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, they’re well worth your time.

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace
99 South Street, New Providence
908-464-8657 ext. 131
Contact: Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed. S, Principal
Age Group: Pre-K-Grade 8
Open House: November 13, 10am-12:30pm; January 29, 2017 - 9am mass, 10am-12:30pm.

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 educational institutions in New Jersey. Students at The Academy, consistently score well above the national average in every category of Terra Nova standardized test scores.

Academy of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Rd. Convent Station, NJ 07961
973-290-5200 |
Contact: Kathleen Thomas, Director of Admissions
Age Group: High School - Girls
Open House: October 2, 2016, 1pm; October 13, 2016, 7pm; November 10, 2016, 7pm
Admission Testing: October 15, 2016, 8am; November 12, 2016, 8am

The mission of The Academy of Saint Elizabeth - a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth - is to promote the disciplines of academic excellence and moral responsibility within a nurturing faith community.

Aquinas Academy
388 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston
Contact: Mr. John Cohrs, Principal or Mrs. Gloria Castucci
Open House: October 25 and November 16
9-11am and 6-7:30pm

Aquinas Academy provides a quality education in a family atmosphere, serving students from preschool-grade 8. Dedicated to the development of academic excellence and Christ-centered values, faculty members focus on the whole child, instructing the mind and nurturing the faith in each student.

Banyan Elementary School
12 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield
Principal: Wendy McNeill
Age Group: Kindergarten–Grade 8
Open House: October 18, 2016; January 18, 2017; and March 7, 2017

Banyan High School
471 Main Street, Little Falls
Principal: Marguerite Freeman
Age Group: Grade 9–12 and L.I.F.E. Academy: 18-21 (Living Independently 4 Ever)
Open House: October 5, 2016; January 11, 2017; February 15, 2017; March 22, 2017; and May 17, 2017

Banyan Elementary School and High School are private, non-profit, state-approved schools for students who learn differently. Our primary focus is the development and reinforcement of reading, language and communication skills. With small classes, individualized attention, integrated assistive technology and a talented, dedicated staff, we are committed to establishing the foundation that students need for learning.

Chatham Day School
700 Shunpike Road, Chatham
973-410-0400 ext. 15
Contact: Kellen Kent, Director of Admission
Age Group: 2 years-Grade 8
Fall Fest & Open House: October 23, 2-4pm
S.T.E.A.M. Expo & Open House: January 2, 2017, 2-4pm
Spring Admissions Open House: April 19, 2017

Chatham Day School is a coeducational preschool through grade eight independent school set on 15 acres in Chatham Township. They celebrate and value 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 Craig High School
310 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton
Contact: Debra Gallo
Age groups: Grade 9-12
Open House: October 24; November 16, 2016; January 18, 2017; March 22, 2017 and May 3, 2017. Presentations will begin promptly at 9am followed by a tour of the facility.

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

The Craig School
Tower Hill Road - Mt Lakes, NJ
Contact: Debra Gallo
Age group: Grade 2-8
Open House: September 20; October 11; November 15; January 10, 2017; March 14, 2017 and May 9, 2017. Presentations will begin promptly at 10am followed by a tour of the facility.

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

Far Brook School
52 Great Hills Road, Short Hills
Contact: Mikki Murphy, Admissions
Age group: 3-15 (Pre-K - Grade 8)
Open House: October 26, 8:30am-Noon
Small Group Tours: November 18, 8:15-10:30am; November 29, 8:15-10:30am; January 6, 2017, 8:15-10:30am; January 10, 2017, 8:15-10:30am

Discover an inspired childhood at Far Brook School, an independent, coeducational day school for 240 students from Pre-K through Grade Eight. Liberal arts and sciences are integrated with creative arts in our progressive approach to education. Far Brook’s theme-based curriculum sparks then nurtures curiosity and equips students with the skills and habits of mind needed for success in their lifelong learning journeys. Our new state of the art Music & Arts Building and Kronthal Science & Environmental Center provide exceptional learning spaces and direct access to the Schoolyard Wetlands Habitat. Student-faculty ratio is 6 to 1. Visit our campus and discover Far Brook.

