Educational Resources & Open Houses 2018

New Jersey parents are fortunate to have a wealth of options for their children’s education, tutoring and enrichment classes. Here is a sampling of local private and independent schools, tutoring centers and enrichment classes with open house dates. These open houses provide insider information and help to answer questions for parents. Please contact each school or center directly for any questions.


Academy of Saint Elizabeth

2 Convent Rd, Convent Station


Contact: Director of Admissions, Jean Jackson


Age Groups: High School (girls)

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.


The Academy of Our Lady of Peace

99 South Street, New Providence


Contact: Mr. Joel A. Castillo, EDS - Principal


Age Groups: Pre-K–Grade 8 (3 years old and up)

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace strives to establish an academically strong and spiritually sound foundation. They prepare students to face the challenges of the 21st century by building on their faith, working as a team and using positive discipline so that each person they encounter will truly be successful in their school and throughout their everyday lives.

Admit U Consulting

3 Royal Ave. Suite 2, Livingston


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Director/Contact: Melanie Talesnick

Age Groups: Ages 10-18 (middle/high school students)

Admit U provides individualized comprehensive services designed to help families navigate the college admissions process. More specifically, they help students find the “best-fit” school, while minimizing the anxiety associated with the process and maximizing the student’s potential for admission. In addition, Admit U offers academic tutoring and standardized test preparation.


Aquinas Academy

388 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston


Contact: Mr. John Cohrs, Principal


Age Groups: PreK-3 to Grade 8

Open House Dates: March 15 and May 17 (6-7:30pm); 
informal Take-a-Tour Tuesdays (9-10am); 
Student-for-a-Day options available

As a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Aquinas Academy provides each student with an exceptional education in a family atmosphere. Dedicated to academic excellence and Christ-centered values, faculty members focus on the whole child, instructing the mind and nurturing the faith of each student to generate a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, spiritual growth and a sense of service to society.


B’nai Shalom Religious School

300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

973-731-0160 ext. 208

Director: Rena Casser

Age Groups: Preschool–Grade 7

Their goal is to offer every child many opportunities to learn in a traditional Conservative synagogue setting. They offer programs from preschool through 7th grade, and opportunities for Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students to return and work in the school. Their program is inclusive with support staff for special needs, individualized instruction for advanced students, and multiple opportunities for families to learn together.


Chatham Day School

700 Shunpike Road, Chatham

973-410-0400 ext. 15

Contact: Kellen Kent, Director of Admission & Financial Aid


Age Groups: 2½ years–Grade 8

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–Pre-K

The Children’s Corner is an eclectic preschool whose mission is to nurture 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.


College Benefits Research Group

7 Becker Farm Road, Roseland


Contact: Steven Sirot/Joan Souders

Age Groups: Grades 8–12

With decades of experience in college planning this firm is different from others in that they offer “harmonization” of financial, educational, and social guidance for the entire family. They meet jointly with students and parents to develop a college game plan that works for everyone and demonstrates how a private and/or public education is affordable, attainable, and allows hardworking families to hit a “home run” in finding the right school for their child, academically, socially, and financially.


The Craig School

15 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes


Contact: Mr. Tad Jacks


Age Groups: Grades 2–8

The mission of The Craig School is to provide to 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. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities, and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community.

The Craig High School

310 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton


Contact: Dr. Eric Caparulo


Age Groups: Grades 9–12

The mission of The Craig School is to provide to 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. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities, and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community.


Delbarton School

230 Mendham Road, Morristown

973-538-3231 x3019

Contact: Admissions Director, Dr. David Donovan


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.

DePaul Catholic High School

1512 Alps Road, Wayne  |  973-694-3702

Contact: Joseph M. Tweed, President


Age Groups: Grades 8–12

Located in Wayne, NJ, DePaul Catholic is the oldest co-ed college preparatory school in Northern New Jersey. Forming young men and women of scholarship, faith and community for over 60 years; DePaul Catholic is rich in tradition, focused on the faith formation of each child, and committed to academic excellence. A 21st century curriculum, dedicated faculty, diverse student population and distinctive academic programs fosters a safe, rigorous, supportive and faith-filled learning environment.

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning

125 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston  |  973-994-4665

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. Contact for more information or a free consultation.


Far Brook School

52 Great Hills Road, Short Hills


Contact: Emi Ithen, Director of Admissions


Age Groups: Ages 3–14 (Pre-K–Grade 8)

Discover an inspired education at Far Brook School, an independent, coeducational day school for 235 students from Nursery through Eighth Grade. Their progressive approach builds a strong educational foundation by integrating the liberal arts and sciences with the skills needed for success in high school and life. Classrooms open to the outdoors, inviting exploration with nature. Student-faculty ratio is 6-1. Visit their campus and discover Far Brook.

Far Hills Country Day School

697 US-202, Far Hills


Contact: Kevin Donnelly, Director of Admission & Enrollment Management


Age Groups: Pre-K–Grade 8

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


Fusion Academy

182 South Street, Suite 4, Morristown


Contact: Deborah Russ


Age Groups: Ages 12 to 18

Fusion Academy is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom, they customize curriculum and teaching to students’ individual strengths, interests, and learning styles. Personalized scheduling allows students to enroll and take classes at times that work for them.

