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2018 Independent Schools Guide––CT, NY, MA

Below is a list of all the schools in the area. It includes public, private, all girls, all boys and special needs designations on the listing.

Apple Blossom School & Family Center

Wilton, CT

Nursery – K,
203-493-4003,
appleblossomschool.org

Apple Blossom offers formal
parent/child programs based on the Waldorf method of education, which seeks to nurture the head, heart,
and hands. Children learn to build
their emotional strength. A new
extended care program allows parents to drop children off at 8 am to be picked up by 4 pm.

 

Avon Old Farms (All boys)

Avon, CT

Enrollment: 405, 9 – post-grad, all boys, 860-404-4100,
avonoldfarms.com

Founded in 1927, this boy’s boarding school uses programs designed to help young men focus on healthy development during a time when distractions abound. Avon’s core values of honesty, integrity, and community permeate life at this bucolic campus.

 

Bement School

Deerfield, MA

Enrollment: 206, K – 9, 413-774-7061, bement.org

From classrooms to dorms, Bement aims to learn as a family while encouraging individual accountability. It strives for an academically diverse and multicultural student body that works together to create an intellectually rigorous climate of acceptance and kindness.

 

Berkshire Country Day

Stockbridge, MA

Enrollment: 210, Pre-K – 9,
413-637-0755,
berkshirecountryday.org

Berkshire Country Day provides a stimulating and challenging education in a supportive and nurturing environment. Students’ academic excellence is coupled with well-rounded development. BCD has expanded its program for visual and performing arts, making these subjects an integral part of the curriculum for students of all ages. The preschool follows the Reggio Emilia approach.

 

Berkshire School

Sheffield, MA

Enrollment: 399, 9 – 12,
413-229-8511,  berkshireschool.org

Established in 1907, Berkshire School prepares 9th-12th graders for a global future. Pioneering programs—advanced math/science, advanced humanities, and sustainability and resource management—coexist with AP offerings in all disciplines. Students embrace the school motto: “Learning—not just for school, but for life.”

 

Berkshire Waldorf High School

Great Barrington, MA

Enrollment: 50, 9 – 12,
413-298-3800, berkshirewaldorf.com

In its 13th year, this co-ed college-prep school provides education for truth-seeking adolescents with imagination. A 2:1 ratio of students to faculty creates an atmosphere of academic excellence, artistic fulfillment, openness, and mutual respect with a mission to be affordable to all admitted students.

 

Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of CT

Stamford, CT

Enrollment: 372, Pre-k-12

203-329-2186, 203-357-0850,
bcds.org, jhsct.org

The Bi-Cultural Day School and The Jewish High School of Connecticut have joined forces to create one comprehensive educational institution, combined student bodies steeped in Torah values and love of Israel.

 

Brunswick School (All boys)

Greenwich, CT

Enrollment: 984, Pre-K – 12, all boys, 203-625-5800, brunswickschool.org

A tradition since 1902, Brunswick aims to develop the “whole boy.” Says one parent: “Top-notch college placement, excellent academics, and strong values attracted us.” The school also features outstanding facilities and competitive athletics.

 

Buxton School in Williamstown

Williamstown, MA

Enrollment: 78, 9 – 12,
413-458-3919, buxtonschool.org

Founded in 1928, this small, progressive, and diverse boarding and day college is a preparatory school that believes “that education should be the process of learning how to live fully as an individual and effectively in the social world.”.

 

Canterbury School (Religiously affiliated)

New Milford, CT

Enrollment: 322, 9 – 12,
860-210-3800, cbury.org

This Catholic college-prep day and boarding school hopes to inculcate a love of learning in its students to prepare them for life after graduation. The campus boasts a warm family atmosphere that is created by a committed faculty and talented students who want to be part of this community. Gathered from 21 states and 16 countries, students strive to embody five values: honesty, respect, compassion, spirituality, and self-reliance. Academically challenging, the school offers students an array of classes, including more than 20 AP courses.

