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Closter Schools

The Closter public school system serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools are known for their low teacher to student ration that ensures individualized attention for children. High school students attend Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, which was ranked 9th among New Jersey public high schools by New Jersey Monthly magazine in 2008. The school has received the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award a school can receive. Its highly regarded music department has won North American school competitions.

• Hillside Elementary (K-4)
• Tenakill Middle School (5-8)
• Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest

Closter Transportation and Commute

Closter is commuter friendly, with proximity to Route 9W and the Palisades Interstate Parkway that gives residents easy access to New York City.

New Jersey Transit bus service and private bus company service is available from Closter to the George Washington Bridge bus terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

Ferry service to Manhattan is available from New York Waterway.

Newark Liberty International Airport and La Guardia Airport are about a 35 minutes’ drive away, and JFK International Airport is about one hour away by car.

About Closter 

The recreation Commission works year round to provide activities for residents, including a conservation area, four local parks, five public playgrounds, four athletic fields, and a private swimming pool. Programs include a variety of seasonal sports for children and adults, summer programs and special events for children, and art and performing arts programs.

Closter parks include Veteran's Memorial Park, Mollicone Park, Schauble Park, Amendola Park High Street Park, and Ruckman Park.
The Belskie Museum of Art and Science honors the life of sculptor and humanitarian Abram Belskie, who made Closter his home for 57 years.

The Naugle/Auryansen Cemetery is a historically significant burial ground that dates to 1722, . The cemetery holds the remains of Dutch pioneer families, Revolutionary War soldiers and at least one veteran from the War of 1812.

Closter Swim Club is a private club open to residents of Closter and the surrounding towns. The NCAA Collegiate-sized pool is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day, with free swimming lessons for children and swimming and diving teams. Amenities include a picnic area, playground, and equipment for basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, softball, knock hockey and other sports.

Senior citizens age 60 and over may join the Closter Senior Citizens Club, which meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Trips to Atlantic City take place once per month, along with other trips and activities.

The Closter Nature Center offers an oasis of woods and water in the middle of town. Ponds, brooks, meadows, and forests are available to explore, and educational and environmental programs are offered, along with a summer program for young people.

The nearby Demarest Nature Center and Tenafly Nature Center offer trails and brooks to explore.

The Closter Public Library is a member of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System and offers a community center for learning, culture and entertainment.

The JCC (Jewish Community Center) in nearby Tenafly is one of the largest in Bergen County, with sports indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and spaces for cultural events and community recreational activities in a state-of-the-art building about a 10-minute drive from Closter.

Nearby country clubs and golf courses are available for membership to Closter residents.

The cultural diversity of Closter leads to a wide array of restaurants, covering everything from quick bites to fine dining. Japanese, Korean and Italian food are well represented among the quality offerings.

General Information 

Town Name: Closter
City Hall: Closter Borough Hall
Address: 295 Closter Dock Road, Closter NJ 07624
Phone Number: 201-784-0600
Land Area: 3.2 square miles
Distance to NYC: 14 miles
Town Website:
Library Website:
Water Service: Hackensack Water Company
Gas & Electric: P.S.E.&G/Rockland Electric