Private & Independent Schools Directory

Published on 02/16/2017

New Jersey parents are fortunate to have a wealth of options for their children's education. Here is a sampling of local area private and independent schools along with open house dates. These open houses provide insider information and answer questions about nearly every aspect of the school. If you're considering a private or independent school for your child, these schools are well worth your time.


The Academy at Our Lady of Peace
99 South Street, New Providence
908-464-8657 ext. 131
Contact: Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed. S, Principal
Age Groups: Pre-K–Grade 8

A Catholic elementary school, founded in 1954, which serves children in grades pre-kindergarten to 8th. The school’s goal is to develop students who are solidly grounded in moral values, committed, self-disciplined, and academically excellent. Academy students go on to some of the finest private & public secondary institutes in New Jersey. Students at The Academy consistently score well above the national average in every category of Terra Nova standardized test scores.


Chatham Day School
700 Shunpike Road, Chatham
Contact: Mrs. Kellen Kent, Director of Admission & Financial Aid
Age Groups: 2.5 years-8th Grade

Chatham Day School celebrates and values each child as a unique learner with extraordinary potential. They offer an academically ambitious program that promotes intellectual achievement and emotional growth in a diverse and nurturing environment.


The Children’s Corner Preschool
40 Freeman Street, Roseland
Contact: Ms. Jamie, Head Teacher
Age Groups: 18 months-7 years

The Children’s Corner is an eclectic preschool whose mission is to nurture its students’ growth through creative learning in a loving, safe environment. The children develop a strong sense of self and independence by freely exploring and learning at their own pace, guided by the staff.


The Craig School
Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes
Contact: Nicole Moon
Age Groups: Grades 2-8

Open House Dates: Presentations will begin promptly at 10:00am followed by a tour of the facility. March 14, April 4, May 9

The mission of the Craig School is to provide to students a strategy-based, comprehensive and challenging school experience that acknowledge their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities and provide families an internal support network with the Craig community.


The Craig High School
310 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton
Contact: Nicole Moon
Age Groups: Grades 9-12

Open House Dates: Presentations will begin promptly at 8:30am followed by a tour of the facility. March 22, May 3

The mission of the Craig High School is to provide to students a strategy-based, comprehensive and challenging college prep program that acknowledge their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their students true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities and provide families an internal support network with the Craig community.


Delbarton School
230 Mendham Road, Morristown
973-538-3231 x3019
Age Groups: Boys grades 7-12

Delbarton School, an independent Roman Catholic learning community guided by the Benedictine monks of St. Mary’s Abbey with their lay colleagues, welcomes diverse young men and challenges them to pursue excellence, to build character, and to develop leadership through service, by educating the whole person: mind, body and spirit.


Estelle Finkel Center for Learning
125 W Mt Pleasant Avenue, Livingston
Contact: Amanda Patrick
Age Groups: Pre-K through adult

Since 1984, the professional educators at Estelle Finkel Center for Learning have been providing personally tailored academic tutoring, college counseling, standardized test preparation, and diagnostic educational testing. As experts in their fields, they have helped thousands of students achieve their best whether it be scoring high on a standardized test, getting into the college of their choice, or taking the next step in graduate school.


Fairleigh Dickinson University – Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
285 Madison Avenue, Madison
Contact: Timur Pakay, Executive Director
Age Groups: High School Programs

The mission of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business, and nonprofit communities.


Far Brook School
52 Great Hills Road, Short Hills
Contact: Mikki Murphy, Director of Admissions & Placement
Age Groups: Nursery (age 3)-Grade 8

Discover an inspired childhood at Far Brook School, an independent, coeducational day school for 240 students. Its progressive approach builds a strong educational foundation by integrating liberal arts and sciences with creative arts. The Far Brook experience sparks curiosity and equips students with the skills and habits of mind needed for success in their lifelong learning journeys. All classrooms open to the outdoors, inviting exploration and interaction with nature. Our new Music & Arts Building and Kronthal Science & Environmental Center feature direct access to the Schoolyard Wetlands Habitat. Student- faculty ratio is 6 to 1.


Fusion Academy + Learning Center
10 Sterling Blvd., Suite 201, Englewood
182 South Street, Suite 4, Morristown
116 Stanhope Street, Princeton
Contact: Brendan Cartlidge
Age Groups: 6-12th grade

Opening Soon in Montclair!