 

Chase Collegiate School

Waterbury, CT

Enrollment: 402, Pre-K – 12,
203-236-9500, chasecollegiate.org

Chase believes that strong students deserve a worthy challenge, so it keeps class sizes low—between 11-13 kids. Comprised of a motivated, ambitious, and passionate student body, the Upper School (grades 9-12) offers 14 AP classes for those who wish to deepen their education, and the Lower School has exciting features, such as a Gardening Program, to encourage continuously growing learners.

 

Cheshire Academy

Cheshire, CT

Enrollment: 400, 8-post-grad, 203-272-5396, cheshireacademy.org

Founded over 220 years ago, this co-educational, college preparatory school boasts a low student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1 and average class size of 12. Cheshire strives to inform its students of international issues, they have students from around 30 countries and 42 states, thus creating global citizens. An international baccalaureate program stands out as an extremely unique opportunity for motivated students.

 

Choate Rosemary Hall

Wallingford, CT

Enrollment: 859, 9 – post-grad,
203-697-2000, choate.edu

Spread over 400 acres and offering 240 courses, CRH  attracts an array of eager learners from across the globe. The school maintains a high standard of academic achievement, but passionate teachers ensure that each individual becomes a critical, independent thinker. Outside the classroom, students excel as athletes, performers, and leaders. Offers programs in China, France, Spain, Japan, and Jordan.

 

Christian Heritage School (Religiously affiliated)

Trumbull, CT

Enrollment: 450, K – 12, 203-261-6230,
kingsmen.org

This school combines Christian values with a rigorous curriculum and strong athletic program. Through a challenging environment, students learn to face tough problems and take responsibility.

 

Connecticut Friends School (Religiously affiliated)

Wilton, CT

Enrollment: 60, Pre-K -8,
203-762-9860, ctfriendsschool.org

With 35 students in only 6 multi-age classrooms. The school establishes a formidable environment that challenges and enables students. Interweaves the best of Quaker education with the best of homeschooling.

 

Convent of the Sacred Heart (All girls and Religiously affiliated)

Greenwich, CT

Enrollment: 729, Pre-K – 12, all girls,
203-531-6500, cshgreenwich.org

This independent Catholic, college-prep school teaches academic excellence, spiritual foundation, and modern facilities. Steeped in a solid academic tradition, Sacred Heart educates women to have independence of judgment, personal freedom, and strength of character so that they can become leaders.

 

Dana Hall School (All girls)

Wellesley, MA

Enrollment: 469, 5- 12, all girls,
781-235-3010, danahall.org

An independent boarding and day school for girls, Dana Hall fosters growth for each individual and prepares them for college and rich, rewarding lives. Students are exposed to challenges and develop analytical and creative thinking abilities through rigorous core requirements that focus intensely on academic skills, like writing and research. Teachers fuel each classroom with fresh information and perspectives gained from sabbatical. In addition to other services, Dana Hall also features a Riding Center Horsemanship Camp.   >

 

Darrow School

New Lebanon, NY

Enrollment: 118, 9 – 12, 518-794-6000
darrowschool.org

Darrow puts learning into action with its expansive, engaging curriculum that focuses on core courses in the arts, science, history, math, English, and foreign languages. Class sizes on average have nine students and an enviable 4:1 student-teacher ratio. The school is also a leading proponent of sustainability, and incorporates the subject into the classroom and community’s way of life.

 

Eagle Hill School, Greenwich

Greenwich, CT

Enrollment: 265, Ages 5-15, 203-622-9240

eaglehillschool.org

Eagle Hill offers a language-based, remedial program committed to educating children with learning disabilities. As a secure, structured and nurturing environment, Eagle Hill supports the development of the whole child for students of various ages.

 

The Ethel Walker School (All girls)

Simsbury, CT

Enrollment: 252, 6 – post-grad, all girls,

860-408-4467, ethelwalker.org

The Ethel Walker School, founded in 1911 as a college preparatory boarding and day school for girls, is a diverse community dedicated to scholarship, athletics, the arts, community service and wellness. It offers a critical academic experience with a solid foundation. Ethel Walker also boasts a nationally acclaimed equestrian program, which allows students to enjoy the 600-acre campus, and a brand new apiary.

