Learn about Chatham

"The Chathams" is a term used in reference to shared services for two neighboring municipalities in Morris County, New Jersey, United States – Chatham Borough and Chatham Township. The two are separate municipalities. The first, a town that was settled in 1710 as a colonial English village in the Province of New Jersey, that in 1773 adopted a name change to "Chatham". There are numerous references to this village dating from that time.

The second, more southern, without a town center, and less densely populated, is the vestige of a regional government that was formed in 1806 as a township, a form of municipal government peculiar to the state of New Jersey. It had jurisdiction over a region including a large area of open space and several villages. One of those, the village, dating from 1710, was the source for its name.

Chatham Township shares various joint public services with Chatham Borough: the school district, the library, the municipal court, the medical emergency squad, and recreation program.

Chatham Borough is a pedestrian-friendly community that covers less than 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), including a central business district and railroad station within about a mile from its farthest boundary.

In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Chatham ninth on its annual list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Chatham as its twenty-fifth best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.

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5 Milton Avenue Elementary School Preschool - 3Rd Grade Public
5 Southern Boulvard School Kindergarten - 3Rd Grade Public
N/A Lafayette Elementary School 4th Grade - 5th Grade Public
5 Washington Avenue Elementary School Kindergarten - 3Rd Grade Public
4 Chatham Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
4 Chatham High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A St. Patrick School Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Montessori Children's Academy Of Chatham Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Montessor Childrens Academy Of Chatham Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Chatham Day School Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A E C L C Of New Jersey Private/Charter
N/A Sprout House Inc Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.