Fusion Academy is a revolutionary, accredited private middle and high school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. This allows them to personalize curriculum to each student’s learning style. Classes offered at: essential, college prep, and honors. 250+ Courses. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize tutoring services.


Gill St. Bernard’s School
St. Bernard’s Road, Gladstone
908-234-1611 ext.245
Contact: Sarah Rowland
Age Groups: Preschool-Grade 12

To provide a balanced, diverse and secure community that prepares students academically, socially and ethically for college and a meaningful life.


HudsonWay Immersion School
587 Springfield Avenue, Summit
Contact: Elizabeth Williaum (Director) / Tracie Xiong (Admissions)
Age Groups: Ages 2.5 through Grade 5

HudsonWay Immersion School helps build the knowledge, skills, and character of students so they can one day become meaningful, global contributors and citizens of the world. The immersion approach enables students to learn content in two languages, empowering them to become bilingual, bi-cognitive and bi-cultural.


Kent Place School
42 Norwood Avenue, Summit
Contact: Julia Wall, Director of Admission & Financial Aid
Age Groups: Preschool (co-ed); Kindergarten-Grade 12 (all girls)

Founded in 1894, Kent Place School is New Jersey’s only independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory day school for girls, with a co-educational junior pre-kindergarten. Small classes, individualized college counseling, state of the art technology, leadership development, interscholastic athletics and diverse options in the fine arts define a Kent Place education.


Lacordaire Academy
155 Lorraine Avenue, Upper Montclair
973-744-1156 ext. 12
Contact: Joan Hearst
Age Groups: Pre-K–8 (co-ed); Grades 9–12 (girls)

Open House: Lower/Middle School Tuesday, March 14 (8:30-9:30 am)

Lacordaire Academy is an independent college preparatory school rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition serving a diverse student body. A challenging curriculum combines academics, athletics, appreciation of the arts, and community service to empower students to develop their own gifts and talents. They accomplish their mission by working in a collaborative manner engaging the entire Lacordaire community. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell NJ.


The Language Institute
175 Fairfield Avenue, 2C, West Caldwell
Contact: Phyllis Ignozza
Age Groups: Children 5 and up, Teens, College Students, Adults

Quality language instruction for all ages and levels. Personalized instruction, effective methodology, highly qualified and experienced native-speaker teachers. For parents who wish to introduce children to a new language at the optimal age, students seeking enrichment or remedial tutoring or the adult with personal, business or travel goals.


Montclair Cooperative School
65 Chestnut Street, Montclair
Contact: Jackie Yarmo, Director of Admissions
Age Groups: Preschool-Grade 8; Summer Programs for Children Ages 3-14

Montclair Cooperative School is a private, progressive day school with a focus on engaging, experiential curriculum, academic rigor and teaching to the whole child. The Co-op highly values parent involvement and prides itself on its excellent teachers and strong, diverse community of families.


Morristown-Beard School
70 Whippany Road, Morristown
Contact: Rob Mitchell, Director of Upper School Admission; Meg Ahern, Director of Middle School Admission and Financial Aid
Age Groups: Middle School Grades 6-8; Upper School Grades 9-12

Within a culture of support and collaboration, Morristown-Beard School students discover and develop their individual pathways to academic success and personal fulfillment while becoming enlightened, morally responsible citizens of the world.


Mount Saint Mary Academy
1645 Route 22 at Terrill Road, Watchung
908-757-0108 ext. 4506
The mission of Mount Saint Mary Academy is to challenge each student to develop her fullest potential in a Christian
atmosphere of love and caring. As a Catholic, private, secondary school owned by Sisters of Mercy, Mount Saint Mary Academy is committed to academic excellence with special concern for women.


Mount Saint Dominic Academy
3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell
Contact: Mrs. Pauline Condon
Age Groups: Grades 9-12

Join your friends as you prepare for college and for life at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, an independent Catholic college prep school for young women. Here, students from a variety of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds are encouraged to realize their individual gifts and talents through the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community, and mission– the call to make the world a better place.