 

Ezra Academy (Religiously affiliated)

Woodbridge, CT

Enrollment: 143, K – 8, 203-389-5500,
ezraacademyct.org

Ezra Academy helps children become independent, lifelong learners and caring citizens committed to the Judaic Faith. Classes are rooted in the Jewish tradition of critical thinking and ethical behavior.

 

Fairfield College Preparatory School (All boys & Religiously affiliated)

Fairfield, CT

Enrollment: 820, 9 – 12, all boys, 203-254-4210, fairfieldprep.org

Located on the 200-acre semirural Fairfield U campus, Fairfield Prep is a traditional Jesuit high school of excellence. Its mission is to offer the finest college prep, to inspire a love of learning, and to invite each student to deepen his relationship with God. Prep aims to form young men who possess the conscience to make wise decisions, a compassion for others, and a commitment to justice in our global society.

 

Fairfield Country Day School (All boys)

Fairfield, CT

Enrollment: 271, Pre-K – 9, all boys,

203-259-2723,
fairfieldcountryday.org

For over 80 years, FCDS has been educating boys with a challenging boy-specific curriculum that is rigorously designed to stretch each boy to reach his full potential. Signature strengths of the school are the public speaking program and the tight-knit student body of boys who possess a unique blend of diverse talents and energies. FCDS is a school where every boy is known and every boy is celebrated.

 

Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict-Magnet HS

Bridgeport, CT

Enrollment: 1,500, Grade 9-12

203-275-3337, fairchildwheeler.org

Fairchild Wheeler follows a brand new, STEM project-based curriculum for students from Bridgeport, Trumbull, Fairfield, Shelton, Stratford, Easton/Redding, Monroe, and Milford.

 

Forman School (Special needs)

Litchfield, CT

Enrollment: 218, 9 – Post-grad,

860-567-8712,  formanschool.org

A co-ed boarding and day school for students who face dyslexia, ADHD, and other differences, Forman boasts a rigorous curriculum, and strong support system. With the guidance of trained professionals and state-of-the-art assistive technology, students are taught to make thoughtful, value-based life decisions.

 

Fraser-Woods Montessori School

Newtown, CT

Enrollment: 206, Pre-K – 8,

203-426-3390, fraserwoods.com

Fraser-Woods knows, understands, and accepts its students, aged 18 months to 14 years, and offers space to learn via the Montessori method of teaching.

 

German School of CT

Stamford, CT

Enrollment:350, PreK-12, 203-548-0438

germanschoolct.org

The German School of Connecticut, with campuses both in Stamford and West Hartford, is comprised of enthusiastic teachers, students, and parents who meet every Saturday to teach and learn German. Students come from both German-speaking and non-German-speaking households.

 

Glenholme School (Special needs)

Washington, CT

Enrollment: 105, 5 – Post-grad,

860-868-7377,

theglenholmeschool.org

A boarding school for students with special needs, the Glenholme School offers individually prescribed learning environments coupled with a steadfast academic curriculum.

 

Great Beginnings Montessori

Fairfield, CT

Enrollment: 73, Pre K – 6,

203-254-8208, greatmontessori.com

This school employs the Montessori teaching method to develop each child’s potential through work and activities that promote social competence, physical coordination, academic excellence, and spiritual nourishment.

 

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Great Barrington, MA

Enrollment: 170, Pre-K – 8,
413-528-4015, gbrss.org

Since 1971, GBRSS has provided a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning for its students on a 32-acre campus. One of more than 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide, the school offers a curriculum that integrates fine and practical arts.

Greens Farms Academy

Westport, CT

Enrollment: 715, PreK – 12,
203-256-0717, gfacademy.org

A day school committed to helping students through a diligent course of study, by developing critical, creative, and independent thinkers. Classes are often gathered around the Harkness table, where students engage in spirited conversation and debate.

