Private School Directory & Educational Resources 2018-2019


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 with any questions.


Academy of Saint Elizabeth

2 Convent Road, Convent Station


Contact: Jean Jackson, Director of Admissions


Age Groups: 9th–12th grade

Open House Dates: Sept. 30, 1-3pm; October 11, 7-8:30pm; Nov. 8, 7-8:30pm

Located in picturesque Convent Station, the Academy of Saint Elizabeth is the oldest Roman Catholic girls school in New Jersey, offering a powerful combination of innovative college preparatory programs and personalized attention. The mission of the Academy, 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, 

973.410.0400 x. 15

Contact: Kellen Kent, 
Director of Admission


Age Groups: 2.5 years-Grade 8

• Fall Open House: Oct. 25, 9-10:30am

• S.T.E.A.M. Expo & Open House: Jan. 26, 2-4pm

• Spring Open House: Mar. 26, 9-10:30am

• Spring Open House: Apr. 18, 9-10:30am

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 Children’s Academy

37 Church Mall, 
Contact: Debra Smith
Age Groups: Ages 2.5–6.5

Open House Dates: Sept. 15, 1-3pm; Oct. 18, 5-7pm; Nov. 12, 5-7pm; Jan. 12, 11am-1pm; Feb. 15, 5-7pm; Mar. 13, 5-7pm; Apr. 13, 1-3pm; and May 14, 5-7pm


The Craig School

10 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes


Contact: Nicole Moon, Admissions Director


Age Groups: Grades 2-8

Go to for a complete list of open house dates.

The Craig School is an independent school that specializes in working with students with learning disabilities in grades 2 through 12. They offer an academic program aligned with the NJ Student Learning Standards. Their program features proven, research-based learning strategies including multi-sensory approaches, assistive technology, and organizational skills. These tools allow students to build their academic foundations, increase their ability to be active and independent learners, and develop a sense of who they are as individuals and students.


Craig High School

310 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton


Contact: Nicole Moon


Age Groups: Grades 9-12

Go to for a complete list of open house dates.

Gill St. Bernard’s School

St. Bernards Rd, Gladstone


Contact:Sarah Rowland

Age Groups: Preschool to 12

• All School Open House Dates: Oct. 21 & Nov. 18

• Lower School Open House Dates: Oct. 11 & Jan. 17

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

Golda Och Academy Lower School

122 Gregory Avenue, West Orange


Contact: Mara Suskauer, Director of Admissions - Lower School (973-602-3757)


Age Groups: Grades Pre-K through 5

Open Houses: Oct. 30 and Dec. 3

They nurture the unique potential of each student through an exceptional Jewish and general studies education.


Golda Och Academy Upper School

1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange


Contact: Micah Gottlieb, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management (973-602-3645)


Age Groups: Grades 6 through 12

They nurture the unique potential of each student through an exceptional Jewish and general studies education.


The Hudson School

601 Park Avenue, Hoboken


Contact: Harriet Fitzpatrick, Director of Admissions


Age Groups: Grades 5-12

Open House Dates: October 20, 1-4pm & April 4, 1-4pm

Tour Dates: 10/29, 11/12, 3/18, 6-7:30pm; tours on the half hour, last tour at 7pm

The Hudson School is a co-educational day school for intellectually inquisitive students in grades 5-12. They provide a rigorous and relevant college-preparatory education that inspires independent thinking and intellectual risk-taking. Their goal is to develop compassionate, responsible, principled citizens who are socially conscious and committed to lifelong learning and service.


HudsonWay Immersion School

249 Bebout Avenue, Stirling


Contact: Tracie Xiong, Admissions and Programs Director


Age Groups: Ages 2.5 through Grade 5

Open House Dates: October 6 at 10am; October 26 at 9am; November 14 at 6:30pm; December 7 at 9am; January 11 at 9am; February 1 at 9am; March 1 at 9am; March 29 at 9am; April 26 at 9am

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 (coed); K–Grade 12, (all girls)

• All School Open House: Oct. 28, 1-3pm

• Preschool Open House—Bring Your Child!: Nov. 17, 9:30-11am

• K–Grade 12 Open House: Nov. 17, 10am-noon

• Middle & Upper School (Grades 6-12) Info Session: Dec. 5, 9-11am

• Primary School (Preschool-Grade 5) Info Session: Dec. 6, 9:30-11:30am

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

Register for open houses at

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


Contact: Saydi Callahan Keefe


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

• All Grades Open House: Sept. 30, 1-3pm

• Be a Freshman for a Day (7th & 8th Grade ladies): Oct. 18, 8am-12pm

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. They are a recipient of the Best of Essex Gold Medal for Best Private School in 2015, 2016 and 2017.


