Living In Springfield Township

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Springfield Township is a laid-back bedroom community located in Union County, NJ. The last battle of the American Revolutionary War fought in NJ, the Battle of Springfield, was fought here. Springfield was formed as a township on April 14, 1794. It is bordered by Millburn to the north, Union Township to the east, Kenilworth to the southeast, Westfield and Cranford to the south, and Mountainside to the southwest. The township has a population of approximately 15,800 and covers 5.2 square miles. Manhattan is readily accessible to Springfield residents through easy connections between bus and train service.

The Springfield Public School System serves students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Each of the township’s schools are named after notable Springfield residents.

Springfield is home to the famous Baltusrol Golf Club which hosted the 2016 PGA Championships. It has also hosted other major golf tournaments including the US Open.

The wide range of housing choices include colonials, ranches and split level homes, as well as condominiums and townhouses. Larger, newer homes are also available.

The Commute

Many Springfield residents park in a large lot at Mountain and Morris Avenues and then catch a NJ Transit bus into the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The trip takes 40-45 minutes. Some Springfield residents who live close enough, walk to the Short Hills train station for a quick ride into Hoboken or Manhattan. Jitney service is also available from the municipal pool to the Short Hills station. The trip takes about 6-12 minutes from the pool to the station.

springfield-new-jersey-jitneyParking permits are issued through the Springfield Police Records Department on the 2nd floor of the municipal building. For a township resident, the cost is $75 for three months beginning in February ($300/year). The jitney fee is $3/ride or $50/month ($600/year) which includes parking at the municipal pool. Cash or checks can be given directly to the jitney driver. Click here for more information on the Springfield jitney.

The Schools

The Public School System: The Springfield Township Public School System serves students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. The educational environment is student centered with the children actively involved in their learning. Students are expected to master basic skills and apply them to problem solving. They are expected to use and apply technology. And they are expected to become lifelong learners who appreciate the diversity that surrounds them.

The school system is made up of 5 schools. One school, the Edward V. Walton Early Childhood Center, focuses on prekindergarten through 2nd grade. Here, hands-on learning and activities are emphasized in the classroom, and music, art, library and physical education enhance their development.

Two schools focus on grades 3 through 5: Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School and James Caldwell Elementary School. These schools provide a challenging learning environment in the core subject areas and further enhance each student’s development through music, art, library health and physical education classes.

The two elementary schools come together at the Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School. Here, students are offered the opportunity to “participate, enjoy and be successful in academic and extra-curricular activities.”

The Jonathan Dayton High School, serving grades 9 through 12, makes up the final school in the Springfield Public School System. This school is named after Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the United States Constitution. The school offers a comprehensive, rigorous set of courses and activities, including honors classes, 13 AP classes, 21 varsity sports and 35 clubs to provide a well-rounded education.

Private and Parochial Schools Near Springfield: There are many excellent private and parochial schools in the area. Some of those options are:

  • Delbarton
  • The Far Brook School
  • Golda Och Academy
  • Kent Place School
  • Montclair Kimberly Academy
  • The Morristown Beard School
  • Newark Academy
  • Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
  • Oratory Prep
  • The Peck School
  • The Pingry School
  • Saint James the Apostle School
  • Saint Peter’s Prep
  • Saint Rose of Lima School
  • Seton Hall Prep
Preschools Near Springfield: There are also many excellent preschool options in the area. A few of the many options are:

  • Alpine Montessori of Millburn
  • Children’s Academy – Springfield
  • Cornerstone School
  • Holy Cross Nursery School
  • Hudson Way Immersion School
  • Loving Hands Academy
  • Millburn Coop Nursery School
  • Primrose School at Mountainside
  • Saint Stephen’s Preschool
  • Superkids Childcare & Learning
  • Wizards of the Mind

The Vibe

Check out some of these places and websites to get a feel for Springfield’s unique vibe.

Unique to Town

  • Baltusrol Golf Club is a private 36 hole golf club that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
  • Cannonball House was built in 1741 and served as a farmhouse until it was used as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. Today it is a museum.
  • Springfield’s First Presbyterian Church was burned by the British and rebuilt using much of the original structure. It is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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