Welcome to the 2019 Living Greenwich Independent School Guide - a trusted resource for Greenwich-area parents seeking in-depth information on the best independent schools and programs available for their children.
What are some of the benefits of choosing an independent school?
There is a wide diversity among independent schools, allowing you to find a school with an innovative and exciting curriculum that is an excellent fit for your child. Whether co-ed or single sex, day school or boarding school, religious or not religiously affiliated, each independent school is driven by its own unique philosophy, values, and approach to teaching.
Independent schools have high academic standards, nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning. Outside of the the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in school-sponsored athletic endeavors, artistic pursuits, and leadership experiences.
Independent schools attract exceptional teachers who usually teach in their areas of expertise and are passionate about developing a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation. Plus class sizes tend to be smaller and low student/teacher ratios foster valuable connections between instructors and students.
Independent schools also cultivate an environment of regular (and open) communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.
Where to begin? Take the time to mindfully peruse our 2019 selection of Independent Schools. The respected institutions showcased here are certain to open your mind to the wide array of curricula, opportunities, benefits, and possibilities available to families who choose to begin their child on path towards the superior educational programs these Independent Schools have developed. We strongly suggest taking the time to read the full details for each Independent School - and clicking through to their actual websites - in order to get an informed sense as to the actual spectrum of academic offerings and extracurricular activities furnished by each featured listing.
Independent School Directory
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- Carmel Academy | Values Driven Excellence
- Eagle Hill School | Learning. Transformed.
- German International School New York | A Pre-K through Grade 12, Independent, Bilingual School
- Iona Preparatory School | Discover The Iona Prep Difference
- School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY | Educating Young Women of Conscience and Action
- King School | Dare to Ask More of Education.
- Winston Preparatory School - Individualized Education For Students with Learning Differences
- The Harvey School | Small School. Big Opportunities. Endless Possibilities.
- Berkshire School | A coed boarding and day school in Sheffield, MA for grades 9-12 & PG
Independent School Showcase
What if there was a school that offered every child rigorous and differentiated academics, award-winning social emotional learning, and broad enrichment opportunities – all wrapped in deep commitment to Jewish learning, values, and community?
Carmel Academy sits on a beautiful 17-acre campus 35 minutes north of NYC. Our individualized, whole-child approach supports and stretches our students to achieve their fullest potential, believing that every child should be deeply understood on a social, emotional level; met, nurtured, and challenged academically, and supported in the pursuit of their interests.
We recognize that every child has a unique learning style. By identifying, leveraging, and growing that set of innate strengths, our faculty nurture and drive academic success. Advantages of a Carmel education include a rigorous and award-winning curriculum focused on critical thinking, connecting, and collaboration, a faculty who can differentiate lessons to leverage learning styles, an incredible average student to teacher ratio of 7:1, and a dedication to Jewish values and learning focused on developing citizen scholars.
Carmel Academy was pioneering Social Emotional Learning long before it was a buzz word. With a decade of curriculum development and a strong cadre of professionals, Carmel is a leader in developing this key element of student success. We have three full-time SEL staff, school-wide social skills curriculum, and skills classes to develop executive functioning, study skills, self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-advocacy.
Our whole child focus includes supporting interests and opening minds to new areas of engagement. We have three modern STEM labs and curricula in science, biology, engineering, computer coding, and mathematics including NYS Regents Algebra; an arts curriculum including music, chorus, band, studio art, and theatre productions, and interscholastic athletics including soccer, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, tennis, baseball, and softball.
Carmel Academy Open House: Sunday, October 27th (10am-12pm). Come learn how Carmel Academy's individualized, whole-child approach nurtures and challenges our students to achieve their fullest potential. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND RSVP!
To learn more about the unique Carmel program and its incredible graduates and outcomes, please contact Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine a school…
- Where your child learns to read and write with confidence
- That teaches independence and self-advocacy
- That provides your child with the skills and strategies needed to succeed academically and socially
- Where the faculty care about your child’s success as much as you do
- Where your child feels understood.
Eagle Hill is that school.
Founded in 1975, Eagle Hill is an independent, co-educational day and five-day boarding school for students ages 5-15 with language-based learning differences.
At Eagle Hill, our goal is to provide intensive, short-term remedial instruction to children with learning differences and return them to the educational mainstream as soon as possible.