 

Greenwich Academy (All girls)

Greenwich, CT

Enrollment: 784, Pre-K – 12,
203-625-8900,
greenwichacademy.org

Founded in 1827, it is the sixth-oldest girls school in the country, and is uncompromisingly dedicated to building the character of girls and young women. One parent says, “We chose GA because we felt strongly about single-sex education as a tool for building self-esteem.” Athletic teams are competitive, and facilities are top-notch.

 

Greenwich Country Day School

Greenwich, CT

Enrollment: 900, Pre-K – 9,
203-863-5600,  gcds.net

Founded in 1926, this coed day school defines itself as a “family” that fosters academic excellence. Creative teaching methods instill a lasting love of learning in students.

 

The Gunnery School

Washington, CT

Enrollment: 306, 9 – post-grad,

860-868-7334, gunnery.org

Founded in 1850, this co-ed boarding and day school maintains founder Frederick Gunn’s belief that strength of character is the goal of education.

 

Hackley School

Tarrytown, NY

Enrollment: 840, K – 12,
914-366-2600, hackleyschool.org

This co-ed boarding and day school holds true to the belief that character is higher than intellect. Outstanding academics allow for students to expand their minds.

 

Hamden Hall Country Day School

Hamden, CT

Enrollment: 575, PreK – 12,
203-752-2600, hamdenhall.org

An independent, coeducational preschool through grade 12 day school that fosters the individual growth of every student. It challenges students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity, social responsibility, and a global perspective.

 

The Harvey School

Katonah, NY

Enrollment: 355, 6 – 12,
914-232-3161, harveyschool.org

Located on a wooded, 125-acre campus in the heart of upper Westchester County, the school (which recently celebrated its centennial) educates highly-motivated students in a warm, supportive setting. With an average class size of ten students, teachers become familiar with individual learning styles. Harvey offers a variety of honors / AP courses in addition to performing arts, sports, and community service.

 

Hillside School (All boys)

Marlborough, MA

Enrollment: 355, 4 – 9,
508-485-2824, hillsideschool.net

Known as “a small school with a big heart,” Hillside offers a carefully balanced curriculum to prepare students for a challenging and successful future. With its 7:1 student to teacher ratio, students are provided the attention and dedication they need to thrive in this boarding and day school.

 

Holy Cross (Religiously affiliated)

Waterbury, CT

Enrollment: 500, 9 – 12, 203-757-9248,
holycrosshs-ct.com

Holy Cross provides a total Christian education for young men and women. It prepares students for college placement and a successful professional life while stimulating intellectual growth. Qualified juniors and seniors are given the opportunity to complete college courses through the university’s online program.

 

Hopkins School

New Haven, CT

Enrollment: 714, 7 – 12,

203-397-1001, hopkins.edu

Located on a 108-acre campus, Hopkins is the third-oldest independent school in the country, and admissions are very competitive. The headmaster says students are challenged to try on the “habits of mind that historians, writers, linguists, scientists, artists, and athletes bring to their disciplines.”

 

The Hotchkiss School

Lakeville, CT

Enrollment: 613, 9 – Post-grad,

860-435-2591,

hotchkiss.org

An independent boarding school founded in 1891, Hotchkiss’ diverse student body migrates from all over the United States and 34 different countries. Individuals enjoy a beautiful campus that overlooks Lake Wononscopomuc and spans a total of 827 acres.

 

Housatonic Valley Waldorf School

Newtown, CT

Enrollment: 109, PreK-8,

203-364-1113,
waldorfct.org

Based on the ideas of educator and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, a Waldorf education fosters the ability to think with clarity, to feel with compassion, and to initiate change with confidence.

 

Hyde School

Woodstock, CT

Enrollment: 170, 9 – 12,

860-963-9096, hyde.edu

Devoted to preparing its students with the necessary tools to succeed and excel after graduation. The curriculum aims to build character by requiring students to participate in athletics, arts, community service, and campus jobs.

 

Indian Mountain School

Lakeville, CT

Enrollment: 250, PreK – 9, 860-435-0871,
indianmountain.org

The school promotes growth and academic excellence in a diverse learning environment. Students learn to be active participants in their education, and teachers engage children in the conversation of learning.

