Welcome to Far Hills

Pre-schooler holding art

Girl students laughing

Welcome from Rachel Yu,
Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Thank you for your interest in Far Hills. We are excited that you are considering a visit to our campus—we would love to meet you and your family. Far Hills has many things to offer, including many “hidden gems” of our culture and community. Below are just ten reasons we think you should schedule a visit to campus today.

  1. You’ll be greeted with a handshake and a smile by members of the community who are truly happy to see you. You might then learn the secret FH handshake.

  2. Children will be singing and making music—possibly with a balloon and a washer. (Our teachers love using STEAM in all parts of the curriculum.)

  3. Our Chef might give you a homemade, gluten-free snickerdoodle cookie that will knock your socks off! Our cafe staff know how to make healthy eating delicious and fun.

  4. An eighth-grader may engage you in discussion about the topic he or she is researching for their Eighth Grade Expo project. We think you’ll be most impressed with their research and presentation skills.

  5. A Preschooler student may ask you to play a part in a puppet show production. Creativity, and student-directed learning are always given priority in our Preschool program.

  6. You may see a robot walking down the hall...or notice students transported to space through VR headsets. Learning definitely looks different from when most of our parents were in school!

  7. If it’s a nice day, ask if you can take a walk in the woods. Did you know we have the only independent school Ropes Course in New Jersey?

  8. You might have the chance to chat in Spanish or Mandarin. Our students are always willing to show off their skills!

  9. A third grade student may show you the Butterfly Garden. Don’t be fooled! It’s more than a pretty space—FH is a certified Monarch Waystation, helping to conserve and protect the migration of monarch butterflies.

  10. We're sure you'll find yourself saying, “I wish school looked this way when I was a child” and “I know now what I want for my child.”

At Far Hills, we find ways to include both a formal mindfulness practice and informal mindfulness activities into our students' daily schedules. Most Lower School classrooms begin each day with a morning meeting. As part of that gathering, many classrooms do a quick breathing session to start the day off with a moment of peaceful reflection.  

Our Lower School lunch periods also end with a “mindful minute.” In Grades 1 and 2, the mindful minute is teacher-led and all of the students participate. Students in Grades 3 and 4 lead their own mindful minute. They are empowered to choose a favorite mindfulness practice and lead their peers.

Mindfulness practice is expanding in our Upper School as well and many teachers at Far Hills are beginning to practice mindfulness for themselves.

For tips and tricks on how you can practice mindfulness with your child, download the guide.

Far Hills families come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The commonality they share is a profound desire to provide their child with the best education possible in a thriving, welcoming and tight-knit community. They get that, and so much more, at Far Hills. "

—Rachel Yu, Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Meet the Director of Admission

Rachel Yu

Rachel Yu

Titles: Director of Admission and Financial Aid