Far Hills Country Day School
697 US-202, Far Hills
(908) 766-0622
Contact: Kevin Donnelly, Director of Admission & Enrollment Management
Age group: PreK–Grade 8
Lower School Open House: October 7, 2016, 9–10:30am
All-School Open House: November 17, 2016, 9–10:30am

Through academic excellence and character development, Far Hills Country Day School provides each student brilliant beginnings for success in the modern world.

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School
326 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
Contact: Kathleen Carlson
Age Group: 2 to 6 years old
Open House: January 11, 9:30-11am and 7-8pm

At First Presbyterian Church Nursery School, we are committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that encourages exploration and creativity. We strive to find the talents and interests inside each child and provide exceptional teachers who inspire our students with the wonders around them.

Gill St. Bernard’s School
St. Bernard’s Road, Gladstone
908-234-1611 ext. 245
Contact: Sarah Rowland, Director of Admission & Financial Aid
Age group: Preschool – Grade 12
Open House: October 16, 1pm; November 20, 1pm
School Tour: November 1, 9am; December 1, 9am; January 10, 2017, 9am; February 7, 9am; March 7, 2017; 9am; April 18, 9am
Spring Admission Preview: May 9, 9am

The mission statement of Gill St. Bernard’s School is to provide a balanced, diverse and secure community that prepares students academically, socially and ethically for college and a meaningful life.

Golda Och Academy
Wilf Lower School Campus
122 Gregory Avenue, West Orange
Age Group: PreK- Grade 12
PreK/Kindergarten/First Grade Open House: November 1, 9:30–11am (At the Wilf Lower School Campus)

Eric F. Ross Upper School Campus
1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange
9th Grade Open House: September 25, 10am–noon (at the Eric F. Ross Upper School Campus)

The preeminent preparatory school in New Jersey for Jewish Education, Golda Och Academy unlocks the potential of their students by cultivating their critical thinking skills and nurturing their intellectual curiosity through the study of the humanities, sciences, Judaics and creative arts.

Hudson Way Immersion School
587 Springfield Avenue, Summit
Contact: Tracie Xiong
Age Group: 2 - 12
Open House: November 9; December 2; January 20, 2017 and February 15, 2017

At Hudson Way Immersion School, our mission is to help build the knowledge, skills, and character of our students so they can one day become meaningful, global contributors and citizens of the world. Our 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, NJ 07901
Contact: Julia Wall, Director of Admission & Financial Aid
Open House Registration:
Age group: Preschool, coed; Kindergarten-Grade 12, all girls
Open House: October 22, 9-11am Preschool & Kindergarten (children welcome); October 23, 1-3pm All School (Preschool - Grade 12); November 20, 1-3pm All School (Preschool - Grade 12)
Info Sessions: December 6, 9-11am Middle & Upper School (Grades 6-12); December 8, 9:30-11:30am Primary School (Preschool - Grade 5)

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 and 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, NJ 07043
973-744-1156 ext. 12
Contact: Joan Hearst, Director of Admissions
All Academy Open House Sunday, October 2, (1-3 pm)
Be a Freshman For a Day Thursday, October 13, (8 am-12 pm)

Lacordaire Academy is an independent college preparatory school rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition serving a diverse student body; coed Pre-K through 8 and young women in grades 9-12. 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.

Montclair Cooperative School
65 Chestnut Street, Montclair
Contact: Jackie Yarmo, Director of Admissions E-mail:
Age Group: Preschool-Grade 8
Open House: Tuesday, October 4 and Thursday, November 10 from 9:30-11am

Montclair Cooperative School is a community of students, teachers and parents who are dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually and where they develop exceptional academic and social skills along with a deep sense of community responsibility.