Musical Theatre Conservatory
Convenient Livingston Location
Contact: Randy Kravitz Elman
Age Groups: 7-18 Beginner to Advanced Levels

MTC’s Broadway Boot Camp offers exciting classes in Singing, Dancing, T.V./Acting, Comedy, Stage Combat, Stage Make up, Hip Hop and Audition Techniques, taught by theatre professionals in a positive and nurturing environment. In just 3 weeks, students travel from classes to rehearsals, culminating in a costumed, B’way Cabaret! Students meet and study with agents and T.V. and Broadway actors. The Final Shows are performed in NJ and NYC–right off Broadway! The camp runs from June 26th-July 15th. Ages 7-8, Beg. To Adv. Levels. Pool parties too! Partial scholarships are available. Enroll by March 1st and save $100!


Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
44 Blackburn Road, Summit
Contact: Suzanne Kimm Lewis
Age Groups: K-12

In a learning climate that is based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person, Oak Knoll provides an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that fosters excellence in every aspect of school life and prepares our graduates to “meet the wants of the age.”


Pucci Performing Arts Centre
19 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, 2nd floor, Livingston
Contact: Kathy Pucci
Age Groups: Boys & Girls 6 to 16

Pucci Performing Arts Centre is dedicated to bringing professional dance and theater instruction to Essex County. Its goal is to reach both eager and hesitant dancers in the community and provide a social and creative outlet as well as a uniting and integrating experience with other dancers. PPAC’s original programs and classes aim to reach clients of different backgrounds and interests and show them the joy and power of dance.


Saint Cassian School
190 Lorraine Avenue, Montclair
Contact: Maria Llanes, Principal
Age Groups: Pre-K–8th grades

St. Cassian School’s mission is to help each child develop as a whole independent person: spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically through a faith-based curriculum integrating technology and the visual and performing arts. St. Cassian School maximizes each student’s potential through a challenging academic curriculum in an environment led by Catholic values. A 2016 recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award, the school is committed to academic excellence emphasizing a technology and arts-infused curriculum. St. Cassian School prepares students not only to meet the challenges of the 21st century, but also be its leaders and champions.


Saint Catherine of Siena School
39 East Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove
Age Groups: 3 and 4 year olds, Pre-K, Kindergarten-Grade 8

Enrollment at Saint Catherine of Siena School is an investment in your child’s future that will pay dividends long after they graduate. The solid combination of strong academics, Christian values, discipline, and responsibility will stay with your children for years. The strong sense of family inspired by Saint Catherine’s community will endure for a lifetime.


St. Patrick School
45 Chatham Street, Chatham, NJ 07928
Age Group: PreK3, PreK4, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten-Grade 8

Open House: March 15, 2017, 4-6pm

Founded in 1872, the mission of Saint Patrick School is based on the ideals of faith, achievement and community. We seek to encourage every student to reach their academic potential and be an example of our Catholic identity by living the Gospel message in service to others. Our school is a United States Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, AdvancED accredited and a Diocese of Paterson STEM school. We embrace the diverse learning styles of our Early Childhood students (3 year old, 4 year old and 5 year old transitional kindergartners), our full day kindergartners, our elementary students in Grades 1-5 and our Middle School students in Grades 6-8. In 2017, Saint Patrick School celebrates it’s 145th Anniversary!


St. Rose of Lima Academy
52 Short Hills Avenue, Short Hills
Contact: Tina Underwood
Age Groups: Pre-K; Grades 3–8

A faith based community of learners changing the world through a clear vision of our Catholic approach to education.


Trinity Academy
235 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
Contact: Mrs. Mary N. Cassels, Principal
Age Groups: Pre-K (age 3) through Grade 8

Trinity Academy fosters a love of learning, a desire for academic excellence, and respect for each other grounded in a shared Catholic faith. Trinity offers small classes, a flexible Pre-K program, full-day Kindergarten and Before/After Care. Trinity Academy is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.


The Winston School of Short Hills
30 East Lane, Short Hills
Contact: Dr. Peter Lewis
Age Groups: Grades 2–8

The Winston School of Short Hills serves students, who though intellectually capable, have had difficulties in school typically due to language-based differences. Winston fosters the potential and optimism in each child by cultivating intellectual, social and emotional growth. After-school programs and a summer camp are open to the community.