When it comes to choosing a private school for your child, there can be an overwhelming number of options … day school, boarding school, Montessori, religious-based, language immersion … the list goes on and on. How do you decide? Do you Google every school, ask all of your friends and family for recommendations, attend each open house? With so many private schools from which to choose, how can you make your research the most productive, and where should you begin?
A good place to start would be with the school’s mission statement…how does each school encapsulate itself in a paragraph or two, and what can it say to encourage further exploration?
Here, a comprehensive number of Fairfield County private schools have provided the first step. The next is up to you…
Ridgefield Montessori School
96 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield
The Ridgefield Montessori School has been preparing children 18 months through 6 years old for a lifetime of learning and success in a nurturing environment since 1999. We dedicate ourselves to nurturing the individual child’s inherent love of learning and desire for independence. We seek to build a partnership with the students and parents in a diverse community where each child feels an important member and can strive to reach their full potential. We commit to fostering human understanding and acceptance.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to the words, but by experiences in the environment.” – Maria Montessori
Pear Tree Point School
90 Pear Tree Point Rd., Darien
Pear Tree Point School (Pre-K – Grade 6) is a vibrant school for young learners. Its small classes and superior teacher student ratios provide a stimulating academic program in a nurturing environment. Its internationally oriented Core Knowledge curriculum is well sequenced and researched and allows students to learn in depth. The Core Virtues character development program and a strong partnership with parents fosters a warm and caring atmosphere and sense of community. A PTPS education produces skilled, prepared and high performing students and thoughtful citizens.
Housatonic Valley Waldorf School
40 Dodgingtown Rd., Newtown
Respect for the heart and soul of childhood lays the foundation for a joyful, purposeful life. With a profound respect for childhood as its guiding principle, The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School nurtures your child’s innate sense of curiosity, creativity and awe through a holistic curriculum that integrates the senses with the subject matter being taught.
Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need for standardized testing and allows motivation to arise from within to help engender the capacity for joyful life-long learning. Waldorf Education is independent and inclusive. It upholds the principles of freedom in education and engages independent administration locally, continentally and internationally.
223 W Mountain Rd, Ridgefield
At Ridgefield Academy every child is known, needed, valued, and supported. Our talented teachers engage students in grades K – 8 in a challenging, well-rounded educational program that includes work in STEM fields, the humanities, the digital and traditional arts, and athletics. Students are encouraged to discover their talents and follow their interests wherever they may lead, and our state of the art facilities support students in that process. Along the way, children grow in confidence; learn to make decisions for themselves, to take risks, to be resourceful and resilient, and to give back to their community.
1450 Newfield Avenue, Stamford
King School is a highly selective, PreKindergarten-Grade 12 co-ed, independent day school. Exceptional Faculty offer a challenging academic program rooted in a personalized approach to teaching and learning. Students thrive within a culture of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect. King graduates succeed in the top colleges and universities and pursue lives of ongoing inquiry and accomplishment.
St. Aloysius School
33 South Ave., New Canaan
St. Aloysius School, a 2010 National Blue Ribbon Award winner, continues its 60-year history of promoting academic excellence in a faith-filled environment that is strengthened by community and family collaboration. Caring staff offer challenging academics including 21st Century STEM skills, technology-infused instruction, and an integrated curriculum to foster real-world applications of learning. Enrichment includes Spanish, gym, art, and music, as well as after-school athletics and clubs. In addition, frequent volunteer and service opportunities allow students to live their faith.
Our students regularly qualify for the John’s Hopkins Talented Youth
programs, and our school is ranked among the top 50 private schools nationally.
91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury
Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from Pre-K through grade 12. The Wooster School community fosters a culture rich in thinking, learning, relationships, and Self-Help. Our students develop the skills, dispositions, and knowledge necessary to confidently and resiliently engage the world as people of conscience, compassion, and action. Our purpose is to prepare young people for fulfillment, happiness, and success in life through the rigorous and healthy development of intellect, conscience, body, and spirit.
St. Mary School
183 High Ridge Ave, Ridgefield
“Work Hard. Be Kind. Smile.” This familiar phrase is the students’ version of the Saint Mary School mission statement, and is alive in the hallways and classrooms of Saint Mary School. Our balance of academics, faith and community provides a strong foundation. Our program begins with Preschool 3’s and continues through Grade 8. In addition to core academic classes, we offer French, Spanish, Technology, Music, Art, Band, Strings, and a variety of afterschool programs.
