Livingston

Education

The Livingston Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Livingston, in Essex County, New Jersey. The district consists of six elementary schools, grades K-5; one middle school for grade 6 and another middle school for grades 7 and 8, and one four-year high school.
 

Elementary School

Burnet Hill School 

Collins Elementary School

Harrison Elementary School 

Hillside Elementary School 

Mount Pleasant Elementary School 

Riker Hill Elementary School

Middle Schools

Mt. Pleasant Middle School Grade 6 

Heritage Middle School Grades 7 and 8 






 

High School

Livingston High School 








 



History

Livingston was named in honor of William Livingston, the first governor of New Jersey and a framer of the Constitution. Livingston served as governor for 13 terms before he died in 1790. Livingston has a history that dates back to the late 17th century when a group of Newark settlers purchased a parcel of land from the Lenni Lenape Native Americans.
 
After the Revolutionary War, more permanent settlements took place with the first school built in 1783. In 1811, a petition was filed to incorporate the township from about 100 people who lived in seven distinct areas: Centerville (separated to become Roseland, in 1908), Cheapside (now Livingston Mall), Morehousetown (now Livingston Circle), Northfield (now Northfield Center), Squiretown (now the Cerebral Palsy Institute of New Jersey on Old Road), Teedtown (now Livingston Center), and Washington Place (now near the border with Millburn). On February 5, 1813, the township was officially incorporated. The first town meeting was held on the same day and they decided to run the township by a Township Committee system.
 
The population grew quickly after 1920s when automobiles became more accessible. As a suburb of Newark, the town experienced many housing developments especially after World War II with its peak in 1970 of more than thirty thousand residents. During this growth period, many services were organized including volunteer Fire Department in 1922, first regular Livingstone Police chief in 1929, a Planning Commission in 1930, two hospitals opened in 1959 and 1960, new public library in 1961, and new municipal complex in 1963.
 
Today, some 28,000 people enjoy a suburban lifestyle with close proximity to New York City. Its school system and other programs have been drawing new residents to the town. Its population has become increasingly diverse while the residents maintain the tradition of community volunteerism.

Arts and culture

Performing arts

Livingston is home of a few performing arts organizations from local to international:

Livingston Symphony Orchestra is a group of community-based performers which was formed in 1960. The symphony orchestra is currently directed by Istvan Jaray, an internationally renowned artist who appears regularly in concert halls across Europe, Canada and the United States. It holds many performances during each season.

Livingston Community Players is a community-based theatre organization. There has been many productions in the recent years. The performers are from local community and other places in New Jersey. Past productions, including The Sound of Music, Oliver!, and Annie, received Perry Awards from New Jersey Association of Community Theatres.

Children's Theatre of Livingston is a local organization that provides performance opportunities for Livingston children grades 2 to 8. The children are trained in acting roles and staging staff. It has annual performance since the first season in 2007.

New Jersey Ballet is a major ballet company based in Livingston. The company is recognized nationally and internationally with tours in many countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Livingston is also the headquarters of New Jersey School of Ballet which offers many classes in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.

Art

Livingston has many local artists in many forms. Local artists have support from Livingston Arts Association which is an organization formed in 1959 to promote art in the community including large scale exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops. The organization is also a member of Art Council of Livingston which has a gallery at Livingston Town Center.

There are many studios at Riker Hill Art Park with more than 40 working artists in various medias including pottery, fine metalwork, glass, jewelry, paintings, fine arts, sculpture and photography. Many studios offer art classes for adults and children.
 

Transportation to NYC

http://www.livingstonexpressshuttle.org/