One of three public elementary schools in Maplewood, Tuscan has taken part in several innovative projects in recent…More years. The school has received positive media attention for its attempts to curb excessive television viewing and bad eating habits among students.
The campus grounds include a charming outdoor amphitheater that looks like it could host meetings for Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Malikah Majeed is the principal.
Ellen Dreyer Writing Workshops and Tutoring PO Box 725, Maplewood, NJ07040 Ellen Dreyer Writer's Workshop & Tutoring serves students in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as…More adults. It offers one-on-one sessions and small group tutoring services. The Writers Cafe classes focuses on creativity, word play, themes, book-making and related projects for elementary age children. Professional editing services are also available.
Clinton Elementary School 27 Berkshire Rd, Maplewood, NJ07040 Clinton's brick exterior is conservative, but the art surrounding and covering the building is anything but. Parents of…More former Clinton students have contributed works ranging from a six foot exterior bronze sculpture of a hand to Impressionistic paintings in the interior windows. The artwork reflects both the active engagement Clinton students have with the school and the importance the school places on the arts.
Headquartered in the Civic House on Dunnell Road, the After School Program of Maplewood South Orange is a private and…More non-profit program offered in all the elementary schools and middle schools in the two towns.
Activities for the After School Academy of the Arts (AAA), the recreational and enrichment program designed specifically for middle school students, also takes place at the center on Dunnell Road.
The AAA is a coalition between the two towns and their departments of Recreation and Cultural Affairs as well as South Mountain YMCA, the Board of Education, and community advisors.
Among the activities (both indoor and outdoor) are computers, sports, dance, yoga, double dutch, magazine publishing, arts, crafts, music (e.g., drumming), cartooning, sewing, and cooking. Financial aid for enrollment is also available.
Seth Boyden draws students from both South Orange and Maplewood. It follows a teaching philosophy called multiple…More intelligence, which can be boiled down to the idea that people can be intelligent in different ways. In addition to the core curriculum, students are presented with lessons that include music, puppetry and the arts.
The school also offers an elective program called Strawberry Fields, an environmental-based teaching strategy that brings students outdoors to learn about nature. Strawberry Fields will be featured in an upcoming PBS special. Seth Boyden is no stranger to media attention, as their recess knitting club was featured in the New York Times in 2003.
In Maplewood for more than 10 years, Academy Resource Center (ARC) offers a variety of educational services,…More including one-on-one tutoring, homework help, and test prep. Tutoring is available for all subjects for students from elementary school through college (and for adults during the day).
The dedicated and patient instructors, headed by Dr. Jennifer Parish, the founder, include Ph.D.'s and early-childhood education specialists, all with expertise in their discipline. Math and science is a strong specialty here, which has been particularly helpful for high school Advanced Placement (AP) program students.
One of the ARC's goals is to improve communications among the student, the tutor, the teacher and the parent to enhance the student's self esteem and independence. They serve between 15 and 25 students a day and currently accept all applicants.
Interior home design specializing in kitchens and baths. For 13 years, Living Spaces, a partner of the Hoffman…More design/build firm, has been helping clients create living spaces that are a perfect fit for each individual and family.
The Maplewood house functions as as "virtual showroom," where clients lay out their floor plan, walk through a roomy kitchen with ample cabinets and appliances that function as an interactive display and are fully vetted (how they live, who makes the coffee) as part of the process to best envision their new space.
Living Spaces' kitchen jobs range from "small to huge" ($30,000 to $300,00). They also design bathrooms, mud rooms, media rooms and recently, have performed overall interior design for the entire home. For a sample, check out President Jacqueline Lindstrom's design of the Teachers' Lounge at the Tuscan elementary school, her gift to the school. Living Spaces features custom cabinets (employs 3 cabinet makers) as well as stock choices and a full line of closet systems. The firm is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and has never had to advertise, as business is generated by repeat customers and referrals.
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.