Alpine New Jersey Schools

Alpine New Jersey Schools

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Perched atop the cliffs of the Palisades and marked by opulent houses set on large tracts, Alpine typically attracts educated and successful professionals. Despite its proximity to New York City, its idyllic setting gives Alpine the atmosphere of a mountain hamlet, rather than a suburb in a bustling metropolitan county. Alpine's municipal government does not provide a lot of services for its wealthy citizens. It doesn't have its own library or high school, and it relies on neighboring Cresskill for many recreation program. Instead, the Borough Council strives to keep the tax rate low, and succeeds! Although the median house in Alpine is valued at more than $500,000, the average household pays only $4,501 in property taxes. Still, the borough lavishes money on its one elementary school, spending $11,915 per student. After grade 8, students attend Tenafly High School. Nor does it scrimp on security, maintaining a police force of 13 for its tiny population of less than 2,000.

Alpine also maintains tight control over development. Industry has long been restricted. More than half of the borough's acres are in conservation areas or parks and will stay forever wild. The rest of Alpine's 6.4 square miles are dotted with homes on one and two acre lots. Privacy is apparently a big issue for Alpine residents, who would rather pick up their mail at the post office than have it delivered to their property. This tradition has, in turn, created a de facto town center through which nearly everyone passes on a daily basis, and which serves as a local forum for residents to greet one another and discuss politics and community issues.

Alpine is not exclusively for the wealthy. People of middle-class means live in the Old Alpine neighborhood of smaller wood-frame houses.

The Alpine School has a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1, and French and Spanish are taught three times a week beginning in kindergarten and continuing through grade 5. Computers are also introduced in kindergarten. Advanced courses enable many teens to enter high school above grade level, and weekly progress reports in each of the major subjects keep parents apprised of their child's progress.

Borough of Alpine NJ
100 Church Street
PO Box 1095
Alpine, New Jersey 07620-1095
Tel 201-784-2900

Alpine Public Elementary School serves grades k-8 in the Alpine School District and then the students travel by bus to Tenafly High School grades 9-12 as part of the sending/receiving relationship.


Public Schools
Alpine is a unique location. There is no high school or public library in Alpine so students go to the Tenafly High School after 8th grade. There is no shopping center in Alpine and its residents use the facilities in neighboring towns. 

High School Ranking
The following site link ranks the best high schools in New Jersey. Tenafly is in the top 20. Click here to see the rankings. 

Alpine Public School
Address: 500 Hillside Avenue, PO Box 1038, Alpine, NJ 07620-1038 
Telephone: (201) 768-8255
Fax: (201) 768-7855

Tenafly High School
Address: 
19 Columbus Drive, Tenafly, NJ 07670-1698
Telephone: (201) 816-6600

Updated Census Bureau Information About Alpine: Click Here

Contact Information

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Tami Rapaport
Tami Rapaport
130 Dean Drive
Tenafly NJ 07670
201-227-2045