Private & Independent School Directory 2017

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 Our Lady of Peace

99 South St., New Providence

908-464-8657 ext. 131

Contact: Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed. S, Principal


Age Groups: Pre-K–Grade 8

Open House Dates: Nov. 12 & Jan. 28, 10am-12:30pm, private tours also available

A Catholic elementary school, founded in 1954, which serves children in grades pre-kindergarten to 8th. The school’s goal is to develop students who are solidly grounded in moral values, committed, self-disciplined, and academically excellent. Academy students go on to some of the finest private & public secondary schools in New Jersey. Students at The Academy consistently score well above the national average in every category of Terra Nova standardized test scores.

Academy of Saint Elizabeth

2 Convent Rd., Convent Station


Contact: Jean Jackson, Director of Admissions


Age Groups: High School (Girls)

Open House Dates: Oct. 1, 1pm; Oct. 12, 7pm; Nov. 9, 7pm

Admission Testing Dates: Oct. 14, 8am; Nov. 11, 8am

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

Chatham Day School

700 Shunpike Road, Chatham

973-410-0400 x 15

Contact: Kellen Kent, Director of Admission


Age Groups: 21/2 years–Grade 8

Fall Fest & Open House: Oct. 22, 2-4pm

S.T.E.A.M. Workshops & Open House: Jan. 20, 2-4pm

Spring Admissions Open House: Apr. 19, 9:30-11am

Chatham Day School is a coeducational preschool through grade eight independent school set on 15 acres in Chatham Township. They celebrate and value each child as a unique learner with extraordinary potential. They offer an academically ambitious program that promotes intellectual achievement and emotional growth in a diverse and nurturing environment.

The Craig School

15 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes


Contact: Nicole Moon


Age Groups: Grades 2–8

Middle School Open House Datess: Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 17, Jul. 17

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 their families an internal support network within the Craig community.

The Craig High School

15 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes


Contact: Nicole Moon


Age Groups: Grades 9–12

High School Open House Dates: Oct. 25, Nov. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 7, Apr. 16, Jul. 18

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 their families an internal support network within the Craig community.

DePaul Catholic High School

1512 Alps Road, Wayne, NJ 07470



Age Groups: Educating young men and women in grades 8-12

Open House Dates: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – 7pm and Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 12pm

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. Join the Spartan family today and discover why over 11,000 graduates have called DePaul Catholic Home.


Far Brook School

52 Great Hills Road, Short Hills


Contact: Emi Ithen, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


Age Groups: Nursery–Grade 8

Open House Dates: Oct. 25, Nov. 17, Nov. 28, Jan. 5, Jan. 18, Jan. 30

Discover the power of an inspired education at Far Brook School, an independent, coeducational day school for 230 students from Pre-K through Grade Eight. Liberal arts and sciences are integrated with creative arts in their progressive approach to education. Far Brook’s theme-based curriculum sparks and nurtures curiosity and equips students with the skills and habits of mind needed for success in their lifelong learning journeys. Their new state of the art Music & Arts Building and Kronthal Science & Environmental Center provide exceptional learning spaces and direct access to the Schoolyard Wetlands Habitat. Student-faculty ratio is 6 to 1. Visit 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 

All School Open House: Oct. 13, 9am

Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House: Dec. 1, 9am

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

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School

326 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell


Contact: Kathleen Carslon


Age Groups: 21/2 to 6 years old

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

Gill St. Bernard’s School

St. Bernard’s Road, Gladstone

908-234-1611 x245

Contact: Sarah Rowland


Age Groups: Pre-school – Grade 12

Lower School Open House: Oct. 12 & Jan. 18, 9am

All School Open House: Oct. 22 & Nov. 19, 1pm

All School Tour: Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 9, Feb. 6 & Mar. 6, 9am

To provide a balanced, diverse and secure community that prepares students academically, socially and ethically for college and a meaningful life.

HudsonWay Immersion School

587 Springfield Ave, Summit


Contact: Tracie Xiong


Age Groups: Ages 21/2–12

Open House Dates: Oct. 25, 9:30am; Nov. 15, 9:30am; Dec. 13, 6:30pm; Jan. 17, 9:30am; Feb. 10, 10am

At HudsonWay Immersion School, their mission is to help build the knowledge, skills, and character of their students so they can one day become meaningful, global contributors and citizens of the world. Their immersion approach enables students to learn content in two languages, empowering them to become bilingual, bi-cognitive and bi-cultural.

Golda Och Academy

Wilf Lower School Campus
122 Gregory Avenue, West Orange

Eric F. Ross Upper School Campus
1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

Contact: Gail Shapiro, Director of Admissions and Community Outreach, 973-602-3626,


Age Groups: Pre-K through Grade 12 

9th Grade Open House: Oct. 22, 9:30-12:30pm at Eric F. Ross Upper School Campus

Pre-K/Kindergarten/First Grade Open House: Nov. 1, 9:30-11am at Wilf Lower School Campus

Pre-K/Kindergarten/First Grade Open House: Dec. 5, 9:30-11am at Wilf Lower School Campus

Golda Och Academy unlocks the potential of their students by cultivating their critical thinking skills and nurturing their intellectual curiosity through the study of the humanities, sciences, Judaics, and creative arts. In preparing future generations of Jewish leaders, their rigorous Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in Jewish literacy through the exploration of texts, traditions, values, and the Hebrew language. Guided by an exceptional faculty and a meaningful partnership between school and home, their 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 through tikkun olam. 

