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Chamber Music Festival at CHS

String Quartets come to Columbia High School in April and May Chamber Music Series!



School Rankings


Many area High Schools rated in top tenth of NJ’s high schools – from a US News  & World Report survey out of 395 public high schools

Columbia moves up again from 48 to 36.

Chatham 13,

Millburn 15,

Summit 18,

Westfield 22,

Madison 27,

Livingston 29,

New Providence 34,

Columbia (S. Orange & Maplewood) 36

Governor Livingston (Berkeley Hts) 37

Columbia High School rising





Columbia High School, the home of Maplewood’s and South Orange’s students continues to rise up the ranks of New Jersey’s High Schools.  It is up to #47 from #75 in 2010 and #89 in 2008 out of a total of 328 schools.

This gain comes despite the fact that  under Governor Chris Christie, the South Orange-Maplewood school district has seen its share of school aid drop 37.7 percent.

See the link for full list.

Back to School

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I will enjoy a short journey to Rhode Island to drop my eldest son at RWU this friday.
All three male members of the family usually giggle when our lone female tears up at movies, I wonder if we will at this farewell.
As an official stepfather for eight years, I am proud and smiling.
We’ll catch some waves in Narragansett and Watch Hill before I return to a real estate closing on monday.
Locally, our younger son will be a sophomore at Columbia H.S. here in Maplewood after Labor Day.
Oh yeah, and I’m also proud of my niece who got into a top NJ H.S. – McNair in Jersey City.
On a less personal note here are some Back to School dates and info on an important new hire for the school district:
6th – Labor Day: District Closed
7th – Students Report: Grades K-7/9
8th – Students Report: Grades 8/10-12
9th, 10th – Rosh Hashanah: District Closed
South Orange Maplewood School District has a new Director of Fine Arts for K-12.
Anthony Mazzocchi is a Columbia High School Alumni from 1991.  He’s got a great resume:
1) Trombonist for the LA Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony,
2) Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music
3) Teaching Experience at: Montclair St, Kean College and Marine Park Jr. High in NY
Check out the school district’s website for more detailed info on the coming school year