Focus on Education Resources

New Jersey parents are fortunate to have a wealth of options for their children’s education, tutoring and enrichment classes. Open houses provide insider information and help to answer questions for parents. Please contact each school or center directly for any questions.


Delbarton School

230 Mendham Rd, Morristown


Age Groups: 7-12 grade (all boys)

Delbarton is an independent Roman Catholic day school for young men guided by Benedictine monks. The School offers enriched programs in grades 7 & 8 and AP courses in all departments on its 200-acre campus. Delbarton welcomes diverse young men and challenges them to pursue excellence, to build character, and to develop leadership through service, by education the whole person: mind, body and spirit.


Essex Youth Theater

In Residence at Studio Playhouse

14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair


Contact: Janet Sales, Artistic Director

Ages: 6-13

Essex Youth Theater’s specialized program uses custom-written scripts that guarantee equal roles for every student. Class size is small, with lots of individual attention. Their atmosphere of fun learning, where self-esteem and self-confidence are their primary emphasis. They provide a nurturing, caring environment where every child blossoms.


The Goddard School

76 Little Falls Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004


Age Groups: 6 weeks through Pre-K

At The Goddard School®, we believe that some of the most profound lessons can happen during everyday moments. Our teachers work with your child’s natural inclination for exploration and investigation to create fun, flexible learning experiences that foster well-rounded development in a safe and caring environment. Learning happens best in a warm and nurturing environment in the care of highly skilled educators. At The Goddard School, our philosophy is that learning shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Our F.L.EX.® framework (Fun Learning Experience) gives teachers the freedom of flexibility in their lesson plans and teaching style. This allows them the opportunity to take advantage of organic teachable moments that occur in the classroom, and tailor educational experiences to fit individualized interests for a one-of-a-kind approach your little one is sure to love. At The Goddard School®, we work tirelessly to ensure your child thrives in a healthy, safe, and warm environment. Within this secure and nurturing environment, your child is free to learn and discover his or her unique gifts.


HudsonWay Immersion School

249 Bebout Avenue, Stirling


Founded in 2005, HudsonWay Immersion School is a pioneering language immersion program offering Mandarin and Spanish immersion education. Our rigorous adherence to full immersion as well as our commitment to teaching and nurturing the whole child uniquely position HudsonWay (HWIS) to help children develop the skills to become self- directed learners capable of navigating the world. Their mission is to help build the knowledge, skills, and character of their students, so they can become meaningful global contributors and citizens of the world.


Banyan School

Elementary School—12 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield

Age Group:

Kindergarten-Grade 8

High School—471 Main St, Little Falls

973-785-1919 |

Age Group: Grades 9–12

LIFE Academy: 18-to-21

(Learning Independence. Fostering Empowerment.) To schedule a visit, contact the school office.

Banyan School is private, non-profit, state- approved school for students with significant, language-based learning disabilities. Our dedicated faculty is trained in a variety of research-based, multi-sensory teaching techniques and strategies, including the Wilson Reading System®. With small classes, individualized attention and integrated assistive technology, we are committed to establishing the foundation students need for learning while fostering social and interpersonal skills.


The Craig School

Lower/Middle School

15 Tower Hill Road,

Mountain Lakes

High School

24 Changebridge

Road, Montville

973-334-1234 |

To view a virtual tour, visit their website.11 The mission of The Craig School is it provide 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.


Kiddie Academy

810 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell


Age Groups: Infant-Pre-K, Kindergarten and School Age

Please contact the school to schedule a visit.

They provide care that focuses on days filled with learning and fun the key ingredients of their Life Essentials® educational philosophy. The smiles you’ll see on children’s faces will delight you. You want your child to thrive in an environment that’s as clean, safe, and nurturing as your home. Kiddie Academy is more than daycare, they set the standards for safety, education, and trust.


Lacordaire Academy

155 Lorraine Avenue, Upper Montclair

973-744-1156 |

Age Groups: Pre-K4-Grade 8 (coed); Grades 9-12

(all women high school)

Open House: Lower/Middle School—October 16; 10am-12pm

Upper School— October 16; 1-3pm,

October 22; 6:30-7:30pm

Lacordaire Academy is a top independent, college preparatory school rooted in the Dominican tradition serving a diverse student body. Co-ed Prek-8 and all girls in grades 9-12. A challenging curriculum combines academics, athletics, appreciation of the arts, and community service that empower students to develop their unique gifts and talents.


