Maplewood's public middle school has been praised in online reviews for its music program and annual musical. Besides…More its students' solid scores on state and federal tests, the school also has unique programs such as the HUB, a free after-school program offering mental health counseling, skills-building groups and academic support.
Annually, about a third of the student body is invited to take the SATs early by Johns Hopkins Talent Search. For its efforts to foster community in the student body, the school was awarded a Community of Caring School Grant. In 2009, Maplewood Middle School graduate Jeffrey Truppo became the principal.
The Blessed Day Care Center 1033 Chancellor Ave, Maplewood, NJ07040 The Blessed Day Care Center is an infants and toddlers pre-school. They also offer a full-day kindergarten and before-…More and after- school care. The children's ages range from 6 weeks til 13 years old.
The main branch of the Maplewood Library is across the street from Maplewood Middle School and typically thronged by…More students after school. There's a large children's section with story time sessions and other programming. There are two meeting rooms, which are available to non-profits free of charge. And there are 329 magazine titles and 10,000 audiovisual titles.
The library director is Sarah Lester.
The number to reach the Children's Room is 973-762-1560.
Bright Paths Learning & Enrichment Center 1550 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ07040 Bright Paths Learning & Enrichment Center is a tutoring and supplemental education firm. It offers private and small…More group tutoring services, after-school homework assistance, summer camps and test preparation services for SAT, GED, NJ ASK and ACT exams.
Since 1970, the South Mountain YMCA, a branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, has been one of the largest…More providers of youth sports programs, summer day camps and childcare in the region. This sizable and bustling facility, full of enthusiastic hands-on instructors, serves residents of Maplewood, Millburn, Union and the Oranges as well as a few children from Newark.
Kids from K-5 public schools in the district are bussed to the facility for after-school care (including half days), which provides activities, homework assistance and snacks. It offers 65 specialty classes; take your pick from Picasso Painting, drama, dance (ranging from South African dance to creative ballet), Crazy Cooks or the vast array of youth sports, including basketball, tennis, Street Devils Floor Hockey, lacrosse and "kinder" sports.
Adult fitness and family programs (many of which are free) are available as well. Gymnastics is serious business here, with classes for parents and tots, preschoolers and elementary graders. The institution also has a girls’ team—The Aces—which competes throughout the state.
The facility may be booked for parties (birthdays, sports or teen dances, DJ provided). In the summer, YMCA hosts a 9-week day camp; activities include sports, creative dramatics, arts, science, swim instruction and field trips. Preschooler and teen adventure camps are available. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay.