Frequently Asked Questions

Lower school students


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age requirements for entering Far Hills?


Applicants must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1 of the year of entry.


Applicants be 5 years old by September 1 the year of entry.

Grades One Through Eight

The applicant's current grade level and achievement, as well as date of birth, are used to determine grade placement.

We adhere to the September 1 cutoff date unless there is significant evidence or reason to consider otherwise. We do so because appropriate social/emotional placement is more likely within set chronological limits. Appropriate social placement supports a student's confidence in taking the necessary risks involved in learning. At all grade levels, Far Hills Country Day School challenges students to achieve their greatest potential.

How long is the school day?

8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with options ranging from three to five half or full days a week. Half day dismissal is at 1:00 p.m.

Kindergarten and Grade One
8:15 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Grades Two–Four
8:15 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Grades Five–Eight
8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Students may be dropped off as early as 7:45 a.m. Prekindergarten through grade one students may wait in the Piazza, while students in grades two through five may wait in the Cafe under teacher supervision until 8:00 a.m. when they can go to their classrooms. An Extended Day program is available for students in PreK through Grade 8.