Welcome to the Mountainside School District. I am so proud to be the Chief School Administrator of such a wonderful place to live and learn. We are a small, 800 student, high performing K-8 district in suburban New Jersey. Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, as part of a send/receive relationship. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Mountainside as the 16th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places to Live" in New Jersey, as well as eighth in the 2010 list. Two organizations that very actively support and enrich our programs and our students are the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Mountainside Education Foundation (MEA).
Mission The mission of the Mountainside School District is to develop self-confident, independent, and responsible citizens by providing the highest quality education that reflects alignment with and achievement of the New Jersey Core Content Standards at all grade levels through a school, family, and community partnership. Our vision is to ensure that Mountainside remains a premiere school district in which all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to live rich and full lives as productive and enlightened members of society, empowering them to shape, build, and achieve their dreams.
History Education has been important to Mountainside residents since the eighteenth century. Locust Grove School District Number 15 was established in 1760. In 1900 a red brick school house was built by the Town of Westfield and the Borough of Mountainside Boards of Education at a cost of $3,448. The two boards separated in 1904. The schoolhouse was remodeled in 1924, and an additional building was constructed next to it. Subsequently two schools, Deerfield, and Beechwood were added. Currently Deerfield houses students in grades 3-5 and 6-8, and Beechwood houses students in preK-2.
Geographic Features True to our name, we have an average elevation of 185 feet above sea level. The borough is bordered to the north by Summit, to the east by Springfield Township, to the south by Westfield, and to the west by Berkeley Heights and Scotch Plains. A substantial part of the Watchung Reservation, a 2,065-acre preserve containing woodlands, fields, lakes, streams and more than 13 miles of hiking trails, is located in Mountainside. Highlights of the park include Surprise Lake, the Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park, the Trailside Nature and Science Center, Seeley's Pond and the Watchung Stables. Echo Lake Park, a smaller park in Mountainside, has shoreline fishing, paddle boats, playgrounds for young children, picnic areas, and a summer concert series.
Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information about our district.
Nancy Lubarsky, Ed.D.
Chief School Administrator