The three towns of Old Tappan, Norwood, and Harrington Park offer good education facilities through public and private schools. However, schools of Norwood and Harrington Park are available to children from K-8 grades only. Children usually attend the Northern Valley Regional High School of Old Tappan for higher education.
Old Tappan School Information
This town comes under the District Factor Group I and has an average student-to-teacher ratio of 15.6. The Northern Valley School in this town serves students from many nearby towns. It offers a range of public and private schools.
T. Baldwin Demarest School
This elementary school serves grades Kindergarten to 4th standard. Besides academics, the school is well known for its co-curricular features of band, basketball, ceramics, and sculpting.
Charles DeWolf School
The school serves grades 5 to 8 and has been accorded a ranking of 10 out of 10 by greatschools.org an independent school ranking site. In its extracurricular activities, the school lays special emphasis on a drama club, instrumental and choral music, advanced arts and interscholastic sports.
Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan
This is a comprehensive 4-year regional high school that serves grades 9 to 12. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the New Jersey Department of Education. It is noted to have a student to teacher ratio of 15.3. Students from towns of Norwood, Harrington Park, and Norvale attend this school. Students from Rockleigh come here as part of a sending/receiving relationship.
Norwood School Information
This region has one elementary public school. While many students have options to study K to 8 in Norwood schools, children usually attend the Northern Valley School of Old Tappan for higher education.
Norwood Elementary School
Over 600 students study here and the ratio between students and teachers is 16:1. The school serves students from grades K to 8. Many parents opine that the school is extremely discipline-oriented.
Harrington Park School Information
Harrington Park also has one public elementary school. Children attend the Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan for higher education. See more details below.
Harrington Park Elementary School
There are about 700 students studying here and 43 teachers teaching the children full time. The ratio of students to teachers is noted to be 17:1. The school serves students from Kindergarten up to the 8th grade.
The three towns of Norwood, Harrington Park, and Old Tappan are classified under district factor group ‘I’, which is the second-highest rating based on socioeconomic status. The student to teacher ratio is favorable in these towns, noted to be at 15.8 in Norwood, 17.2 in Harrington Park, and 15.6 in Old Tappan. The comparative cost of district spending per pupil in 2008 was seen to be $13,657 in Old Tappan, $11,317 in Harrington Park, and $11,740 in Norwood.
Awards and Recognition
The Northern Valley High School at Old Tappan also received much recognition. It was ranked as the 30th best public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools across the state in their 2010–08–30 survey.
Special Co-Curricular Attractions
Various forms of sport, academic clubs, and social activities are encouraged at schools in the three towns. Besides events in schools, children get to participate in various camps and workshops also.