Morristown-Beard School

70 Whippany Road, Morristown


Contact: Rob Mitchell, Director of Enrollment Management or Meg Ahern, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

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

Open House Dates:

• Middle School: Oct. 28 at 1pm

• Upper School: Oct. 21 at 1pm

Information Sessions

• Middle School: Oct. 16, 9-11am; Nov. 13, 9-11am

• Upper School: Oct. 3, 9–11am; Nov. 7, 9-11am

• All Schools: Jan. 16, 9-11am; Apr. 17, 9–11am

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. Ext 1122

Contact: Cathy Bolger


Age Groups: Girls aged 14–18

Open House Dates: Oct. 3 at 6:30pm; Oct. 28 at noon; Apr. 10 at 6:30pm

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 ’69


Age Groups: K-12 (Lower School - K-6, coed; Upper School - 7-12, all-girls)

Open House Dates:

• Upper School: Oct. 13 & Nov. 3

• Lower School Spotlight on IDEAS Lab: Oct. 17

• Lower School Spotlight on Kindergarten Readiness: Nov. 3

• Upper School Evening Tour: Dec. 12

• Lower School Spotlight on the Arts: Dec. 12

• Lower School Spotlight on Departmental Education: Jan. 16

• Lower School Spotlight on Service: Feb. 1

With everything they do, they prepare students to make an impact on society. Their graduates think globally, lead with conviction and make the world a better place.


Saint Cassian School

190 Lorraine Avenue, Upper Montclair


Contact: Mrs. Maria Llanes, Principal


Age Groups: Pre-K3 through 8th Grade

Open House Dates: Jan. 27, 10am-1pm; or private tour by appointment.

Recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 2016, Saint Cassian School focuses on maximizing each student’s potential through a challenging academic curriculum in a Catholic-Christian environment. The school achieves its academic excellence by emphasizing a technology and arts-infused curriculum that develops each child intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically.


Saint Thomas the Apostle School

50 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield


Contact: Michael Petrillo


Age Groups: PK3-8

Open House: January 27, 10am-1pm

Saint Thomas the Apostle School provides students with a challenging and comprehensive education integrating spiritual values rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. They 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 St. Elizabeth

30 Seney Drive, Bernardsville

908-766-0244 ext. 12

Contact: Sharon Lynch


Age Groups: Pre-K–8th grade

Open House Dates: Oct. 11, 9-11am; Jan. 30, 9-11am

The School of Saint Elizabeth is a faith-filled community that provides students with a strong academic foundation, stimulates intellectual curiosity, encourages creativity and fosters self-respect. They encourage children to grow in knowledge, love and faith in a Catholic tradition of academic excellence, while preparing them to be leaders in the 21st century.


Temple Sholom of West Essex Religious School

760 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove


Contact: Michael Melasky


Age Groups: Pre-School–12th Grade

Open House Dates: Sept. 8, 2pm; and Sept. 23, 10am

At Temple Sholom, they are committed to educating children so they will have pride in honoring their teachings and Torah; feel joy in celebrating holidays; and be responsible as they care for others. Temple Sholom’s Vision of Education embraces the whole child through interactive and multi-sensory learning involving families in their family programming and the larger community through mitzvah-based activities.


Trinity Academy

235 Bloomfield Ave. Caldwell


Contact: Ms. Linda Payonzeck, Principal


Age Groups: PreK3 & PreK4, Full Day Transitional Kindergarten, Full Day Kindergarten, Grades 1-5 (Elementary) and Grades 6-8 (Middle School)

• Fall Open House: Nov. 11,12:30-3pm

• Catholic School Week Open House on Jan. 27, 2:30-3pm

• Winter Open House: Mar. 3, 12:30-3pm

• Spring Petting Zoo Open House: May 19, 12:30-3pm

To register visit Private tours are available ANY time, simply call or visit website to make an appointment. Registration day is March 3. Registration should be completed by April 12 (Pre-K-grade 8).

Trinity Academy is a Middle States Accredited, 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Trinity offers small class sizes, a progressive Pre-K curriculum, full-day Kindergarten program, Transitional Kindergarten Program & Before and After Care. Trinity fosters a love of learning, a desire for academic excellence, and a respect for each other grounded in a shared Catholic faith.


Winston Preparatory School

901 Route 10 East, Whippany


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


Age Groups: Grades 3–12

Open House Dates: Nov. 27, 9:30am; Dec. 11, 9:30am; Jan. 17, 7pm; Feb. 12, 9:30am; Mar. 28, 7pm; Apr. 30, 9:30pm; June 3, 9:30am

Facilitate the independence and meaningful participation of students with specific learning disorders through a Continuous Feedback System that develops skill acquisition and the Qualities of a Sustainable and Independent Learner. WPS also seeks to influence the field of education with research and implementation models that achieve these ends, in this way.


Educational Resources & Learning Centers


Admit U Consulting

3 Royal Avenue, Suite 2, Livingston


Contact: Melanie Talesnick

Email: melanie or

Age Groups: Ages 3-8 (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.


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 our fields, we 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, taking the next step in graduate school. Contact for more information or a free consultation: 973-994-4665.

Montclair Art Museum–Yard School of Art

3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair



The Yard School of Art offers programs for kids, teens, and adults throughout the year. Classes, workshops, and camps are offered in four semesters. Learn a new skill or refresh your existing knowledge in professional studios from experienced teaching artists. Explore your creativity—right in your own backyard.


NJ School of Dramatic Arts

593 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield


Free Sample Classes & Open House:

• Adults: Sept. 8, 10:30am-12:30pm

• Kids: Sept. 15, 10am-12:30pm

Meet the instructors and visit NJ School of Dramatic Arts’ acting studios and theater! Find out for yourself what the excitement is all about!


School of Rock

125 Valley Road, Montclair


Contact: 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 Floor, Montclair


Open House: Sept. 8, noon-5pm

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








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12 Sep 2018