About Us

Academy Heights takes its name from Academy Street which runs the length of the neighborhood; and from the uphill slope away from the valley. It is a neighborhood that has lovely vistas of South Mountain, and which is close to all major forms of transportation.

The neighborhood, although primarily in South Orange, also spans into Maplewood. At one end of Academy Street (near Irvington Avenue) is the location where the town school and former high school used to sit and the reason for which the roadway has its present name. At the very opposite end of the street, in Maplewood, now sits the Columbia High School.

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Academy Heights is diverse in many ways: ethnicity, race, age and sexuality. Our residents take pride in living in a neighborhood that is tolerant toward a human mosaic. Housing stock is diverse as well: we have apartment buildings, two-family homes, single family homes and condominiums. Although homes in Academy Heights are vintage homes, mostly built before 1930, there are also newer homes, garden apartments, and modern urban transit villages.

First Day of School at the Bus Stop

Connected & Walkable

Academy Heights is South Orange's most centrally located neighborhood: one can walk to the train station or a bus stop within minutes. Also within walking distance is Columbia High School, small restaurants, village hall, banks, and the town's only large supermarket. In fact, all these destinations are located within Academy Heights itself.

Yearning for the arts? You don't have to go far: Columbia High School which sits at the southern end of our neighborhood puts on 1st class musicals, dance extravaganzas, and other artistic endeavors.

The Academy Heights Neighborhood Association is newly founded and strives to act as an advocate for issues between town government and the neighborhood. Connect with area residents at: academyheights.nextdoor.com or connect with the neighborhood association by using the email contact form on the "Developers" tab of this site.

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