Montclair Cooperative School

65 Chestnut Street

Montclair, NJ 07042

973-783-4955 /

To schedule a personal tour visit

The 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 social skills with a deep sense of community and responsibility.


Morristown Beard School

70 Whippany Rd, Morristown |

Age Group: Grades 6-12

Visit to schedule a tour or register for an Information Session.

Contact the Admission Office at [email protected] or 973-539-3032 x516 for more information regarding admission events.

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 St. Dominic Academy

3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell

973-226-0660 /

Age Groups: 14-18 years old (girls only)

Open House: October 5, 6:30pm and October 23, 12pm

Truth and love. Inquiry and commitment. Knowledge and action. These words are at the heart of Mount St. Dominic Academy, dedicated to educating and empowering young women in the Dominican Tradition.


New Jersey School of Ballet

7-9 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park


Age Group: Ages 4 through Adult

For more than 65 years, New Jersey School of Ballet has provided top quality instruction for thousands of students ages 4 through adult, from beginners through professionals. The School’s program is designed for those who aspire to a career in dance as well as for those who want to enjoy an excellent form of exercise


NJ Rock Gym

373 US-46 Building D, Fairfield

(973) 439-9860 /

Offering a climbing program where students enroll for one or more classes per week by registering for a specific day(s) and time(s). No more than four students per instructor will be enrolled for each day/time slot. This program focuses on proper equipment use, climbing techniques, and safety while building strength, balance, flexibility, concentration, and problem-solving skills. Climbers will gain experience top rope climbing, bouldering, rappelling, and knot tying.


Rider University

2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville | 800-257-9026

Age Group: Undergraduate, Continuing Education, Graduate

At Rider, you’ll have the support to follow your drive and the freedom to explore your options. There are so many possibilities ahead. All you have to do is take the first step with them.


Saint Thomas the Apostle School

50 Byrd Ave, Bloomfield | 973-338-8505 |

Age Groups: 3-14 years old

Open House/Tours available all year... please contact the school to schedule a visit.

Saint Thomas the Apostle School provides students with a challenging and comprehensive education integrating spiritual values rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. We cultivate and herald the growth of our students in mind, body, and spirit, preparing them to take their place in the Church and in the world, in roles of leadership and service.


School of Rock Montclair

125 Valley Road Montclair | 973-337-5296

Age Groups: Ages 5 & up

Call for a free trial experience

School of Rock is a community dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education.


Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA)

14 South Park Street, Montclair

973-498-8943 (text) | 973-655-9819 (call)

Age Groups: Age 2-adult

SMAPA is a Black-owned, not-for-profit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts for children, teens, and adults.


Temple Sholom

760 Pompton Ave,

Cedar Grove


Age Groups: ES K-5 grade;

MS 6-8 grade; HS 9-12 grade

Temple Sholom of West Essex is a vital inclusive Reform congregation that embraces individuals and families in a warm, nurturing environment. All members enjoy tuition tree Religious School.


Villa Walsh Academy

455 Western Avenue, Morristown

973-538-3680 |

Age Groups: Grades 7-12 (young women)

Open House: Sunday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 5

Set on a picturesque campus in Morristown, Villa Walsh Academy sits on 120 acres of rolling hills. The magnificent 19th century Gillespie Estate is home to the Religious Teachers Fillipini as well as administrative offices. Academic buildings, a state-of- the-art athletic center, St. Lucy Chapel, expansive classrooms, auditoriums, and fully equipped science labs round out the top- notch facilities Villa Walsh Academy offers its students. Villa Walsh Academy’s community seeks to inspire our young women to expand their intellectual breadth and depth, to enhance their sense of local and global concern, and to empower them to influence their world in a Christian manner.


Winston Preparatory School

901 Route 10 East, Whippany

973-500-6480 |

Age Groups: Grades 2-12

Open House: Tuesday, October 18

Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students 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. Through ongoing presentation of methodologies, students develop a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, using the continuous feedback model, they can build academic skills, enhance self- confidence and independence, as well as improve self-advocacy skills.


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