 

Kent School

Kent, CT

Enrollment: 575, 9 – 12,

860-927-6000, kent-school.edu

Faculty encourage and support students as they tackle unique, challenging courses such as screenwriting, Mandarin, and biotechnology. Self-motivation and initiative are rewarded. For instance, one Kent program allows students to build their own course.  A renowned group of faculty and alums.

 

King Low Heywood Thomas

Stamford, CT

Enrollment: 675, Pre-K – 12,
203-322-3486, kingschoolct.org

The school believes individual accomplishment must link with respect for others and embrace human and cultural diversity. Teachers take a personalized approach to education to foster excellence, and maintain a comprehensive learning profile of students.

 

Lauralton Hall (All girls & Religiously affiliated)

Milford, CT

Enrollment: 418, 9 – 12, 203-877-2786,

lauraltonhall.org

The school prepares girls to become competent, confident, and compassionate young women. It offers a stern curriculum that highlights critical thinking skills and problem solving.

 

Litchfield Montessori School

Northfield, CT

Enrollment: 82, Pre-K – 8, 860-283-5920,
litchfieldmontessori.org

Committed to helping each student acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for life-long learning.

 

The Long Ridge School

Stamford, CT

Enrollment: 130, Pre-K – 5, 203-322-7693

longridgeschool.org

The 14-acre campus is a natural laboratory for the study of biology, botany, and ecology and is home to the school’s sun-filled academic buildings, and the arts and athletics center. Students spend two years with the same teachers.

 

Loomis Chaffee

Windsor, CT

Enrollment: 690, 9 – 12, 860-687-6000,

loomischaffee.org

The mission is to advance the development of spirit, mind, and body in boys and girls drawn from diverse cultures and to inspire in them a commitment to be their best. Academic advisors encourage students to make the most of Loomis’ classes and research opportunities.

 

Maplebrook School (Special needs)

Amenia, NY

Enrollment: 95, 6 – Post-grad, 845-373-9511,
maplebrookschool.org

Founded in 1945 by parents seeking better education opportunities for their children, Maplebrook has grown into a prominent coeducational boarding and day school for students with learning differences and/or attention deficit disorder (ADD).

 

Marianapolis Preparatory School (Religiously affiliated)

Thompson, CT

Enrollment: 400, 9 – Post-grad,

860-923-9565, marianapolis.org

Dedicated to building character and compassion with a strong foundation of Catholic values and academic excellence. The student body represents 22 countries and each classroom has an 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio. .

 

The Marvelwood School

Kent, CT

Enrollment: 143, 9 –Post-grad,

860-927-0047, marvelwood.org

Though Marvelwood does have a variety of honors and AP courses, it is known for its unique support programs that reflect its dedication to the individual. Community service is an integral pillar.

 

The Masters School

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Enrollment: 667, 5 – 12, 914-479-6400,
mastersny.org

Masters encourages academic achievement, artistic development, and athletic endeavor. The school utilizes the Harkness approach to learning; classes are taught in seminar format around a large, wooden table, which encourages students to take an active role.

 

The Mead School

Stamford, CT

Enrollment: 71, Pre-K – 8, 203-595-9500, meadschool.org

The Mead School offers an intimate setting in which traditional academics combine with hands-on learning. Children are nurtured as lifelong learners and contributors to society.

 

Millbrook School

Millbrook, NY

Enrollment: 315, 9 – 12, 845-677-8261, millbrook.org

Millbrook offers a rigorous, college-prep program that integrates academics, service, athletics, arts, and leadership. A gifted faculty seeks to promote in each student the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth that will lead to a life both individually satisfying and valuable to the greater society. An ideal size of 315 students and an on-campus service program, highlighted by the AZA-accredited Trevor Zoo, foster a positive student culture where all students are known and needed. Located 90 miles from Manhattan on a stunningly beautiful 800-acre campus in the Hudson Valley, Millbrook is a leader in conservation education and sustainability.