Morristown-Beard School
70 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Contact: Rob Mitchell, Director of Admission, Meg Ahern, Director of Financial Aid and Middle School Admission
Age group: Middle School grades 6-8; Upper School grades 9-12
Open House: Upper School- November 13, 1pm; Middle School- October 16, 1pm
Information Session: Upper School- October 5, November 9, January 10, 9:30am; Middle School- Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Jan. 24, 9am

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 Dominic Academy
3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell, New Jersey
Director of Admission: Mrs. Pauline Condon 973-226-0660 ext. 1114
Age Group: Grade 9-12
Open House: September 25, Noon; October 26, 6:30pm; and April 26, 6:30pm

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.

Mt. Saint Mary Academy
1645 Route 22 at Terrill Road, Watchung
Contact: Donna Toryak, Director of Admissions
Age Group: Grades 9-12
Open House: Sunday, October 23 from 1-4:30pm

A Catholic, independent Mercy school that provides exemplary college preparatory education for young women. For over 100 years, the Mount has inspired young women to become their best selves. In an ever-changing world, the Mount remains a place where innovation shapes the learning environment while timeless values serve as the foundation.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
44 Blackburn Road, Summit
Contact: Suzanne Kimm Lewis
Age group: Kindergarten-Grade 12
Open House: Upper School—October 1 and November 5, 9:30 am; Lower School November 2, December 7, January 11, 2017, February 1, 2017, and March 8, 2017, 9:30am
School Tours: November 16, 9:30 Middle School; December 7, 4:30pm Upper School

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, NJ, Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, is a coed, private, Catholic elementary school for grades kindergarten through 6, and an all-girls middle and high school for grades 7 through 12.

The Peck School
247 South Street Morristown
973-5398660, ext. 117
Contact: Erin Ceder, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Age Group: Kindergarten-Grade 8
Open House: October 15, 10am-Noon; November 13, 1-3pm

In life, knowledge must be guided by values. Our commitment to character formation and high academic standards builds the capacity for disciplined learning and consideration of others. With dedicated faculty and families, we prepare our students to succeed in secondary school and to lead healthy, productive, and principled lives.

Trinity Academy
235 Bloomfield Ave. Caldwell
973-226-3386 ext. 10
Contact: Mrs. Mary N. Cassels, Principal
Open House Registration:
Age Group: Pre-K3 & Pre-K4, Full Day Kindergarten, Grade 1-8
Open House: October 30, Noon-2:30pm; February 12, Noon-2:30pm; March 26, Noon-2:30pm; April 30, Noon-2:30pm (includes Petting Zoo)
Private Tours available anytime, call for appointment

Trinity Academy is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence & Middle States Accredited pre-K to grade 8 Catholic school. Trinity’s mission is to provide students with a challenging academic environment while educating the whole person in the Catholic tradition. Trinity Academy offers small class sizes, flexible Pre-K with before and after care, a full-day Kindergarten program, and a nurturing environment that allows every child to thrive.

St. Patrick School
45 Chatham Street, Chatham, NJ 07928
Age Group: PreK3, PreK4, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten-Grade 8
Open House: November 2, 9am-1:30pm; January 29, 2017, 12:30-2:30pm; 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.

Winston Preparatory School
901 Route 10 East
Contact: Erica Piche, MA, CCC-SLP, Assistant Head of School and Admissions Director
Age Group: Grade 2-12
Open House:
October 18, 10 am, December 6, at 10 am, January 11 at 10 am, January 18 at 7pm, February 7 at 10 am, March 8 at 10 am, March 22 at 7pm

At WPS they view each student as a unique individual learner who has potential and is able to learn. It is also important to them that their work is grounded in research regarding how people learn and the learning differences that cause students to struggle. They begin their understanding by looking through a neuropsychological lens based on decades of research on learning and cognition. This is just the first step. It is important that they understand both who their students are as learners, as well as who they are as people. WPS students have some notable gifts, and their individual approach allows them to explore and develop these gifts. Everything they do is based on this in-depth understanding of each individual student.