During their time at Eagle Hill, your child’s learning experience will be completely personalized. Each child is carefully evaluated and, based on the specific nature of his or her learning difference, a customized educational program is developed.
This individualized, skills-based program is taught by a highly credentialed faculty, uses personalized learning strategies, and is grounded in the latest research in educating students who learn differently.
The skills and strategies your child learns at Eagle Hill will prepare them for continued success in high school, college, and beyond.
- Our program is designed for students who have:
- A language-based learning difference, including but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, executive functioning disorder, auditory processing disorder, and ADHD
- Average to above-average cognitive ability
- Fallen behind or have academic weakness in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and/or attention
- Expressive/receptive language deficits.
TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE DATES/TIMES: Eagle Hill School
Visit eaglehillschool.org/admissions/open-houses to register for an open house at Eagle Hill School.
2019-2020 Open House Dates: September 17, October 15, November 19, January 14, February 25, April 7
We invite prospective parents interested in Eagle Hill to visit with us on one of our Open House days to learn more about our program. Members of the administration will provide an overview of the admissions process, the Eagle Hill educational philosophy, and the breadth of academic, social, and athletic opportunities. A campus tour will follow.
Founded in 1980, German International School New York (GISNY) is a private, non-profit, international school beautifully located on 20 acres of land in Westchester County, New York, 30 minutes north of New York City and 15 minutes south of Greenwich, Connecticut.
GISNY offers a distinctive German/English bilingual, multicultural approach to teaching and learning for students from Pre-K through Grade 12.
The German and American curricula are united in an open, supportive environment that promotes personal growth, independence, and teamwork. Small class sizes allow our teachers to pay close personal attention to each student, thereby helping them to achieve their potential and encouraging them to develop into curious, analytical, and conscientious global citizens.
Our admissions events are a great way to get to know our school and give you a unique opportunity to engage with our Heads of School, administrators, faculty, and admissions team.
We have scheduled our Open House events from 10 - 11:30 a.m. for the following dates:
-- Oct. 4, 2019
-- Nov. 15, 2019
-- Jan. 24, 2020
-- March 20, 2020
If you are not able to attend any of our events, please complete an Inquiry Form and request to schedule a private tour. Appointments are required for all tours.
Iona Preparatory is the area’s only all-boys, PK4-12 Catholic school.
With a more than 100-year tradition of academic excellence, Iona Prep develops young men into moral and ethical leaders who are dedicated to Christian service and who strive for spiritual, intellectual and physical excellence beginning as early as age 4.
For more than 100 years, Iona Prep has been committed to academic excellence, providing an education that empowers young men to become thoughtful, committed leaders who succeed in college and beyond.
An Iona Prep education is one of the best investments you can make for your son’s development.
TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE DATES/TIMES: Iona Preparatory
Visit www.ionaprep.org/openhouse to sign up for an open house at Iona Preparatory.
Open House Dates:
• Sunday, Oct. 20, 12-3 p.m. for Grades 9-12
•Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m. for Grades PK4-8
•Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m. for Grades 9-12
School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY, is an all-girls, Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for grades 5-12.
Every day at Holy Child we aim to engage our girls in an education that will shape who they are for the rest of their lives. Every project, opportunity, and experience is thoughtfully curated to help develop young women of conscience and action who will "meet the wants of the age."
"As the barriers of a typical classroom come tumbling down, students are better able to connect their learning to practical, real-world applications outside of the classroom."
Melissa Dan, Ed.S. Head of School
TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE DATES/TIMES: School of the Holy Child
Visit holychildrye.org/admission/open-house2 to register for an open house at School of the Holy Child.
Open House Date:
• Saturday, October 19 from 10am-1pm
- Meet faculty members and learn about courses, schedules, and exceptional opportunities in the classroom and beyond
- Speak with Holy Child girls about schoolwork, sports, extracurriculars, and how to balance it all
- Tour our beautiful campus and learn more about what it is like to Be A Gryphon
At King School, we seek more than achievement for our students. We open minds and spark courageous thinking.
Every day, our students discover and forge their unique paths to excellence, as we teach, guide, and cheer them on. Because when we set better standards for both the experience and outcomes of education, students cultivate the insights and heart to own their future.