 

Miss Hall’s School (All girls)

Pittsfield, MA

Enrollment: 212, 9-12, 413-443-6401, misshalls.org

An all girl’s school boasting an 80-acre Berkshires campus, Miss Hall’s believes in teaching students to be the leaders of the next generation. The campus is diverse, comprised of approximately 35 percent international students. To graduate, each girl must participate in Horizons, an off-campus community service program.

 

Miss Porter’s School (All girls)

Farmington, CT

Enrollment: 313,  9 – 12,

860-409-3500, porters.org

A community of 306 girls, Miss Porter’s has an average class size of 10. The school’s mission is to provide an exemplary education, with core characteristics of curiosity, global citizenship, integrity, and courage.

 

Montessori School

Wilton (lower), 203-834-0440,  Norwalk, CT (upper), 203-840-1850

Enrollment: 218, Pre-K – 8,
themontessorischool.com

The mission is to adhere to the philosophy of Maria Montessori. The school aims to create a joyful community that provides an atmosphere to support the growth of the child.

 

Montessori School of the Berkshires

Lenox Dale, MA

Enrollment: 101, Pre-K – 8, 413-637-3662, berkshiremontessori.org

The schools mission is “to inspire children to develop independent thinking, self-assurance, inner discipline, and a love of learning in an authentic Montessori environment.”

 

New Canaan Country School

New Canaan, CT

Enrollment: 595, Pre-K – 9,

203-972-0771,
countryschool.net

For 100 years, NCCS has combined a deep belief in tradition and the educational value of fundamental skills with an ongoing commitment to creative teaching and self-evaluation.

 

Notre Dame Catholic High School (Religiously affiliated)

Fairfield, CT

Enrollment: 524, 9 – 12, 203-372-6521, notredame.org

The school’s mission is to help young adults grow in character, faith, and intellect. Students must dedicate a certain number of hours to community service. Graphic design courses are offered, which speaks to Notre Dame’s appreciation for technology.

 

Our Lady of Fatima (Religiously affiliated)

Wilton, CT

Enrollment: 181, Pre-K-8, 203-762-8100, fatimaschoolwilton.org

Based on the principles of Catholic values and teachings and seeks to build confident students willing to put the needs of others before their own.

The Rectory School

Pomfret, CT

Enrollment: 250, K – 9, 860-963-6740, rectoryschool.org

Responsibility, respect, honesty, and compassion is the school’s creed that speaks to its passion to nurture the individual needs of its students. Founded in 1920, Rectory has a diverse student body with 30 percent from overseas.

 

Pine Cobble School

Williamstown, MA

Enrollment: 163, Pre-K – 9,

413-458-4680, pinecobble.org

This independent, coeducational day school puts laughter and learning in the same category. This close-knit community ensures that each student is nurtured, respectful, and develops a love of learning.

 

Ridgefield Academy

Ridgefield, CT

Enrollment: 264, Pre-K – 8,
203-894-1800, ridgefieldacademy.org

Parents choose Ridgefield Academy, and its affiliated Landmark Academy pre-school, for three main reasons: a culture immersed in strong values, a comprehensive academic program, and the close partnership students and parents share with teachers. A cutting-edge media center and a fabulous new food service—farm-to-table—can be found here.

 

Rippowam Cisqua School

Mount Kisco, NY (lower), 914-244-1200, and Bedford, NY (upper),
914-244-1250,

Enrollment: 400, Pre-K – 9, rcsny.org

On two campuses, but one mission: to promote critical thinking, individual development, and personal excellence. Parents are drawn to RCS because of the small class sizes, supportive learning environment, and dedicated teachers. Graduates attend prestigious boarding and day schools.

 

Rumsey Hall School

Washington Depot, CT

Enrollment: 335, K – 9, 860-868-0535,  rumseyhall.org

An independent boarding and day school, it prepares students for the discipline required in secondary schools, through small co-ed classes and sound academics. Students also have the opportunity to participate in theater productions and sports.

 

Sacred Heart Academy (All girls & Religiously affiliated)

Hamden, CT

Enrollment: 494, 9-12 203-288-2309,
sacredhearthamden.org

A private, Catholic high school that instills Christian values in its students while providing a well-rounded curriculum as well as a vast array of electives.

