Welcome to the 2021 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 2021 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.
Note: Featured image above courtesy of St. Luke's School | Inspiring Students to go Above and Beyond What They Ever Thought Possible. Home page hero image for this independent School Guide courtesy of German International School New York | A Pre-K through Grade 12, Independent, Bilingual School
Independent School Directory
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- Choate Rosemary Hall | Wallingford, CT | This is where amazing things begin.
- Fusion Academy | A Private School Where Classes Are One-to-One
- German International School New York | A Pre-K through Grade 12, Independent, Bilingual School
- The Gow School | A Coed College-Prep Boarding and Day School for Students, Grades 6-12, with Dyslexia and Similar Language-Based Learning Disabilities
- King School | Dare to Ask More of Education.
- The Long Ridge School | Nurturing the Good Person and Good Student in Each Child.
- St. Luke's School | Inspiring Students to go Above and Beyond What They Ever Thought Possible.
- Stoneleigh-Burnham School | Fostering the Development of Strong Female Identities
Independent School Showcase
This is where amazing things begin. Where anything is possible. At Choate, you will work hard to develop your talents to the fullest. And along the way, you will discover new paths and possibilities. We are excited for you to be a part of this journey. Come find the path that is right for you.
Our students stand out for their desire and drive for knowledge, their passion, their creativity, their energy, and their commitment to service. Along the way, our students are guided by passionate educators who are excited about their craft and who are energized by what they do every day. Choate is a place where, if you have a great idea, you can find the resources and a kindred spirit to help you bring your idea to fruition.
Over the past 130 years we have had the privilege of knowing and nurturing over 18,000 graduates, and they’ve made us proud of the remarkable and distinctive lives they’ve chosen to live. Choate alumni are leaders, innovators, catalysts, and true originals. Their unique way of seeing the world reflects our focus on the Life of the Mind: we aim to foster critical and independent thinking, deep intellectual curiosity, exploration, and a lifelong love of learning in everything we do.
If you want to be part of a dynamic and robust learning community, we welcome you to consider joining us at Choate Rosemary Hall.
Keep your child engaged this school year with personalized 1:1 learning. Fusion Academy’s innovative model helps students in grades 6-12 with a completely customized one-to-one teaching experience that is individualized to help every student succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
Our classes are taught one-to-one with one teacher and one student per classroom. This individualized teaching allows us to support your student’s academic goals and set them up for future success.
Catch up, get ahead, or try something new! With over 250 course options, students can take classes in the subjects of their choice and get the individualized attention they need to excel.
Fusion also offers customized tutoring and mentoring in all content areas, in-person or online with Fusion teachers. We offer tutoring sessions in study skills building, executive functioning, or academic subjects like math, science, history, English, world languages, or electives like music, art, graphic design, computer programming and more!
Students can take a single class, enroll full-time, sign up for tutoring, or utilize our customized scheduling to work around sports, hobbies, and other commitments.
We meet students where they are and personalize learning for your child to thrive and explore new creative passions.
Students can attend all classes and programs in-person or virtually. All virtual options are live one-to-one with a teacher, just like they would be in-person.
We look forward to having you join us at Fusion this fall!
Established in 1980, German International School New York (GISNY), an independent Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory program, is located in Westchester County, New York, 30 minutes north of New York City and 15 minutes south of Greenwich, Connecticut.
GISNY’s bilingual education and rigorous academics with an emphasis on the sciences cultivate students to develop into curious, analytical, and conscientious global citizens. We are the only school in the tristate area, where graduates earn the NYS High School Diploma and the German International Abitur, a globally recognized diploma, which facilitates access to universities worldwide.
Our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs offer a bright, spacious, and nurturing environment, and with our new Nature Based Early Childhood Education Program (NBECE), our students are enjoying most of their school day outdoors on our beautiful 20-acre campus. Children entering our Pre-K or Kindergarten programs are not required to speak or understand German and will build the foundation of being bilingual by first grade.
We welcome all nationalities!
At a glance:
- Our rigorous curriculum encompasses all the major disciplines of the arts and sciences and meets and exceeds both Germany’s and New York’s official requirements.
- Our students earn two diplomas: The New York High School Diploma and the German International Abitur.
- Our academic program is recognized for both its depth and breadth, emphasizing the development of critical thinking, independence, and problem-solving skills.
- Our students think, speak, read, and write in at least two languages.
- Our supporting and nurturing teachers create an atmosphere of tolerance, acceptance, and awareness.
- Our 20-acre campus is utilized for outdoor instruction for all grades, as well as for our new nature program for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students. It also comprises multiple playgrounds and playing fields.