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.


Golda Och Academy

Wilf Lower School Campus

122 Gregory Avenue, West Orange


Contact: Mara Suskauer, Admissions Director

Age Groups: Pre-K–5


Eric F. Ross Upper School Campus

1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange


Contact: Gail Shapiro, Admission Director

Age Groups: Grades 6–12

Golda Och Academy is the preeminent preparatory school in New Jersey for Jewish education. An accredited private independent school, educating students in state-of-the-art facilities that serve to unlock students’ potential by cultivating critical thinking skills and nurturing intellectual curiosity. Guided by an exceptional faculty and a meaningful partnership between school and home, students develop a love of learning, a personal relationship with the State of Israel and its people and a commitment to the betterment of the world.

Holy Family School

17 Lloyd Avenue, Florham Park


Contact: Mary Denis Smith


Age Groups: Tiny Tots (age 2½)–Kindergarten

Holy Family Catholic School is a community of learners who, enlightened and inspired by Christ’s love, assist each individual to realize his or her unique potential.


HudsonWay Immersion School

587 Springfield Avenue, Summit (Moving June 2018 to 249 Bebout Avenue, Stirling)


Contact: Admissions Manager Tracie Xiong


Age Groups: Ages 2.5–12

Open House: Feb. 13 at 10am and March 7 at 6:30pm.

HudsonWay Immersion School develops flexible thinkers who are culturally aware and linguistically capable. Preschool students acquire either Mandarin or Spanish naturally while learning how to work independently, cooperate with others and follow instructions. Elementary students learn subjects in both languages deepening critical thinking skills and biliteracy.  


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 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

973-744-1156 ext. 12

Contact: Joan Hearst


Age Groups: Pre-K­–8 (co-ed); Grades 9–12 (girls)

Open House: Lower/Middle School—March 14, 8:30-9:30am

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. They are a recipient of the Best of Essex Gold Medal in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, NJ.


The Language Institute

175 Fairfield Avenue, Suite 2C, West Caldwell


Contact: Phyllis Ignozza


Age Groups: Ages 6 and up; middle/high school, college level students and adults

A full service language school for adults and children. Their state certified teachers will help your middle, high school or college aged child succeed with expert remedial or enrichment tutoring. For travel, work or personal interest, adult language learners will find a program to meet their needs, busy schedules and budget and reach their language learning goals.


Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child

44 Blackburn Road, Summit


Contact: Suzanne Kimm Lewis


Age Groups: Grades K–6 (boys and girls); Grades 7–12 (all girls)

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.

Morristown-Beard School

70 Whippany Road, Morristown


Contact: Rob Mitchell, Director of Enrollment Management; 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 Dominic Academy

3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell


Contact: Mrs. Pauline Condon, Director of Admission (ext. 1114)


Age Groups: Grades 9-12

Transform your passion into action 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: Ages 7–18, Beginner to Advanced Levels

MTC’S Broadway Boot Camp offers exciting classes in Singing, Dancing, TV/Acting, Comedy, Stage Combat, Stage Makeup, 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 TV and Broadway actors. The Final Shows are performed in NJ and NYC–right off Broadway! The camp runs from July 2nd–July 21st. Pool parties too! Partial scholarships are available. Enroll by March 1st and save $100!


Newark Academy

91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston


Contact: Will Taylor, Director of Admission & Enrollment Management


Age Groups: Grades 6–12

Founded in 1774, Newark Academy has a rich history as an independent, coeducational school for grades 6–12, located on a beautiful 68-acre campus in northern New Jersey. The mission of Newark Academy is to “contribute to the world engaged individuals instilled with a passion for learning, a standard of excellence, and a generosity of spirit.”


Saint Cassian School

190 Lorraine Ave, Montclair  

Contact: Maria Llanes, Principal


Age Groups: Pre-K–Grade 8

Their 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 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 wll endure for a lifetime.


Trinity Academy 

235 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell

973-226-3386 x10

Contact: Ms. Linda Payonzeck, Principal


Age Groups: Pre-K3 & Pre-K4, Kindergarten Transitions, Full Day Kindergarten, Grades 1–8

Open House: Sunday, March 4 12-2:30pm; to register visit Private Tours are available ANY time, simply call to make an appointment. Registration day is March 23. 

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.


Winston Preparatory School

901 Route 10 East, Whippany


Contact: Erica Piche, M.A. CCC-SLP, Assistant Head of School, Admissions Director 


Age Groups: Grades 2–12

Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students in grades 2–12 with specific learning differences, including language processing disorders such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities such as Asperger’s. and executive functioning difficulties such as ADHD. To attend an Open House, 2/13, 3/22, or 4/19 at 9:30am, visit


The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

68 Elm Street, Summit



Age Groups: Kids (grades K–5), Teens (grades 6–12) and Adults

This summer they are bringing back your favorite themes and high-quality projects. Kids will have the opportunity to explore painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics with their best teaching artists during a fun-filled week of art. Middle and high school students get in-depth studio experience, designed to empower by engaging their creativity and enhancing their skills. 


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08 Feb 2018