80 Gatehouse Rd., Stamford
2150 Post Rd #304, Fairfield
Fusion Academy is an accredited private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom, we personalize curriculum and teaching to students’ individual strengths and learning styles. Customized scheduling allows students to enroll and take classes at times that work for them. Our campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio, mixed media art studio, and a Homework Café® where students complete all homework before going home. Fusion students are all unique but have one thing in common: traditional school doesn’t work.
Zion’s Hill Preschool
470 Danbury Road, Wilton
Zion’s Hill Preschool Program provides a developmentally appropriate learning environment for children ages 2 to 5 years. Our team of educators facilitates play-based learning through thematic activities. Play-based learning offers children a natural environment to build the foundations for reading, writing, math and science, while simultaneously practicing the social and emotional tools necessary to foster friendships, independence and self-help skills. These skills, coupled with gross motor activities and creative arts, allow children to grow through exploration, discovery and expression. Our low teacher to student ratios enable us to focus on the individual child and their unique potential.
Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School 2011 Post Rd., Darien
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy to educate the whole child, NPNS provides a play based educational environment that creates opportunities for every child to question, explore, investigate, collaborate, and learn from one another. We believe in the undeniable capacity of children to learn. Our teachers work alongside the students to unleash their powers of discovery, investigation and creativity, which nurtures a fertile imagination, a keen intellect, a big heart and an insatiable life long passion for learning.
Fraser Woods Montessori School
173 S Main St, Newtown
Fraser Woods Montessori School serves children ages 15 months through 8th grade in unique multi-age group classrooms, and offers half and full day programs along with before and after school care. The school was founded in 1968 and is accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.
Students demonstrate a joy of learning and are confident, compassionate, and are prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic and ever-changing world.
Our Mission: Fraser Woods Montessori cultivates compassionate, self-confident, joyful citizens of the world; we respect the individuality of each child, challenge students to achieve their their full potential in a nurturing environment, and inspire curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and social responsibility.
St. Luke’s School
377 N. Wilton Road, New Canaan
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. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership advances our mission by helping students develop valuable leadership abilities.
At St. Luke’s, outstanding academics and strong community connections are inextricable. Our alumni cite relationships with teachers as the top value of their St. Luke’s education. Likewise, parents speak of the care, accessibility and professionalism that distinguish our faculty. In the words of a parent: “Teachers at St Luke’s go above and beyond. They reach out to students, engage them, and care about them…It is a wonderful school with the most engaged staff.”
A kind, inclusive, secular community awaits you at St. Luke’s. We welcome students in grades 5-12. St. Luke’s is ranked a top ten private high school in CT by Niche.
Newport Academy Day Schools Darien, Connecticut,
and Newport Beach, California
The Newport Academy Day Schools offer a comprehensive and nurturing educational environment in which students can reach their full academic potential, while continuing to focus on their recovery from mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
Students at the Newport Academy Day Schools are provided with an accredited curriculum designed to fit the needs of each individual. A high staff-to-student ratio of 4:1 allows for individualized attention and tutoring, college application support, and SAT/ACT tutoring. Daily process groups and recovery counseling are also woven into each student’s daily schedule. The Newport Academy approach focuses on raising self-esteem, improving executive function, establishing healthy friendships, and developing skills for leading a healthy, happy life.
Redding, Ridgefield, Westport
and Bedford, N.Y.
Landmark Preschool has been a leading provider of early childhood education for over 40 years. Landmark offers programs for children ages one through five and is dedicated to helping each child discover his or her intrinsic talents in a stimulating, nurturing and creative environment. Landmark Preschool is affiliated with Ridgefield Academy (K – Grade 8) ridgefieldacademy.org and is accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), cais.org.
The Children’s School
118 Scofield Rd., Stamford
If you provide children with a broad education in the arts, literacy, math, science and the history of their community, while allowing them to move and play freely, they will thrive. If you honor and stoke children’s natural curiosity—the engine of achievement—they will flourish. If you encourage children to be creative, to express themselves in song, on paper, at an easel, they will love the place called school. For more than a half-century, The Children’s School has been doing these things and much more in the name of growing young hearts and minds. The work we do on behalf of young children ensures that our children will continue to thrive, to flourish, to become lifelong learners because of a place called school. Not just any school: The Children’s School.
New Canaan Country School
635 Frogtown Rd., New Canaan
New Canaan Country School’s learning environment at each level is deliberately designed to balance the right combination of academics with socialization and support. The ultimate outcome of this intentional journey is children who are academically prepared, grounded and happy. New Canaan Country School is an independent, co-educational, day school for students age 3 – Grade 9. Located on 75-acres in New Canaan, the school serves students in Fairfield and Westchester counties.