ABOUT US

The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School was founded in 1933 during the Great Depression – a beacon of hope where the community could gather and everyone could afford to take classes. We are the oldest operating Adult School in NJ and were named a Local Legacy in 2000 by the Library of Congress. We strive to keep our class prices down so that we continue the tradition that our school was founded upon – a community school where people can gather to learn, stay informed and be entertained. 

More than 150 courses and lectures are offered in the fall and spring, with a modified schedule in the summer. These courses enrich the mind, exercise the body and feed the soul. Choices include art, music, business and finance, fitness and recreation, languages and technology. There is now increased programming for children during the school year which includes computer science classes and Suzuki violin lessons.

A children’s summer enrichment program is also sponsored by the Adult School. It is enjoyed by hundreds of kids and teens, and also employs many local high school students and teachers. This specialty program offers something for every child, whether an artist, athlete or scientist.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School
17 Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ 07040

Phone: (973) 378-7620
Email: schoolinfo@somadultschool.org

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  and posted on the homepage of this website. 

ADMINISTRATION

Gretchen Distler, Executive Director: gdistler@somadultschool.org
Liz Herring, Assistant Director/Trip Coordinator: lherring@somadultschool.org
Marianne Cook, Director of Communications: mcook@somadultschool.org
Sandra Kurek, Business Administrator: skurek@somadultschool.org
Anthony Cicenia/Ashley Corino, Summer Program Coordinators
Chris Hopkins & Nancy Longley, Building Administrators
Kathy McHugh, Assistant Building Administrator

 

OFFICERS AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES

President:  Nonie Murphy, Vice-President: Jill ZimmerSecretary: Suzanne Metz, Treasurer: Mary T. Francoeur

Trustees: Mary Brancaccio, Richard Cohen, Amy Dahn, Zia Durrani, Roy Eismann, Rose Bennett Gilbert, Freddie Glucksman, Bonnie Kenselaar, Judy Levy, Carol Petrallia, Kim Pryor, Gloria Turner, Johanna Wright (South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education Liaison), Emily Zacharias 

Advisory Members: Sylvia Amato, Beth Branigan, Jim Buchanan, Abe Bunis, Margery Cohen, Michele Davis, Martha Gibson, Katherine Hilaire, Dallas Jackson, Laura Litwin, Barbara Lowell, Dr. Nabil Marshood, Dr. Shirley Matthews, Patti Nathan, Sharon Partoll, Dr. Phylis Peterman, Audrey Rowe and Bradley Takahashi, John Willis