Essex High School

A Transformational Alternative that will Motivate, Educate and Graduate Students

Home of the Phoenix


Essex High School is a county-wide Special and Alternative Education Program designed to  serve  both  classified  and   non-classified,   at- risk students seeking an alternative to the traditional educational program. The Essex Regional Educational Services Commission established Essex High School in 1996.


Potential students may be in danger of not graduating with their class, chronic discipline problems, adjudicated, self-abusive or drug involved. Both junior high school and high school age students can enroll. Students have a variety of classifications, and the school will consider all.




The philosophy of our approach remains that a nurturing, supportive educational environment can provide appropriate academic and emotional experiences for each student through a system of ongoing analysis of the individual's needs, strengths, interests and weaknesses. This is accomplished with a staff that is dedicated and committed to student achievement and students who are receptive and willing to challenge themselves every day.



The mission of EHS is to provide a safe and appropriate learning environment that encourages students to take risks as they identify goals and develop values. Students at EHS can trust themselves to take responsibility for their personal growth developing positive principles; of respect, originality, diversity, tolerance, acceptance, resourcefulness, self-reliance, personal responsibility and accountability to become productive members of society. Preparing for post-secondary education, transitioning into the ever-changing workforce and earning a diploma will be symbols of this success.

Essex High School          369 Passaic Avenue | Fairfield, NJ 07004           973-815-1389