Kent Place School

42 Norwood Ave, Summit


Contact: Julia Wall, Director of Admission & Financial Aid


Age Groups: Preschool—coed; Kindergarten through Grade 12—all girls

Preschool Open House: Bring your child–Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:30-11am

K–Grade 12 Open House: Oct. 22, 1-3pm 

All School (Preschool–Grade 12) Open House: Nov. 18, 10-noon 

Middle & Upper School (Grades 6-12) Info Session: Dec. 6, 9-11am 

Primary School (Preschool–Grade 5) Info Session: Dec. 7, 9:30-11:30am

Curriculum Panel (Preschool–Grade 12): Jan. 8, 6:30-8pm

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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.

Kiddie Academy of West Caldwell

810 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell


Contact: Stacy LaFontant/Jill Buckley-Jones


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

You are invited to Storytime LIVE!, a Kiddie Academy® event on Sept. 30 at 10am, where Curious George jumps off the page and visits the classroom! This event is FREE and open to everyone—so bring a friend.

Kiddie Academy believes your child›s days should be filled with learning and fun. Those are the key elements of their Life Essentials® educational philosophy. Their programs deliver a developmentally appropriate experience for your child including hands-on activities, parent involvement, school preparation and character education. To keep their facility safe they use a secure entry system and make sure the staff is well trained. Plus, their webcams allow parents to watch their children for instant peace of mind.

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) 

All Academy Open House: Oct. 1, 1pm

Upper School Information Session: Oct. 12, 7-8pm

Be a Freshman for a Day: Oct. 18, 8am-noon

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. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell NJ.

Montclair Cooperative School

65 Chestnut Street, Montclair


Contact: Ana Younghusband, Director of Admissions


Age Groups: Preschool–Grade 8

Open House Dates: Oct. 5, Nov. 2,
Dec. 7 (all at 9:30-11am)

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

Morris Catholic High School 

200 Morris Ave. Denville


Contact: Director of Admissions: Amy Bauer


Age Groups: Grades 9-12 

Open House Dates: Oct. 15, 2-4pm; Oct. 25, 7-9pm

Morris Catholic exists to strengthen young men and women intellectually and spiritually so they can develop character, respect for community and lifelong commitment through the love of Christ.

Morristown-Beard School

70 Whippany Road, Morristown


Contact: Rob Mitchell, Director of Upper School Admission; Meg Ahern, Director of Middle School Admission and Financial Aid


Age Groups: Middle School Grades 6-8; Upper School Grades 9-12

Middle School Open House: Oct. 22, 1pm

Upper School Open House: Nov. 12, 1pm

Middle School Information Session: Oct. 3 & Nov. 7, 9am

Upper School Information Session: Oct. 18 & Nov. 1, 9am

Within a culture of support and collaboration, Morristown-Beard School students discover and develop their individual pathways to academic success and personal fulfillment while becoming enlightened, morally responsible citizens of the world.

Mount Saint Dominic Academy

3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell


Contact: Pauline Condon


Age Groups: Grades 9–12

Open House Dates: Oct. 1, noon; Oct. 25, 6:30pm; Apr. 25, 6:30pm

Celebrating 125 years! Mount Saint Dominic Academy is a college preparatory school for young women. The Mount remains rooted in the Dominican traditions of their history and dedicated to the modern realization of their mission: to help their students discover their gifts and talents, with the expectation that they will use them to make the world a better place.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child

44 Blackburn Road, Summit


Contact: Suzanne Kimm Lewis


Age Groups: Kindergarten-Grade 12

 Lower School Open House: Nov. 4, noon; Dec. 13, 9:30am; Jan. 31, 9:30am; Feb. 28, 9:30am; Mar. 14, 9:30am; May 15, 9:30am

Upper School Open House: Sept. 30, 9:30am; Nov. 4, 9:30am; Oct. 19, 9:30am 

Upper School Evening Tours: Dec. 6, 4:30pm

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. 

Saint Cassian School

190 Lorraine Avenue, Montclair


Director: Principal Maria Llanes


Age Groups: Pre-K 3 through Grade 8

Open House Dates: Jan. 28, 10-1pm or by appointment

As reflected by its 2016 National Blue Ribbon Recognition, Saint Cassian School is committed to academic excellence emphasizing a technology and arts-infused curriculum that develops each child – spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. The school effectively prepares students to meet 21st century challenges by helping them become creative problem-solvers and independent thinkers, with the solid moral compass of Catholic leaders.

