Willard Elementary School is the oldest elementary school in Ridgewood, as well as one of the largest, with a population of approximately 500 K-5 students. Located in the north end of town, the district mostly services the area north of East Glen Avenue and west of Maple Avenue. Willard Elementary celebrated its centennial year in 2012 and received a National Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The award was given to 219 public schools, only nine of which are located in New Jersey.
Staff, parents and students at Willard Elementary School work together to make this school an exciting place to learn and grow. As such, the Willard Elementary Home & School Association is very active and organizes a number of events and fundraisers throughout the year. The various clubs offered at Willard Elementary are enjoyed by faculty and students alike. From chess and drama, to photography and running, and many more, there’s truly a club for everyone. The Green Ambassadors club, where students participate in environmental initiatives, was featured on a CBS News national story about Earth Day last year.
Homes near Willard Elementary School are found in Upper Ridgewood. Properties in this neighborhood were originally built as country retreats for New York City’s wealthiest families. The well-known builder George W. Peterson completed a number of custom homes in this area, including his exclusive Belmont Park development (located on Belmont and Parsons Roads). The community is one of the highest points in Ridgewood and at the time of its development in 1936, it featured a 30-mile view of New York City and beyond. Today, prospective homeowners will find a mix of beautiful and spacious traditional homes and new construction colonials.
Renowned architect Carl Kemm Loven designed one of his more famous properties—the Fred Manchee House—at 250 Fairmount Road near Willard Elementary. This house showcases Loven’s creative siting, where it sits at a right angle to the road, allowing the house to hug a private stream that transverses the lot. It also includes Loven’s popular use of turrets, balconies, rustic brick, leaded glass and hand forged hardware.
Nearby real estate is also close to some fantastic, family-friendly amenities. The Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club offers both adult and junior tennis programs, as well as camps and lessons. Ridgewood’s most recently developed park—Irene Habernickel Family Park—is also found here. The 10-acre recreation space offers a variety of sports fields, a playground, walking trails and a beautiful pond. Within walking distance is the Ho-Ho-Kus Train Station, serviced by New Jersey Transit, so the rest of Ridgewood is easily accessible. There’s also an express bus service that runs via Morningside Road.
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