- Summer 2021: Construction of our new Science Wing with a state-of-the-art Maker Space (Science Lab) and a full revision of our science classrooms.
- Our wide range of after school activities caters to a variety of talents and interests, i.e., arts & music, athletics, language & culture, strategy & problem solving, and community service.*
- Our Lower School provides flexible after school options through the After-Care- Program (until 3:45 p.m.) and Extended After Care (until 5:45 p.m.).*
* These programs are not available for as long as Covid regulations are in place. Some after school activities are offered virtually.
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. Join us for one of our upcoming Virtual Open House Events on 4/21, 5/19 or 6/16 at 3:00 pm.
For more information or to join our next virtual Open House, please contact: Marina Lula via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +1 914 948 6513 extension 220 or visit: www.gisny.org/admissions.
The Gow School | A Coed College-Prep Boarding and Day School for Students, Grades 6-12, with Dyslexia and Similar Language-Based Learning Disabilities
The Gow School is a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities. Focusing on small class sizes, 3-7 students per class, and a low 4:1 student to faculty ratio, The Gow School offers a multisensory approach to teaching that enables dyslexic students to thrive.
The Gow community has a sense of belonging, of equality, and of connection born on common trials and shared triumph.
Gow has a start fast, finish strong mentality and students typically start to see progress soon after they step foot in our classrooms. Progress typically comes quickly, soon after they invest themselves in the program. At the School’s core is a structured program designed to help students navigate the academic day and a daily schedule designed to keep students busy. Between a packed class schedule, after-school sports, study hall and Saturday classes, there is little unprogrammed time.
In July, the school’s co-ed summer program is five weeks of learning and fun for ages 8- 16! The Gow School Summer Program is for students who have been experiencing academic difficulties, or have been diagnosed with dyslexia or specific learning disabilities.
The Summer Program runs from the end of June to early August with morning academics, afternoon fun and games and weekend adventures! The Gow School Summer Program gives students academic tools and self-confidence they can take with them wherever they go; to the classroom and beyond.
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.
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The Long Ridge School is an independent school, age 2 to grade 5, on a spectacular campus tucked away in the North Stamford woods. Students are drawn from many local Connecticut and New York towns.
Long Ridge is a small elementary school by design, where children stay children longer and thrive in an environment created specifically for them. It is the only independent school in the area devoted solely to preschool and elementary education.
Long Ridge's multi-age classrooms, small learning groups and low student to teacher ratios facilitate an individualized approach. With a theme-driven, interdisciplinary curriculum, our teachers ensure gold standard academic programs with a modern, collaborative, problem-solving approach.
The Long Ridge School has a diverse and globally inclusive community, where children are known and valued as unique individuals and learning is an active, joyful experience.
With excellent teachers and strong programs in math, literacy, science, music and the arts, Long Ridge graduates are actively recruited by the best area middle schools.
St. Luke's is a secular (non-religious), private day school for grades 5-12 in New Canaan, CT.
Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.
Our Mission at St. Luke's is: "An exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead."
Where will a St. Luke's education take you? Above and Beyond what you ever thought possible. Our inclusive community will inspire middle and high school students to reach higher and make a difference in the world. From Scholars programs to ethical leadership, AP Calculus to weekly college counseling sessions, St. Luke's provides endless opportunities to dive in and take initiative. Backed by caring teachers, advisors, and peers, you'll find there's no limit to where you'll go or what you'll do.
You have questions, we have answers. Get all your family's questions answered by an Admissions team with years of experience. We know choosing a school is a big decision and we're here to share our knowledge about education, private school, and of course, St. Luke's School. Let's connect—schedule a call by phone or Zoom today! We can also set up a personal tour of our campus for your family.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS), an independent day and boarding school in Greenfield, Massachusetts, attracts girls in grades 7-12 from more than 15 states and more than a dozen countries.
SBS, now in its 152nd year, is known for its powerful academics, as well as its debate and public speaking, performing and visual arts, athletics, and equestrian programs. It is the first girls’ boarding school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and 100% of its seniors are accepted to college year after year.
As part of its commitment to make education accessible to more families, SBS reduced its day tuition by upwards of 40% in 2020. The following year, the School significantly decreased boarding tuition. SBS’s new tuition rates position them at the forefront of an important trend in independent school education and their boarding tuition is now approximately 10% lower than the national average boarding school tuition.
SBS is an academic community with an international perspective. The School inspires girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect, and intellectual curiosity. Each student is challenged to discover her best self and graduate with the confidence to think independently and act ethically, secure in the knowledge that her voice will be heard.
To learn more about SBS, please visit sbschool.org.