Summit is an affluent suburb of New York City with a population was 21,131. Summit has the 16th-highest per capita income in the state. What is now the city of Summit was created as Summit Township in 1869 from portions of New Providence Township (now Berkeley Heights) and Springfield Township. Summit was reincorporated as a city in 1899. Beyond the obvious derivation from its position atop the Second Watchung Mountain, other theories have been offered to account for the city’s name. The house in which Jurist James Kent lived starting in 1837 called Summit Lodge (today standing at 50 Kent Place Boulevard), and a local sawmill owner who granted passage to the Morris and Essex Railroad for a route required to climb to “the summit of the Short Hills” have both been offered as the source of the city’s name.
Transportation and Commuting
Summit has a direct train into NYC’s Penn Station that takes approximately 45 minutes, and is convenient to Highway 78, Route 24, the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
- Wilson Primary School (PK-K)
- Jefferson Primary School (PK-K)
- Brayton School
- Franklin School
- Jefferson School
- Lincoln-Hubbard School
- Washington School
- Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (6-8)
- Summit High School with 1045 students for the 2008 – 2009 School Year (9-12)
Summit High School was ranked as Number 149 nationwide in Newsweek magazine’s 2005 listing of “America’s Best High Schools” in the August 5, 2005 issue.
- Kent Place School (NS-12)
- Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (K-12)
- Oratory Preparatory School (7-12)