 

Salisbury School (All boys & Religiously affiliated)

Salisbury, CT

Enrollment: 310, 9 – post-grad,

860-435-5700, salisburyschool.org

The school instills an enthusiasm for learning and the self-confidence needed for intellectual, physical, and spiritual development. Beautiful 700-acre campus.

 

SoundView Prep School

Yorktown Heights, NY

Enrollment: 60, 6-12, 914-962-2780

soundviewprep.org

Founded in 1989 on the philosophy that students thrive in small classes and in an environment where competition is minimized. SoundView Prep offers a smaller academic setting, investing intensely in each individual student, and building a community where every student feels welcomed and valued.

 

 South Kent School

South Kent, CT

Enrollment: 170, 9 – Post-grad,

860-927-3539,  southkentschool.org

Provides students with the intellectual, moral, physical, and social framework for scholastic achievement. The Center for Innovation teaches sustainability.

 

The Southport School (Special needs)

Southport, CT

Enrollment: 110, K – 8, 203-254-2044,
southportschool.org

The Southport School is dedicated to creating an environment for intelligent and creative students in kindergarten through eighth grade with language-based learning differences, like dyslexia, and attention difficulties. The school recognizes each student’s individual strengths and untapped potential, promotes independent thinking, develops self-esteem and self-advocacy, and supports a successful transition for continued academic achievement. In our co-educational elementary, middle, and summer school programs, students can safely take risks and are championed by an expert faculty that is student-focused and uses research and evidence-based approaches. Our whole-child approach reawakens students’ love of learning, resiliency, and sense of possibilities. (Formerly named Eagle Hill Southport School. Name changed in November 2017.)

 

St. Aloysius Catholic School (Religiously affiliated)

New Canaan, CT

Enrollment: 215, K – 8, 203-966-0786,
sasncct.org

The curriculum rests upon a foundation of strong Catholic values.

 

The Stanwich School (Religiously affiliated)

Greenwich, CT

Enrollment: 280, Pre-K – 12,

203-542-0000, stanwichschool.org

Rigorous academics, competitive athletics, a signature arts program, character education and values based on the Judeo-Christian tradition are hallmarks of the Stanwich experience.

 

St. Joseph High School (Religiously affiliated)

Trumbull, CT,

Enrollment: 794, 9 – 12, 203-378-9378,

sjcadets.org

St. Joseph’s encourages students to realize their full potential and helps them excel in higher education. On the 25-acre campus, students have the chance to participate in 24 varsity-level athletic teams.  All students must fulfill a community service requirement, and the overarching theme changes depending on grade-level.

 

St. Luke’s School

New Canaan, CT

Enrollment: 565, 5 – 12, 203-966-5612,

stlukesct.org

A secular, college-prep day school attracts families from over 25 towns. The Center for Leadership emphasizes teamwork, communication, community service, and a global mindset; with the proper skillset, anyone can become a successful leader.

 

St. Mary School (Religiously affiliated)

Ridgefield, CT

Enrollment: 249, Pre-K – 8,

203-438-7288,  smsridgefield.org

Besides building a strong faith, there is a focus on world languages, fine arts and music, science, technology, and math.

 

St. Patrick’s School (Religiously affiliated)

Bedford, NY

Enrollment: 178, Pre-K – 8, 914-234-7914,
stpatricksbedford.com

A caring Catholic-school community where academic excellence is enriched by faith. For 60 years, this co-ed elementary school has served Westchester and Connecticut. Facilities include a state-of-the art science lab.

 

St. Stephen’s Nursery School (Religiously affiliated)

Ridgefield, CT

Enrollment: Nursery – Pre-K,

203-438-6806,
saintstephensnurseryschool.org

Teaching basic math, reading, and science while helping develop social skills.

 

The Storm King School

Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Enrollment: 180, 9 – 12,

845-534-7892,  sks.org

In an environment that encourages stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, students and faculty recognize the importance of embracing challenges to grow.