When children are told there are only a few achievements worth striving for, and that their friends are really their competitors, their creativity and independence are stifled.
We set a better standard by daring young people to ask more of their education than a race to the finish. Our better way to be your best means amplifying students’ passions and uncovering the talents they don’t yet know they have. King students celebrate achievement within community, and know that their King experience will take them wherever they want to go.
When students are known, supported, and understood at a school, they feel more confident in exploring new things and taking risks. As a result, they are more likely to discover new strengths and push beyond what’s required to “make the grade.” King students pursue meaningful research, boldly intertwine academic subjects, and share their learning in diverse formats. They deepen their understanding through the give and take of different perspectives. King students discover a better way to be their best.
TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE DATES/TIMES: King School
Visit kingschoolct.org/admission/open-house to register for an open house at King School.
Open House Dates:
• Middle & Upper School Open House (Incoming Grades 6-11): Sunday, October 6th (1-4pm)
• Lower School Open House (Incoming Pre-K through Grade 5): Sunday, November 3rd (12:30-3:30pm)
Join us for an Open House and explore what interests YOU. Our Open House is truly OPEN. Arrive anytime and visit classrooms in subjects that interest you and meet faculty, students, and parents who share your passions. We can't wait to meet you!
Winston Preparatory School (WPS) is an innovative day school (with campuses in Norwalk, CT; Whippany, NJ; New York City; and Dix Hills, NY) for students in the 4th through 12th grade with learning differences such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, and executive functioning difficulties.
At WPS, 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. They do this through a process that understands each student, individualizes a program to meet their needs and continually refines this program based on individual progress, while building a powerful sense of community. They call this process the Continuous Feedback System. This system is designed to deeply understand each student's specific learning profile, including their strengths and potential.
TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE DATES/TIMES: Winston Preparatory School, Norwalk Campus
Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students in grades 4 through 12 with learning differences. Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy.
Visit www.winstonprep.edu/apply-now to sign up for an open house at our Norwalk campus on 9/20/2019 and 10/11/2019 at 9:30am.
The Harvey School provides a college-preparatory program that fosters lifelong learning and inspires students to develop the confidence and leadership qualities necessary to succeed in a diverse, competitive, and changing world.
With our commitment to small class size, our community cultivates the strengths of each student through academic excellence, artistic exploration, athletic achievement, community service, and global understanding.
Students of diverse backgrounds come together on the Harvey campus to grow intellectually, creatively, and socially in our rigorous and nurturing community. By the time our students graduate they have had the opportunity to find and become their best selves. We think this is an education that matters.
What Makes Us Different.
-- Small class sizes ensure that faculty are able to work closely with students in and out of the classroom as they master and internalize content.
-- Harvey students are prepared for entrance into college or university and are assisted by a strong college counseling program that begins and ends with the student-faculty relationship. -- Our Signature Programs allow students to explore interests and passions beyond typical academic offerings, giving them the opportunity to expand their intellectual and global knowledge.
Berkshire School is a co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and post-graduates.
The 400-acre campus is located at the base of Mount Everett (2,624 ft.) in Sheffield, Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshire Hills, a popular tourist destination for world-renowned arts and culture, health and wellness retreats and spectacular nature, including the Appalachian Trail, which is a short hike from campus.
By design, every student makes an impact at Berkshire. No student is anonymous. Everyone knows everyone—from faculty and staff to new students and graduating seniors. Our enrollment of 400 students is a sweet spot for Berkshire’s model and culture, allowing us to cultivate an exceptionally affirming and close-knit residential community. From the foundation of being known well, our students build confidence, which enables them to strive, take risks, and reimagine their potential in all areas of their development.
Academics at Berkshire School
At Berkshire, there is no academic ceiling. The learning environment cultivates a desire for students to challenge themselves, take risks, and reach new heights. Built upon this strong foundation, our curriculum affords students the opportunity to explore an intellectual passion or nurture a new interest within our broad course offerings. Our goal is to ensure that all students have a unique learning experience providing them with the opportunities to go beyond the classroom to expand their knowledge.
At the heart of Berkshire’s academic program is an exceptional college preparatory curriculum that fosters critical thinking, agile problem solving, collaboration, and curiosity across all disciplines. Our academic program is distinguished by its forward-thinking approach through a curriculum designed to be relevant and dynamic, preparing students for an ever-changing global world.