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The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School

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Columbia High School,  Room A110                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

17 Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ 07040

Phone: (973) 378-7620

Fax: (973) 378-2819

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Most classes are at CHS (Columbia High School) or SOMS (South Orange Middle School)

SOMS is located at 70 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange. Please enter the school from the back parking lot.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS:  No Adult School classes will meet if the public schools are closed due to inclement weather. Closings are announced on our voicemail message (973-378-7620) and on AM radio station WINS (1010) and posted on the homepage of this website. 


Executive Director:  Judith James

Consultant:  Eva Samo

Business Manager:  Gretchen Distler

Director of Communications:  Marianne Cook

Catalog Editor: Alexa Metrick

Administrator of Adult Basic Ed:  Cathy Garea

ESL Counsselor:  Nadine Kerstan

Summer Program Coordinators: Cecelia Cancellaro & Kathleen Hester

Building Administrators: Christine Hopkins and Nancy Longley

Officers and Board of Trustees

President: Carol Petrallia, Vice-President: Joan Lee, Secretary: Suzanne Metz, Treasurer: Mary T. Francoeur. Trustees: Charles Bibbins, Beth Branigan, Richard Cohen, Amy Dahn, Zia Durrani, Roy Eismann, Martha Gibson, Rose Bennett Gilbert, Freddie Glucksman, Marilyn Hayden, Bonnie Kenselaar, Judy Levy, Dr. Nabil Marshood, Nonie Murphy, Kim Pryor, Gloria Turner, Emily Zacharias and Jill Zimmer.  Advisory Members: Sylvia Amato, Barbara Barbaro, Jim Buchanan, Abe Bunis, Margery Cohen, Michele Davis, Katherine Hilaire, Dallas Jackson, Laura Litwin, Barbara Lowell, Dr. Shirley Matthews, Miriam Miller, Patti Nathan, Sharon Partoll, Dr. Phylis Peterman, Audrey Rowe and Bradley Takahashi.  Honorary Trustee: Sandy Brown Hamingson.

Interested in Teaching at The Adult School?  Do you have an area of expertise that you think would translate into an exciting course at The Adult School?  Are you already a teacher of a subject that we are not presently offering?  Send us a proposal including a resume. We welcome your ideas.

About Us   Founded in 1933 as a beacon of hope during the Great Depression, The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School has given our community education, enlightenment, and enjoyment for 77 years. The Adult School is a nonprofit educational organization that offers a wide array of affordable, high-quality classes, lectures, and trips to more than 1,600 local residents each semester.

 The Adult School helps the members of our community lead fuller lives. They learn practical skills, discuss politics and social issues, renew their creative spirit, fulfill dreams of playing an instrument or speaking a new language, learn to dance, travel, and so much more. Thousands of residents eagerly anticipate each session’s offerings that add enjoyment and meaning to their lives.

In addition to our wide-range of adult classes, the school provides free ESL and ABE/GED programs that help members of our communities achieve a brighter future. More than 900 individuals a year are served by this critical program. In the summer the school offers a highly touted children’s enrichment camp, the South Orange-Maplewood Community Summer Program.


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