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The World Is Waiting – An annual guide to the area’s diverse selection of private schools

Every year we put together a comprehensive list of the private schools in the area to help arm parents with important information for making decisions on their child’s education. The list is extensive and does include all boys, all girls, religiously affiliated and special needs schools. We hope you find it helpful.

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.

Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock
Great Barrington, MA
Enrollment: 49, Boarding, 9-10,
413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu
The nation’s only two-year high school that provides guaranteed admission to early college after tenth grade to one of the most respected academic institutions in the U.S. The academy shares faculty and the 275-acre campus with Bard College at Simon’s Rock,

Berkshire Country Day
Stockbridge, MA
Enrollment: 120, Pre-K – 9,
413-637-0755,
berkshirecountryday.org
The school prepares children to respond to the world around them with self-understanding and social responsibility while thriving in an intentionally small and safe community where everyone is known and valued. The school values the wonder of childhood and the confidence of finding one’s direction. The 24-acre wooded campus is environmentally enriching and offers artistic inspiration.

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
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, and Spain.

● 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 (Religiously affiliated) & (All girls)
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.

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.

Ethan Allen Prep
Ridgefield, CT
Grades 9 – 12, 203-790-4653
thegolfperformancecenter.com
The Golf Performance Center is a leading facility for golf training and performance on Route 7 in Ridgefield, CT. GPC has launched a fully accredited high school called Ethan Allen Preparatory School, with instructors, targeted curriculum, and a well-equipped classroom, geared toward educating those in grades 9-12 while they train at the Golf Performance Center. Dorms are available as well.

● 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 (Religiously affiliated) & (All boys)
Fairfield, CT
Enrollment: 800, 9 – 12, all boys,
203-254-4200, 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.

● Fairfield Country Day School (All boys)
Fairfield, CT
Enrollment: 200+, 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.

● 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.

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. With an average class size of ten students, teachers become familiar with individual learning styles.

Hawthorne Valle Waldorf School
Ghent, NY
Enrollment: 240, Nursery-12
518-672-7092, hawthornevalleyschool.org
Nurtures the artistic, academic, physical, and moral development through an age-appropriate curriculum. The school is located on a 500-acre campus surrounded by the cultivated fields, gardens, and forests of Hawthorne Valley Farm, an active biodynamic farm.

● 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 successful future. With its 7:1 student to teacher ratio, students are provided the attention they need.

● 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 School
Stamford, CT
Enrollment: 695, Pre-K – 12,
203-322-3496, kingschoolct.org
King School open minds and sparks courageous thinking. Its students forge paths to excellence. Because when a school sets better standards for both the experience and outcomes of education, students cultivate the insights and heart to own their future.

● Lauralton Hall (Religiously affiliated) & (All girls)
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.

The Montessori School
Wilton, CT
Enrollment 128, Pre-K-6
themontessorischool.com
A non-profit, AMI and CAIS accredited Montessori School supporting and guiding the growth and development of children 14 months through 6th grade.  The Montessori Schools fosters respect, independence and social responsibility in the global community.  The curriculum offers an experiential, individualized and academically rigorous approach within a creative, diverse and nurturing culture.

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 Roman Catholic values and teachings and seeks to build confident students who are 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 Preschool for three main reasons: a supportive community and 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 farm-to- table food service 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 (Religiously affiliated) & (All girls)
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 (Religiously affiliated) & (All boys)
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 (All boys)
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. 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
St. Aloysius provides learning for life, offering a traditional curriculum in each of the core subjects as well as religion. Its disciplined approach to instruction has resulted in St. Aloysius students consistently achieving above-grade-level scores on standardized tests. Its eighth-grade graduates attend outstanding private schools.

● 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: 820, 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 into the daily lives of students, 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 and school located in heart of Bedford Village.

● 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, in the heart of the downtown. Creating a tradition of excellence in early childhood education for 50 years.

● St. Thomas Aquinas (Religiously affiliated)
Fairfield, CT
Enrollement: 320; PreK – 8,
203-255-1097, stasonline.net
Founded in 1921, this Catholic elementary school is a blue ribbon institution of excellence.

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 motto: “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.

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.

 

 

 

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