CHS AP Program

Click HERE for information about the AP program at CHS including dates for portfolio reviews, applications and sign-ups, and qualifying tests.

PARCC Information

Click HERE for FAQs about PARCC at SOMSD and HERE for Principal Aaron’s PowerPoint presentation to parents.

CHS Achieve Teacher Grants Update

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Achieve Direct Funding Teacher Grants program this year. Achieve has received over $5000 so far! Your contributions help fulfill the requests of grateful staff members, whose grant projects will have a direct effect on the educational program of students in the South Orange and Maplewood public schools this spring.

Following are the projects at CHS that are still eligible for direct funding through January 31st! (Please note: the amounts indicated below represent the totals needed to fully fund the grant proposals, staff members will be able to begin to implement their programs with partial funding so any and all donations will be truly appreciated)!

Stacey Bachenheimer Genuis Hour ($650)
Falynn Balassone EOF College Visits for At Risk Students ($2500)
Amy Biasucci Research in Molecular Genetics & Bioinformatics ($2883)
Jon Fisher Its Time For A Digital Photography Lab ($17284)
Kristin Furlong Science Take Out Kits ($1547)
Janet Kahn Motivation Through Sports & Games ($156)
Philip Lester Guitar, Ukulele and Songwriters Club ($525)
Laura Prato Self Regulation Technology ($595)
Allan Tumolillo Robotics Club ($4375)
Alison Steiner Social Work Counseling Programs K-12 ($1877)
Terry Woolard Infusing Google Drive Into The Classroom K-12 ($8000)

Click HERE to donate online, choose “Direct Funding” on the form, provide the information requested, and pay via Paypal. To pay by mail, send your check with the teacher’s name and school in the memo line to Achieve Foundation, PO Box 84, Maplewood, NJ, 07040. Direct Grant Funding donations are fully tax-deductible.

For more information please contact Buena Chilstrom at or 973-762-8274

Click HERE for a list of all the Achieve grants awarded this year.

Senior Yearbook Baby Photos Due by February

Senior Parents and Guardians: Baby photos for the yearbook are due the first week of February. They can be sent to Please put student’s name in memo so we know who they are. Yearbooks can be ordered at Further questions about the yearbook should be directed to the Yearbook Advisor, Hellanna … Read more


Click HERE for January Community Flyers including information from Columbia High School Italian Cultural Club, The Loft at Columbia High School, Girl Scouts, The Learning Academy, Lydia Johnson Dance School, Maplewood Memorial Library, New Jersey Fencing Alliance, South Orange Civic Organization, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), The Strollers and YMCA.


Questions about special education? Want to be more involved? South Orange Maplewood’s SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee), including the Special Education PTO, represents our school district’s parents of special needs students. Parents like us. Parents like you. Click HERE for more information.