Choosing the right school for our children is a big decision. As you consider the learning environment, teaching style and school philosophies that best suit your child and your family, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Rowayton and Stamford Moms have put together the 2023 Private School Guide.
This guide contains a list of schools in the Connecticut and New York areas, including information about what each school offers and when to attend an Open House so that you can ask questions and take an in person or virtual look.
Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy
Imagine a school where the students are happy, where passionate teachers make learning exciting each day and where creativity thrives. At Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy, students are inspired to think, to analyze and to question.
In an atmosphere that celebrates learning, friendship, the joy of Jewish life and an abiding connection to Israel, our children and young adults soar.
Over the past 70 years, we have taken pride in producing kind and responsible leaders for the future who are successful in the classroom, confident in who they are, proud of their heritage and deeply engaged in improving the world.
With buses from Westport, Fairfield and Stamford, we invite you to explore what our award-winning school has to offer.
Brunswick is a college-preparatory day school for boys of genuine potential and differing backgrounds in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.
We believe deeply in the tremendous potential of boys, and we have deliberately and successfully sculpted an educational experience that emphasizes rigorous traditional learning, self-discipline, and character development. Our philosophy is fulfilled as we build young men of character through the educational experience that is uniquely Brunswick.
The school’s curriculum is both powerfully traditional and highly innovative. Time-honored teaching and learning is paired with comprehensive athletics as well as arts, drama, and music. In all we do, we uphold our founder’s commitment: “Ably and generously preparing boys for life.”
Catholic Academy of Stamford
The Catholic Academy of Stamford, a Pre-K through grade 8 school, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Catholic Academy of Stamford provides academic excellence, personalized learning and faith based education in a nurturing environment to Stamford and our surrounding community.
PreK-3 through grade 5 caters to students at the beginning of their educational journey. Personalized learning is integrated early on as we work with students and their parents to develop individualized curriculum based on their unique talents and interests. Small class sizes facilitate master-level teaching, allowing for a better, technology-based education coupled with one-on-one attention.
Grades 6 – 8 offer high-school preparatory curriculum, which includes high school-level math while still in middle school.
The Children’s School
Great Beginnings Last a Lifetime
The Children’s School, a beacon of educational excellence for nearly 60 years, is dedicated to growing hearts and minds, fostering creativity, and instilling a lifelong love of learning in children aged 3 to 8. Our school understands that every child is unique, and our dedicated and compassionate teachers are experts at creating a warm, orderly, and stimulating environment that allows each child to explore their interests and satisfy their curiosity. Our curriculum encompasses music, art, movement, dance, and basic Spanish, providing a well-rounded educational experience.
Recognizing the significance of the early years in a child’s educational journey, we are committed to providing a strong foundation for your child’s future. Our teachers are not just educators; they are mentors, guiding children to become independent learners, thinkers, and problem-solvers. They understand ‘the whole child’ through keen observation and deep knowledge of child development.
Come for a Visit – We invite you to join us to discover why The Children’s School is the choice for parents who believe in the importance of beginnings. To tour our beautiful campus, meet our dedicated teachers, and explore how our innovative programs can benefit your child, please call 203.329.8815 to RSVP for one of our open houses, or to arrange a private tour.
The Children’s School is located at 118 Scofieldtown Road in Stamford, and you can also find more information at www.childrensschool.org.
Tuesday, November 7, 9:30 a.m. on campus
Tuesday, January 9, 9:30 a.m. on campus
Virtual Info Sessions:
See dates and times here.
Eagle Hill School
Eagle Hill is an independent school for bright elementary and middle-school students who learn differently.
Eagle Hill offers a research-based, individualized learning program that helps bright students with language-based learning differences soar. Guided by expert faculty, students build strong foundational literacy skills in all content areas while developing independence, self-advocacy, and a love of learning.
An integrated services model means the extras aren’t “extra.” Support in social-emotional learning and pragmatic language is embedded in our curriculum and built into each students’ day. Our arts and athletics programs encourage students to find their passion, express themselves creatively, and learn the value of sportsmanship and cooperation. Inherent in the Eagle Hill philosophy is the development of children with strong moral and ethical character. Children continue their educational journey beyond Eagle Hill with confidence in their academic abilities and a true belief in their worth as human beings.
The French-American School of New York (FASNY)
Founded in 1980 as a one-classroom preschool, the French-American School of New York, FASNY is an international and bilingual N-12 day school educating more than 750 students on three campuses in Mamaroneck and Larchmont.
FASNY’s bilingual preschool program begins at 3 years old and is play-based with an emphasis on language acquisition. The curriculum is interconnected, between themes and languages and across age groups, following the same structure, adding skills, and increasing challenges as the students go between grade levels.
No French is required at any level! Live Locally, Learn Globally at FASNY!
Middle & Upper School Open Houses:
Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Lower School Open Houses:
Thursday, Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
PreK & Kindergarten Explore Day:
Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Coffee and Conversation information sessions throughout fall, click here for the schedule
Greens Farms Academy
At Greens Farms Academy (GFA) we empower students to do the hard, thrilling, essential work of shaping their own world, of building their own future.
