how does the public school system compare to the rest of then.j. school system?

Asked by Mike Jacobs, New City, NY Fri Dec 4, 2009

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Marc Paolella, Agent, Succasunna, NJ
Fri Dec 4, 2009
Hi Mike,

Livingston schools are top notch and are a leading reason why Livingston is such a desirable place to live. In fact, during the housing "bust", Livingston median home sale prices are only off 15% or so off their highs:

Year Median Home Price
2009 487,000
2008 538,000
2007 570,000
2006 567,000
2005 545,000

By the way, I grew up in New City (New Valley Rd/Burda Av area).

Anyway, Livingston schools are probably a little better than Clarkstown schools. If you need any further info, contact me!

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Concierge Co…, Other Pro, Bloomfield, NJ
Fri Dec 11, 2009
How good of a student is your child?
Parents expectations are much higher than the childs ability (most of the time).
If the child is not a good student maybe you should consider home schooling as an option until the child is of high school age. Resolve, some children are l8 bloomers.Some students consider charter schools as having the "best of both worlds"-a combination of home schooling and public schooling; with a private school dress code(earlier years of study).
Further resolve, if your financial profile is not rewarding, public schooling is your ONLY option. Keep in mind, you must obey district laws. No matter where your child is learned, you must take the initiative and educate them yourself.
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Sun Dec 6, 2009
Hi Mike, a great resource in comparing/contrasting school systems is the Star Ledger school report card:

One thing is for sure - school quality matters.

Good luck and best,
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Sharon and K…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Dec 6, 2009
Hi Mike,

So many residents of Livingston will tell you that the main reason for choosing Livingston as their home is the school system. I personally, live in North Caldwell which is an adjascent town to Livingston. So far I had a wonderful experience with the school system and the population in the town. There are many wonderful towns in Essex County with good school systems including Millburn/ Short Hills, Montclair, the Caldwells, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Verona and others. The commute from Essex County to NYC is very easy and you have many otpions depanding on the town you choose.

If you are still looking for a guide in your search and need more information about the schools or the different towns, it would be our pleasure to be at your service.
My husband and I (Karen) moved from Brooklyn 5 years ago and reasearched quiet substantially all the different towns especially since my husband is a commuter. My partner, Sharon, is a resident of Essex County for more than 30 years and know all you need about the different towns here and in Union county.

We wish you great luck in your search and happy holidays.
Sharon and Karen - Your Real Estate Connection!
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Livingston, NJ 07039
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Bob DeMassi, , Essex County, NJ
Sat Dec 5, 2009
If you go to my websiet ----Prudentail New Jersey Properties has a School Comparison sunction. You can compare all schools in NJ,,,,
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Louise Ozoli…, , Short Hills, NJ
Sat Dec 5, 2009
As a former teacher( thirty-seven years), I can tell you that a school system is only as good as what an individual child gets out of it. As far as the "stats," Livingston ranks very well. Those stats will be validated for your child if and when he/she reacts favorably to the environment, teaching styles, and curricula offered. There is no guarantee that a child will either be as successful or more successful than any other student in the school, or that he/she will have as pleasant an experience. My caution would be , yes, consider the numbers provided and the commentary on individual experiences, but also consider these factors: does your child function better in small or large groups, does he/she respond favorably to highly competitive situations or ones of a more collegial nature . No one knows your child as well as you do, and education is more than how well everyone else does.

There are many communities like Livingston in the Essex County area that offer award winning school systems. I would be happy to discuss them with you.
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Carol Eisens…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sat Dec 5, 2009
Hi Mike,

I also live in Livingston and my daughter went from Pre school through High School in Livingston. I truly believe that the education she received in Livingston totally prepared her for college and helped make her the accomplished young lady she is today. Well, of course with our help as parents too! You can also visit which will give you ranking and information on Livingston elementary schools. If you come into town, you must see the newly renovated Livingston High School and our Livingston Public Library.

I love talking about our town and moved here from NYC. Any questions I may answer for you, please feel free to email me at and visit my web site at

Good Luck,
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Eric Schwartz, Agent, South Orange, NJ
Fri Dec 4, 2009
My daughter went to Livingston High School and it was the best experiance of her life. She started in Millburn but the arts program wasnt there for her. So we moved. She went to Pratt. Top arts school in the country; They prepared her for this school and others that met her needs.
With this "hand holding " process, she got into the schools of HER choice. What more would a parent want. We continue to live in Livingston due to the neighbors we know over 40 years. Our enviroment is superb. We cant see ourselves anywhere else and I am a realtor and know lots about other communities. Please call me for first hand knowledge. Cherre Schwartz 973 951 6665 or visit my web site.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Fri Dec 4, 2009
Mike - here's another tidbit of information

NJ Monthly magazine ranks schools throughout the state.........Livingston High school ranked #20 in 2008 out of a total of 316 high schools. The average SAT score was 1719.
In 2006 it ranked #14 in the state.

Millburn High does beat us out, but ranking 20th out of 316 is still pretty impressive!
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Fri Dec 4, 2009
Hi Mike
Livingston schools always rank very high within the state regardless of the search criteria.
My son went through the school system, and I was very pleased with the education he received.

Here are several sites that might help you with more school information. :

Please visit my website which also has more helpful links to information on Livingston, as well as a blog I wrote on "how to spend a day in Livingston" !

There are a large number of couples and families moving here from the city. I am sure if you choose Livingston, you feel right at home, and be thrilled with what it has to offer as far as the school sytem and lifestyle.

Best wishes....
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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