 

The Taft School

Watertown, CT

Enrollment: 595, 9 – Post-grad,

860-945-7777, taftschool.org

Students from 33 states and 30 countries gather on the 220-acre campus of this boarding and day school. The school’s motto is “not to be served but to serve.”

 

 Trinity Pawling School (All boys)

Pawling, NY

Enrollment: 300, 7 – 12,

845-855-3100, trinitypawling.org

Set on 150 acres, TP embraces the core values of integrity, tradition, and community. Under the Effort System, each boy receives a grade on a six-week basis that accounts for academics, athletics, and extracurriculars.

 

The Unquowa School

Fairfield, CT

Enrollment: 200, Pre-K – 8,

203-336-3801,unquowa.org

The “school by the brook”offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum with an emphasis on experiential learning.

 

Washington Montessori School

New Preston, CT

Enrollment: 250, Pre-K – 8, 860-868-0551,
washingtonmontessori.org

Dedicated to students’ intellectual development with a focus on self-reliance, built upon the Montessori philosophy. New tennis courts, a soccer field, and natural playground!

 

Westover School (All girls)

Middlebury, CT

Enrollment: 200, 9 – 12, 203-758-2423,

westoverschool.org

To inspire the intellectual, artist, athlete, and philosopher. The Rasin Center for Global Justice serves as a way for girls to explore environmental sustainability.

 

Whitby School

Greenwich, CT

Enrollment: 448, Pre-K – 8,

203-869-8464,  whitbyschool.org

US’s largest Montessori school, its diverse student body represents 40 countries.

 

Williston Northampton School

Easthampton, MA

Enrollment: 440, 7 – 12, 413-529-3000,

williston.com

Founded in 1841, a student-centered institution with a Middle School and Upper School from 25 states and 27 countries. Classes are discussion-based. It shares resources with the Five College Consortium.

 

Winston Preparatory School

Norwalk, CT

Enrollment: 91, 4 – 12, 203-229-0465,

winstonprep.edu

An innovative day school with learning differences such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, and executive functioning difficulties.

 

The Woodhall School (All boys)

Bethlehem, CT

Enrollment: 42, 9 – 12, 203-266-7788,
woodhallschool.org

The school’s individualized approach to teaching is intended for the unconventional learner, and utilizes multi-modal strategies to support learning.

 

Wooster School (Religiously affiliated)

Danbury, CT

Enrollment: 378, PreK – 12, 203-830-3900,

woosterschool.org

Fosters a culture rich in thinking, learning, and self-help. Its students develop the skills, dispositions, and knowledge necessary to confidently and resiliently engage the world as people of conscience, compassion, and action.


College Life With Not Far to Travel

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Great Barrington, MA

Enrollment: 357, 413-644-4400 simons-rock.edu

The only four-year, liberal-arts college created for students ready for college after the 10th or 11th grade. Its curriculum offers over 40 majors and a variety of special programs.

 

Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield, MA

Enrollment: 1,222 or roughly 2,000, 413-499-4660, berkshirecc.edu

The first community college in Massachusetts in 1960. Students experience integrity, engagement, innovation, and sustainability.

 

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Enrollment: 5,200,
203-254-4000, fairfield.edu

A Jesuit University whose primary goals are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students.

 

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

Enrollment: 2,249,

413-662-5000, mcla.edu

MCLA follows four specific goals: excellence in learning, supportive and inclusive community, responsive and intentional stewardship, and public purpose.

 

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Enrollment: 8,543, 203-371-7999, sacredheart.edu

A university where knowledge, passion, and intelligent reflection come alive. As a Catholic university, SHU provides a liberal-arts education as well as teaching social justice.

 

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, CT

Enrollment: 2,467,
860-232-4571, usj.edu

Established in 1932 as a liberal-arts college for women and now men as of this fall, focused on service to others, and infused the Catholic intellectual tradition while welcoming students of all ages, races, and religions. Today, Saint Joseph is co-ed, but is still committed to its original values.

 

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Enrollment: 2,030, 413-597-4277, williams.edu

This private, residential, and liberal arts college was established in 1793 and went coeducational in 1970. It has 25 departments, 36 majors, and several concentrations.

 

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