As a New Jersey Realtor focusing on the Montclair area, I am often asked, "How good are Montclair's schools?" I think they've been terrific for my kids (two in high school and one in middle school), but I understand that prospective buyers might want more objective information than one parent's opinion. So I was happy to read in Montclair Patch this week that many top colleges agree with me.
According to Scott White, the director of guidance at MHS, a record 20 students will be attending Ivy League schools in September. In addition, another 20 or so will attend the "little Ivies" (Swarthmore, Wesleyan, etc.) and the Seven Sisters. In fact, when you add in the seniors who will be attending Georgetown, Stanford, UVA, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago, over 15% of the MHS class of 2012 will be spending the next four years at a school rated "Most Selective" by Barron's college guides.
Clearly, not everyone is going to get into (or even wants to attend) one of these schools. That's one of the things I love about Montclair schools, in fact--that they understand that a diverse student body has diverse needs and expectations. But whether a student is aiming for Harvard, Essex County College, the military, or something else, potential buyers can rest assured. How good are Montclair schools? Very.