonials, split-levels and capes, to condominium complexes, townhouses and newly-constructed neighborhood enclaves.
The median house price in West Orange during 2015 was $349,950 (per Garden State MLS).
This unique community also embraces it racial and economic diversity by offering a wide-range of cultural opportunities. Most residents see it as an eclectic, affordable suburban town. Home to over 220 restaurants (featuring cuisines from all over the world) and a host of arts organizations and performance venues, including the Luna Theater Stage, Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) and the Valley Arts District, West Orange stands out from many of the surrounding Essex County towns.
For all of its cosmopolitan and artsy flair, West Orange is also a recreation and outdoorsman's dream. The town contains or adjoins to about 2,500 acres of preserved open space, including the South Mountain and Eagle Rock reservations, 12 municipal parks and five golf courses. It also has the widely popular Turtle Back Zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, Essex Equestrian Center and the Richard J. Codey Skating Arena.
With a 7,000 person student body that speaks 49 languages at home, the West Orange School District thrives on its mix of cultures, religions and socio-economic status – it operates on the belief that these differences contribute to each child's education and success. Schools focus on educating the "whole" child with programming based on meeting individual student needs across 11 schools. The district is also committed to a strong cultural arts program – performing arts, music and fire arts education begin at the elementary school level and is provided throughout the K-12 curriculum. West Orange also provides hundreds of extracurricular activities and clubs, after-school programs and sports programs.
Elementary Schools: There are seven (7) elementary schools for full-day Kindergarten through Grade 5. The district has been educating students since 1895, when historic Washington Elementary School opened its doors.
Hazel Avenue Elementary
Mt Pleasant Elementary
St. Cloud Elementary
Middle School: West Orange has a unique middle school program, where all elementary schools feed an innovative central sixth grade middle school that allows them to more easily transition from elementary school to middle school. Students are then split between two Grade 7-8 middle schools that boost the latest technology.
Thomas A. Edison Middle School: Grade 6
Liberty Middle School: Grades 7 and 8
Roosevelt Middle School: Grades 7 and 8
High School: The West Orange High School campus rivals a small university campus and focuses on preparing students for a variety of 21st Century opportunities, choices and expectations. It is also home to a brand new athletic complex complete with top level playing fields, courts, track and facilities that are the envy of the region. There are 50+ clubs and organizations offered at West Orange H.S.
West Orange High School: Grades 9 thru 12
While not located on the train line to Penn Station-Midtown, there are multiple commuting options available in West Orange.
West Orange operates two free jitney lines to South Orange and Orange stations on the NJ Transit Midtown Direct Line into Penn Station-Midtown.
There is also a large park-and-ride garage next to Codey Arena. Community Coach Inc. runs 18 express buses to the Port Authority Bus Terminal on weekday mornings and 12 express buses during the evening rush hour. The trip takes 40-45 minutes.
DeCamp also provide service into Port Authority and NJ Transit buses service Newark Penn Station.