- How many students are enrolled and how many openings do you have each year?
- What are your age requirements for entry to the school?
- My child's birth date falls just before/after the September first cutoff. Do you make exceptions?
- What about siblings of currently enrolled students and children of Far Hills Country Day School faculty and staff?
- How long is the school day?
- Is extended care offered before and after the regular school day?
- How much homework do students receive?
- What is the dress code?
- Does the school provide lunch?
- Does the school provide busing?
- Do you accept new students into the eighth grade?
- Do you accept mid-year transfers?
- How does Far Hills Country Day School guide parents in the secondary school admission process?
- Where do students go after Far Hills Country Day School?
- Why should you choose an independent school?
- Do you have a Diversity Policy?
Far Hills Country Day School enrolls approximately 375 boys and girls in grades Prekindergarten through Eight, as follows:
Prekindergarten (combined 3- and 4-year-old program)
Maximum class of 16; Two full-time teachers per class.
Two classes of maximum 16; approximately 16 new openings per year with additional openings through attrition. Two full-time teachers per class.
Grades One Through Eight
Three classes of maximum 16; openings through attrition. One full-time teacher per class (plus two full-time assistant teachers in grade one and an assistant teacher in grade two).
Siblings of currently enrolled students and faculty/staff children who demonstrate the capacity to be successful in our program will receive first consideration in the admission process, although there is no guarantee of acceptance. Siblings and faculty/staff children follow the same application procedures as all applicants and meet the same admission requirements.
Except for kindergarten, homework is a nightly experience and varies by grade level. The required time to complete homework may vary according to individual student performance:
Grade One: 15-20 minutes per night
Grade Two: 30 minutes 4 times a week
Grade Three: 45 minutes 4 times a week
Grade Four: 60 minutes 4 times a week with occasional long range assignments
In our Upper School, long range projects and papers are assigned to students so they develop the ability to budget time independently. Homework, including test preparation, extends to weekends. Letter grades are given in the upper school.
Grade Five: 60 minutes daily
Grade Six: 90 minutes daily
Grade Seven: 120 minutes daily
Grade Eight: 120 to 150 minutes daily
Students enrolled in the Prekindergarten and Kindergarten programs bring their own lunch. Snacks, juice and milk are provided by the school.Students enrolled in grades one through eight eat lunch in our cafe. In addition to the main entrée, the daily menu offers a healthy selection of foods, including: soup, sandwiches, bagels, salad bar, yogurt, and fresh fruit. The lunch fee is included in the tuition and charges and is not optional.
The process begins in the seventh grade when the full-time Director of Secondary School Counseling meets individually with families to create a preliminary list of schools. Students are encouraged to visit and apply to schools that best suit their individual interests and academic ability. Faculty proof-read applications, write personal recommendations and help students prepare for the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).
Counseling continues throughout the eighth grade year as families work closely with the Director of Secondary School Counseling to determine the most appropriate match for the student and family.
Additionally, each fall, Far Hills Country Day School hosts a secondary school fair for all upper school students at which over one hundred secondary schools are represented.
Our students matriculate to a variety of highly regarded secondary schools, including:
- Delbarton School
- Kent Place School
- The Pingry School
- Newark Academy
- Rutgers Preparatory School
- Oak Knoll School
- Gill St. Bernard's School
- Morristown Beard School
Others choose boarding schools, including:
- Choate Rosemary Hall
- Hotchkiss School
- St. George's School
- St. Paul's School
- Phillips Academy Andover
- Taft School
- Salisbury School
- Lawrenceville School
- Blair Academy
- St. Andrew's School
Some students elect to continue at area public high schools.
Families choose independent schools for a wide range of reasons. We believe Far Hills provides the very best education for children of both mind and heart. Far Hills instills a love of learning in our students that makes a difference and lasts a lifetime.
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is an excellent source of information for parents exploring the independent school option.