Hillside Public Schools

Hillside Public Schools

The Hillside Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade from Hillside, in Union County, New Jersey, United States.

As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprising six schools, had an enrollment of 3,123 students and 260.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1.

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "CD", the sixth-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.


Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are:

Elementary schools
  • Abram P. Morris Early Childhood Center (636 students; in grades PreK-1)
    • April Lowe, Principal
  • Calvin Coolidge Elementary School (205; grade 2)
    • James Harden, Principal
  • Hurden Looker School (461; 3-4)
    • Tracey Wolff, Principal
  • George Washington School (488; grade 5)
    • Sharon Festante, Principal
Middle school
  • Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School (452; 6-8) **Joyce Caine, Principal
High school
  • Hillside High School (842; 9-12)
    • Christine Sidwa, Principal


Hillside High School on Liberty Avenue was originally constructed in 1947, replacing the Coe Avenue (A.P. Morris) School which became a grammar school. Additions were later added to accommodate the baby-boomers of the 1950s and 1960s. In the mid-1960s the high school held some 1,500 students.


Core members of the district's administration are:

  • A. Robert Gregory, Acting Superintendent
  • David Eichenholtz, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

Board of education

The district's board of education, with nine members, sets policy and oversees the fiscal and educational operation of the district through its administration. As a Type II school district, the board's trustees are elected directly by voters to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three seats up for election each year held (since 2012) as part of the November general election.


External links

  • Hillside Public Schools
  • Hillside Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
  • School Data for the Hillside Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics

Hillside Public Schools

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