More than 700 PreK–12 students come from 23 towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties and form an inclusive community that plays on 64 interscholastic athletic teams, participates in a robust service-learning program, and aspires to live by our school’s motto, “Each for All.” GFA cultivates curiosity and prepares students for an evolving world.
Since 1925, Greens Farms Academy has graduated thousands of compassionate, enterprising, broad-minded individuals with the courage and vision to build a better tomorrow.
A leader in all-girls education, Greenwich Academy is an independent college preparatory day school for students in grades pre-K through 12. Our rigorous academic program empowers students to be creative, inquisitive, and resourceful in every aspect of their learning under the guidance of a dedicated and talented faculty. Underpinning everything we do is a firm commitment to helping girls develop compassion, moral courage, and resilience, as embodied in our motto: Toward the Building of Character.
Rich co-curricular offerings enhance everyday learning at GA. Whether she’s writing for our award-winning literary magazine, working to cultivate new antibiotics, attending a conference on Kingian Non-Violence, or fashioning a costume for a musical production, a GA girl has the opportunity to identify her interests and explore them fully. The fine and performing arts are popular at every level, as are community service and social justice commitments. We are also proud of the strength of our athletic program, as well as the fact that girls of all skill levels can participate.
In GA’s Upper School, the Coordinate Program with our brother school, Brunswick, enables GA students to enroll in classes on both campuses and gives them access to a total of over 200 courses between the schools.
Nursery – Grade 12
Contact the Admissions Office at (203) 863-5610
or [email protected]
Sunday, October 15, N-Grade 8, 1 p.m.
Old Church Road Campus
Sunday, October 29, Grades 9-12, 1 p.m.
Stanwich Road Campus
Greenwich Country Day School
The Mission of Greenwich Country Day School is to enable all children in their care to discover and to develop what is finest in themselves—to achieve the highest standards in their studies, in their play, and in their character.
Greenwich Country Day School is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent school for nursery through 12th grade. The purposeful mission of academic excellence and character development is as relevant today as it was at the school’s founding in 1926. GCDS’s curriculum builds a solid background in the sciences and humanities while challenging students to develop critical knowledge and skills through inquiry, exploration, interdisciplinary studies, and real-world application, preparing them for a rapidly changing world.
PreK 3 – Grade 8
Visit the website here for more information!
Sunday, October 15, 10 a.m. – noon
Greenwich Catholic School is unlike any other school in Fairfield and Westchester County. We are a co-educational day school in Greenwich, Connecticut, where students in PreK 3 through Grade 8 learn and thrive.
We do more than educate your child. We help mold them into strong, confident leaders who think critically, act compassionately, and are prepared to be responsible global citizens.
Each child at Greenwich Catholic is known, cared for, and supported by every member of our strong community. Greenwich Catholic will set your child up for success with unrivaled academics and athletic programs, comparatively low tuition, and a solid track record of getting our graduates into their first-choice high school.
Westchester towns near the Connecticut border provide bussing to GCS. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.
The Harvey School personalizes an educational journey to be as unique as each individual student in grades 6-12, with 5-day boarding in grades 9-12.
Located on a beautiful 125-acre hilltop campus, students have unlimited opportunities to unlock their potential and chase what fulfills them. At Harvey, helping students become their best selves has everything to do with connecting with their teachers, dreaming big, challenging themselves, and moving out of their comfort zone, resulting in extraordinary personal and intellectual growth. There’s nothing more powerful than a student who believes they can make a difference.
Visit us to learn how Harvey cultivates excellence in every facet of the educational experience.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Visit campus for a student-led tour, meet faculty and engage with members of the Hopkins community. Spaces are limited and reservations are required. Please register online at the Virtual Admission Center.
If you can’t join in October, please contact or visit the Virtual Admission Center by clicking here for other times to visit and to apply to Hopkins.
Hopkins School students are curious—they love to think and learn. Here each day, at the nation’s third oldest independent school, high-achieving students come to learn with an intellectual passion, challenging one another in a collective pursuit of excellence.
- Small classes average just 12 students.
- More National Merit Scholar finalists than any other school in Connecticut, public or private.
- A team of professional and experienced College Counselors lead our very successful college process. Click here to see our matriculation list.
- Hopkins students are gifted scholars, but they are also talented leaders, athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and more.
- Students of color comprise almost 50% percent of our diverse, inclusive Hopkins family.
- A dedicated faculty who are experts in their fields and love teaching and sharing their expertise with students.
For more than 100 years, Iona Preparatory has been education for higher expectations for the boys and young men of the metropolitan area. Nestled on 37 acres of suburban green in New Rochelle, N.Y., and spread across two collegiate-style campuses, Iona Prep is Westchester’s only all-boys, prekindergarten through 12th grade Catholic school. Rigorous academics with three levels of study, a personalized and comprehensive school counseling and college advisement program, unique Christian service and leadership opportunities locally, nationally and internationally, championship athletics, and an array of activities provide students—starting as early as age 4—with the foundation for success in college and in life.
