Named for the glen which Toney’s Brook runs through near the borough’s center and the ridge on which it is situated, Glen Ridge was settled by Europeans starting in the 17th century. With its small town feel and large metropolitan area, many city transplants find this to be a wonderful place to raise a family. The houses are well maintained and architecturally distinctive – some even designed by famous architects Stanford White, John Russell Pope, and Frank Lloyd Wright – including many century-old Queen Annes, Tudors and Colonials.
Glen Ridge is almost entirely residential, which makes this town feel like one big neighborhood. It does not have a major shopping district, but is just a short drive from the well-known restaurants and unique shops of Montclair and Bloomfield. Glen Ridge has a nice quantity of starter homes in the south end of town. It also has great appeal for people who want outstanding schools that are regularly ranked among the top in the state. Among Glen Ridge’s other features: maple-tree-lined street after street, lit by the town’s 600-plus trademark vintage gas lamps; and the biggest collection of pre–World War II houses in the entire state.
MAP OF GLEN RIDGE
TRANSPORTATION & COMMUTING
www.njtransit.com (Montclair-Boonton Line)
GLEN RIDGE SCHOOLS
Glen Ridge Public Schools
Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning.
The standards are:
According to the best available evidence, the mastery of each standard is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy.
Glen Ridge High School
This is our 2nd year at Glen Ridge High School. I am blown away with how great it is. The teaching staff is exceptional: caring, professional and most importantly engaging with the students. Glen Ridge is an affluent, educated community with high standards. It is my opinion that GRHS meets these standards. – Parent submission, www.greatschools.org
Ridgewood Avenue School
We have two children enrolled at RAS. Both of their teachers are very strong, providing sound instruction and structure in the classroom. Both teachers are extremely positive role models, and have been a source of inspiration to our children all year long. The administration is friendly and open to parent communication. The principal and assistant principal are very popular with the students. The school has strong any-bullying policies and programs, and is a very friendly tolerant place. – Parent submission, www.greatschools.org
Linden Avenue School
This is a wonderful school with some really amazing teachers. My daughter has had a very positive experience at Linden. The lower grades really encourage parental involvement. We will miss Linden when my daughter goes to the middle school next year. – Parent submission, www.greatschools.org
Forest Avenue School
The teachers at this school are warm and friendly and the principal is very accessible. My child has struggled with fitting in socially and the school has been very involved in planning ways for him to better connect with other children in his classroom. There is always something fun planned – ‘World Well Being Week’ or visiting authors or flower planting. My only complaint about the extracurriculars is that they start 30 minutes after school gets out – which makes scheduling a bit more complicated than it needs to be. – Parent submission, www.greatschools.org
OUR FAVORITE PLACES IN GLEN RIDGE
Fitzgerald’s 1928 Restaurant
Glen Ridge residents visit Montclair for grocery shopping
Glen Ridge residents visit Montclair for shopping
Glen Ridge Nail Salon
Glen Ridge Auto
Glen Ridge Pharmacy
Elegante Dry Cleaners