St. Rose of Lima Academy

52 Short Hills Ave. Short Hills


Contact: Tina Underwood


Age Groups: Pre-K, Grades 3–8

Open House Dates: Oct. 19, 6:30-7:30pm; Oct. 20, 9:15-10:45am; Jan. 28, noon-1:30am

A faith based community of learners changing the world through a clear vision of their Catholic approach to education.

Trinity Academy

235 Bloomfield Ave. Caldwell

973-226-3386 x10

Director: Mrs. Linda Payonzeck


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

Fall Open House–Nov. 12, noon-2:30pm 

Winter Open House–Jan. 28, noon-2:30pm; and Mar. 4, noon-2:30pm

Spring Open House*–Apr. 15, 12-2:30pm
NOTE: Spring Open House will include a Petting Zoo!

Visit: to register. Private Tours are available ANY time, simply call to make an appointment.

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

Winston Preparatory School

901 Route 10 East, Whippany


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


Age Groups: Grades 4–12

Open House Dates: Sept. 25; Oct. 24; Nov. 28; Dec. 13; Jan. 18; Feb. 13; Mar. 22 (all at 9:30am)

Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for 4th through 12th grade students with specific learning differences. Their student body is comprised of students with language processing disorders such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities such as Aspergers, and executive functioning difficulties such as ADHD. Their unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy. Key to the development of each student is the focus on assessment-based remediation, the daily one-to-one Focus Program, a skill-based curriculum, small homogenous class groupings, an expert faculty, an emphasis on social-emotional development, and a supportive community.

They invite you to learn more about their school and sign up for an upcoming Open House by visiting


Tutoring & Enrichmentment Resources

Admit U Consulting

3 Royal Ave, Suite 2, Livingston


Contact: Melanie Talesnick

Email: or 

Age Groups: Ages 13–18 (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.

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 hard working families to hit a “home run” in finding the right school for their child, academically, socially and financially.

Essex Youth Theater

The Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair


Director: Janet Sales


Age Group: 6–12 years

Essex Youth Theater is Montclair’s premier acting school for kids for over 25 years. This unique theater program lets every child shine. Custom-written scripts provide every child with an equal role. Class size is small, with lots of individual attention in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Every class culminates in a full-scale musical production.

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning

125 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston


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, or getting into the college of their choice, or taking the next step in graduate school. Call for more information or a free consultation.

Goldfish Swim School Livingston

277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston


Contact: Larisa and Jeffrey Posner, Owners


Age Groups: 4 months through 12 years old

Open House Dates: Visit their website and Facebook Page for information on FREE Family Swim Events in Oct./Nov. 2017

Goldfish provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years old in a state-of-the-art swimming facility designed to enhance learning, fun and safety with highly trained instructors, small class sizes and a shiver-free 90-degree pool. Goldfish also offers weekly family swims and party packages. Families can register for lessons now. Opening October 2017.

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

68 Elm Street, Summit


Contact: Melanie Cohn, Executive Director


Age Groups: All Ages

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey nurtures the capacity for personal expression, expands the creative experience and fosters stronger communities by empowering people to see, make, and learn about art. Through exhibition, studio school and community programs, the Art Center engenders connection, curiosity and creative risk-taking among its constituents. 

The Language Institute

175 Fairfield Avenue, 2C,
West Caldwell


Contact: Phyllis Ignozza


Age Groups: Children 5 and up, teens, college students, adults

Quality language instruction for all ages and levels. Personalized instruction, effective methodology, highly qualified and experienced native-speaker teachers. For parents who wish to introduce children to a new language at the optimal age, students seeking enrichment or remedial tutoring or the adult with personal, business or travel goals.

Metropolitan Speech and Language Center

66 West Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston


Contact: Lilly Dollinger


Age Groups: Babies to High School and Adults

Metropolitan Speech provides speech, language and feeding therapies. They are proud to serve the needs of their surrounding communities for over 25 years. They also run therapy groups for social skills, offer free screenings, and have weekly free baby classes to help parents learn about developmental language and play skills.

Positive Steps Pediatric Occupational Therapy Center, LLC (SE)

66 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Suite 204, Livingston


Contact: Dana Blumberg


Age Groups: 12 Months–15 Years Old

Open House Dates: Appointments Only

Positive Steps thrive on providing 110% quality care and occupational therapy to infants, toddlers and children. Their main goal is to support you and your child in the home, school, playground, birthday parties and any other environment where your child may experience difficulties. They make sure that everyone is working together for the betterment of your child.

School of Rock Montclair

125 Valley Road, Montclair


Director: Kevin March


At School of Rock learning music helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not just taught an instrument—they build confidence learning to deal with life situations. Kids are playing on stage as quickly as possible and learning to play as soloists and part of a team. This helps them learn their skills faster and more thoroughly. Montclair School of Rock’s creative community helps children succeed in music and beyond

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts

14 Park Street, 2nd Fl, Montclair


Open House Date: Sept. 9, noon-5pm. Free classes. 

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) mission is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts for children and teens.


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15 Sep 2017