King School unlocks the power of wonder. It begins with students becoming agents in their own learning. When students are exploring, questioning, and making connections — and teachers are creating these moments of discovery — students are truly learning. This is what King students experience at every grade level and in every discipline.
From the wide variety of active, immersive learning experiences to intentional efforts to reach each and every child, King students embrace learning in a diverse community where multiple backgrounds and perspectives are celebrated.
By the time they graduate, students didn’t just learn, they learned how to learn. King graduates leave school full of possibility – ready to succeed and better prepared to better the world. Visit our website to learn more and schedule a campus tour.
The Long Ridge School
When you visit our expansive, idyllic campus, you’ll find an inclusive community, where teachers, students, and parents of all backgrounds work together to guide children toward becoming compassionate global citizens.
The Masters School
The Masters School is a leading, college-preparatory 5- and 7-day boarding and day school located on a beautiful 96-acre campus in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
Masters begins its 146th year with a diverse and talented student body of 693 upper and middle school students, representing 14 states and 30 countries.
The Mead School
The Mead School is a PreK-8 progressive, independent school in North Stamford that provides students an intimate learning environment that enables big and joyful learning.
Our unique Home Center Model provides a dedicated teacher that oversees the academic and social emotional growth and development of each child. Mead values project-based, hands-on academic experiences as well as the arts, reflection, and the outdoors.
No matter where the next journey leads, our graduates move on to high school as confident self-advocates who are eager to follow their passions and continue to find all that is best in themselves.
Pre-K – Grade 9
For information about upcoming admission offerings, visit the website here!
All School Open House, Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
New Canaan Country School
New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9 living in Westchester and Fairfield counties.
Graduates excel at top day, boarding and public secondary schools and go on to lead lives of impact and purpose.
Pierrepont School is a small co-educational K-12th independent school located in Westport, CT.
Our program offers classes taught by specialists in their fields and small class sizes. We focus on breadth and depth of course offerings for grades K to 12. Our curriculum emphasizes logical thinking, explores the origins of ideas, and favors primary source materials.
Pierrepont is a gradeless environment that demands that intrinsic motivation drive its students in their learning. Our teachers are passionate scholars in their fields, our students are curious, willing to engage with complexity and are unafraid of learning.
Preschool – Grade 12
Please contact the Admissions Office for more information at
[email protected] or (203) 532-3534
Fall Open Houses:
Upper School, October 18, 5:30 p.m.
K–12, November 4, 9 a.m.
Barat Center, November 17, 9:30 a.m.
Admission Tour Days:
October 12, November 9,
December 7, January 1
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sacred Heart Greenwich
Located on a 110+ acre campus, Sacred Heart Greenwich offers girls and young women access to state-of-the-art facilities, inspiring and experienced teachers, and a dynamic curriculum that forges values with leadership formation.
Sacred Heart Greenwich is part of the Sacred Heart network of schools located in 41 countries that share a mission and vision exemplified by a common set of Goals and Criteria focused on faith, intellect, justice, community, and wisdom. Founded in 1848, Sacred Heart Greenwich is an all-girls, independent, Catholic school, that educates and empowers students to pursue excellence, build courage and confidence, and lead lives of purpose and integrity.
The School also offers a coed preschool program at their Barat Center for Early Childhood Education. Sacred Heart Greenwich envisions a world where all girls and women are able to shape the future through learning and service. We transform the world, one girl at a time.
At Schoolhouse Academy, your child is taught how to learn and critically think by doing. Your child’s learning will accelerate to new heights through: Project Based & Hands-on Learning; a STEM & Art focused curriculum; Strategic Small Group Tutoring; Mastery-Based Education; Subject Expert Teachers; and Advanced 3D & Interactive Technology. Our focus is on providing a high quality education that best fits your child’s needs at an affordable tuition.
Preschool through 8th Grade. Located at 225 Danbury Road in Wilton, CT.
The Schoolhouse Academy Team and Advisors have significant experience in creating, starting-up, operating, and building successful schools.
Situated on 14 acres with an athletic field, gymnasium, outdoor trails, our new campus will be welcoming students in August 2024.
St. Luke’s School
St Luke’s is a secular (non-religious) private school in New Canaan, CT, for grades 5-12. St. Luke’s mission is to provide an exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead.
Our engaging programs and diverse co-educational community inspire excellence, foster intellectual and ethical development, and prepare students to thrive at top colleges, universities, and beyond.
Join us at one of our upcoming admissions events.
Villa Maria School
Since 1973, Villa Maria has created an inclusive community where students from Kindergarten to Grade 9 with diverse learning profiles develop the skills leading to academic, social and emotional growth.
Our students have diagnoses that include language-based learning disorders, auditory processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, ASD and ADHD.
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