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Hear from Young Alumni

How do you evaluate the quality of a school's education? By listening to its recent graduates and by its secondary school placement list. We're proud of our 85+ years of superlative placement, our successful students, and our impressive alumni.

I believe I am truly a product of Far Hills. My leadership qualities, confidence, abilities as a student, and my character all stem from the valuable lessons I learned at the school.
I was very prepared for secondary school coming out of Far Hills. I went to high school very confident in my abilities as a student and as a leader.
Coach Sansone taught me to never give up, always be confident, always respect the opponent and the officials, and most importantly, to always have fun. I still carry those valuable life lessons with me today.

Zach Brenner '12, Delbarton '16

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Life-long Impact

I am a firm believer that what children learn at a young age will stay with them for the rest of their lives. For me, the Pillars (Respect, Responsibility, Leadership, Honesty, and Kindess) handing in the Upper School really represent the core values taught at Far Hills.

Respect was something I really did not understand until I came to Far Hills. Even at a young age, teachers made clear to me that standing up when an adult walks into the room, or appluading when a preformance is finished are little signs of respect.

Being selfless and opening the door for someone may seem small, but it is an act of respect and good manners. These little things really add up and go a long way in life. I learned these lessons at Far Hills.

- Zach Brenner

Prepared for Secondary School

"I was very prepared for secondary school coming out of Far Hills. I went to hgh school very confident in my abilities as a student and as a leader."

- Zach Brenner

Student-Teacher Relationships

My fondest memories by far are the Adventure Trips where I built relationships with my teachers and classmates outside of the regular classroom. As a result, my friendships became stronger and I really started to understand how special a connection teachers and students have at Far Hills.

- Zach Brenner

Science teachers at Northfield Mount Hermon emphasize accurate lab reports...and I knew exactly what to do from day one.
Far Hills emphasizes oral presentations and speeches. I have come to be a powerful speaker.
Far Hills developed my empathy and made me more of an understanding person.

Tommaso Wagner '11, Northfield Mount Hermon '15, Colby College '19

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"The science program is appropriately challenging..."

"The science program is appropriately challenging and engaged my children at each grade, spurring them on to ask questions, explore more, and truly love science. From dissecting pumpkins in kindergarten to learning how to structure formal lab reports in upper school, my children were immersed in a rigorous yet fun program."

- Far Hills Parent

Public Speaking

Public speaking is an important part of the curriculum and is woven into all areas of school instruction. Students begin speaking with a microphone, in front of a group, as early as kindergarten. By the time they graduate from eighth grade, they will have addressed a formal audience more than 20 times.

Throughout the practice of public speaking, students become confident about what they believe and learn to articulate and defend their beliefs. In kindergarten, the atmosphere for public speaking is very supportive and informal. In the upper grades, the process becomes more formal, and the topics more complex.

More than book learning. Life Learning.

At Far Hills, we hold students accountable not only for academic excellence, but for the mastery of critical life skills that are the elements of lifelong achievement, happiness, and success. Students don’t just learn answers. They learn the courage to challenge them. They learn not only problem solving, but also the confidence to stand by their solutions. They don’t simply learn to play a musical composition, they are taught the self-esteem to stand up and perform. This is the balance that defines Far Hills—and sets our students apart.

I came out with a very strong academic foundation. I was one of the few students who didn't struggle in the humanities program (at The Lawrenceville School.)
Far Hills is a very safe place, it gives students the comfort taking the first step in public speaking at a young age. At boarding school you have the ability and confidence you need already.
Far Hills generates self-awareness in all its graduates. You need to be aware of what you're doing when others are not looking. Far Hills instills this from a very young age.

Shannon McKinnon '11, Lawrenceville '15, Emory University '19

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Shaping Remarkable People

Our traditional, rigorous core curriculum in reading, writing, languages, math, and science is designed and taught by dedicated specialists. A variety of active, engaging, hands-on teaching methods are combined to provide intimate, individualized, level-specific education designed to unlock each child’s potential.

The true Far Hills difference lies in identifying and embracing every opportunity to integrate relevant, experiential, character-forming lessons into each classroom and social interaction. Apart from a strong focus on academic achievement, our Mission is to inspire resourcefulness, resilience, integrity, self-control, and myriad other invaluable traits that lay the foundation for lifelong success.

Life Learning

At Far Hills, we hold students accountable not only for academic excellence, but for the mastery of critical life skills that are the elements of lifelong achievement, happiness and success. Students don’t just learn answers. They learn the courage to challenge them. They learn not only problem solving, but also the confidence to stand by their solutions. They don’t simply learn to play a musical composition, they are taught the self-esteem to stand up and perform. This is the balance that defines Far Hills—and sets our students apart.

At Far Hills we teach, model, assess, develop, and hold students accountable for critical life skills -- from table manners to time management.

Social-Emotional Curriculum

Far Hills has an articulated Social-Emotional Learning curriculum (SEL) beginning in prekindergarten. Each year student understanding is developed, practiced, and scaffolded through all grades to graduation. The SEL program teaches thoughful action in problem solving through a custom model developed with school psychologlist, Steve Tobias.

I was ahead of most of my class (at Blair Academy) in terms of breaking down texts and writing essays. My English teacher really helped me think deeply about what I read.
What prepared me well for secondary school was the work ethic I learned. At Far Hills you can't not do your homework and get away with it. I entered secondary school always on top of my homework. I knew exactly what to do in all of my classes and what I had to do for success each week.
Far Hills gave me a well-rounded, balanced foundation. It provided me a good sense of myself. It taught me to never be content and to strive to do new things. At Blair I'm contstantly looking and seeking out new activities and clubs.

Oliver Durling '10, Blair '15, Duke University '19

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English

I didn't realize when I was learning it in English class, but diagramming sentences turned out to be incredibly helpful when I got into high school. It helped me understand grammar and become a better writer. It also helped me in French, my second language.

- FH Graduate

Life Skills

At Far Hills we teach, model, assess, develop, and hold students accountable for critical life skills -- from table manners to time management.

Balance

Far Hills taught me it's not all about getting good grades. That's part of it, but you need to know so much more like manners, respect, responsibility. I am still guided by the Five Pillars (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Leadership, and Kindness) and know they have shaped who I am today.

- FH Graduate