The magnet school program which was instituted in the 1970s was designed to integrate the school system by drawing children from different parts of town to a school based on a special program in each school. While all schools have the same core curriculum, each also has a specialized program - Gifted & Talent with an emphasis on the arts at Nishuane and Hillside, International at Northeast, Montessori at Edgemont, etc. Parents whose child is entering the school system are encouraged to visit each school and then select the school they would like their child to attend, although you don't always get your first choice. Busing is provided to children attending school in different parts of town. The system has worked very well and has been used as a model for integrating schools in other communities.
Montclair is considered to have an excellent school system. The board of education can provide you with quite a lot of information including an informational cd.
You heard correctly. The schools in Montcair are "Magnet schools" they are concentrating on a certain area (science, art ets..) from an early age. They are rated very well in the area.
You can read more information about the schools at http://www.greatschools.com or at the montclair website http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/WebPage.aspx?Id=1
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