Living in Summit

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Summit is a culturally and economically diverse community in Union County.  The city is known for its excellent public schools, its beautiful tree-lined streets, and its community-oriented business district.  Summit is a popular commuter city with a direct rail line to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. The city has a population of about 21,000 and covers a total area of just over six miles.  It shares a border with Millburn to the southeast, Chatham and Chatham Township to the northwest, New Providence to the west, Berkeley Heights to the southwest, Mountainside to the south, and Springfield Township to the southeast.

Summit has the feeling of a small city because it is a transportation and commercial hub for several neighboring towns. Summit’s downtown is big and bustling, offering a large mix of shopping and dining choices, a movie theater, post office and offices—a huge selling point for the community. Summit also has a nice mix of housing choices ranging from the very high end, particularly in the “Northside” of town, to more modest homes, and a good number of apartment houses as well. Its neighborhoods are distinct and walkable with a variety of styles from split levels, Tudors and Colonials to Victorian estates. Summit schools are quite well regarded and there are a number of private school options right in town, including Kent Place, Oratory Prep and Oak Knoll. With its proximity to Manhattan and major highways, great train service, schools and amenities Summit is a top choice with the most selective buyers.

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The Commute

Because it is at the convergence of two train lines, Summit has the advantage of having several direct trains to Mid-Town Manhattan.

Summit has train station parking available for residents and non-residents alike which is a rarity. There is one garage and three lots for residents only. Non-residents have valet parking in a parking lot. See locations in the following link:

Commuters can pay a daily parking fee or purchase permits (monthly, quarterly or yearly) from the City of Summit.

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The Schools

The Public School System: The nationally ranked Summit Public Schools are dedicated to supporting and sustaining a system of learning that “engages all students in compelling work, educates them to their highest intellectual, creative and individual potential, promotes pride in diversity, and results in responsible and productive citizens of the highest integrity.” The school system is made up of nine public schools serving students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth.

Two schools, Jefferson Primary and Wilson Primary, serve the pre-K and Kindergarten students. The program’s goal is to help children become independent and self-confident learners.

Five elementary schools focus on educating children in grades 1-5. These schools are:

  • Brayton Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary
  • Washington Elementary

With differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the diverse student population, academic excellence is promoted and high expectations are maintained.

The Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School serves students in grades 6-8 with comprehensive instruction that builds on skills learned in elementary school. The school environment is safe, supportive and stimulating.

Summit High School, with a student body of more than 1,100, consistently ranks among the top public high schools.It offers a variety of college prep and non-college prep subjects. The school offers 19 AP courses and 14 Honors courses. Additional courses are available in visual and performing arts, as well as vocational programs. In addition, there are more than 40 extra-curricular activities and 30 varsity sports to round-out a student’s high school experience.

Private and Parochial Schools Near Summit: 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 Peter’s Prep
  • Saint Rose of Lima School
  • Seton Hall Prep

Preschools Near Summit: There are also many excellent pre-school options in the area. A few of the many options are:

  • Cornerstone School
  • Summit JCC Early Learning Center
  • SuperKids
  • Wesley Center Preschool
  • Kidville
  • Zadie’s Nurturing Den
  • Community Preschool at St. John’s
  • The Connection Preschool

The Vibe

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

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Unique to Town

  • The Municipal Golf Course is an award winning, 9 hole, Par 3, 100 yard course.
  • The Family Aquatic Center offers swim teams and lessons to all ages and abilities, as well as adult Aquasize. T’Ai Chi and Gentle Chair Yoga are also offered to help community members relax and destress.
  • Townwide Community Programs are extensive. Sports programs range from beginner to accomplished athlete, enrichment programs span math, science and more,  and special needs and senior services are offered.

Numerous annual local events solidify a community feel.

  • Hot Summer Nights is an outdoor concert series offered every Tuesday night in July.
  • Screen on the Green is an outdoor movie series offered Thursday nights throughout July and August.
  • Fourth of July is filled with family fun events at Soldier’s Memorial Field during the day and fireworks at night.
  • National Night Out Against Crime is an evening of education, entertainment and community held at the Village Green by some of the local community organizations.
  • Summit Heritage Day celebrates the cultural diversity of the town. More than 35 different languages are spoken by the town’s residents. Heritage Day is filled with cultural dance and singing performances, cultural food, historical characters and displays, and a concert on the main stage. A special Heritage Day Trivia Bee tests kids in grades 4-7 on their knowledge of Summit history.
  • Halloween is celebrated with a parade, a Monster Mash dance party, an outdoor movie event and a bonfire.