The 2020 Local Private School Guide | Essex County Moms


We know that this school year isn’t what we thought it would be. We also know that your family’s needs and circumstances change, and what started off as your school year plan, may not work for you anymore. That’s why we’ve partnered up with our sister sites to bring you our curated list of the areas greatest private schools.

Whether you are looking for faith based education, preschool focused, all boys, all girls or co-ed – we have you covered with our 2020 Local Private School Guide!



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Delbarton is an independent Benedictine Catholic school in Morristown, NJ that educates young men in grades 7-12, challenging them to pursue excellence, to build character, and to develop leadership through service.

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Golda Och Academy is open for in-person and virtual learning. We nurture the unique potential of each student through our exceptional Jewish and general studies programs. Our students are engaged, encouraged, and inspired by our challenging dual curriculum and develop a love of learning and a deep commitment to Jewish Values.

Go to to learn more.

Oak Knoll Is Ready for Anything
Are you looking for a private school education that defies your expectations? Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (PK-12) in Summit, NJ, is ready for anything with on-campus and remote learning options to ensure every child feels safe and connected. Visit to learn more.

School of St. Elizabeth is the premier choice for private education in the Catholic tradition of excellence, offering full time, in-person instruction for Pre-K – 8th Grade. Their convenient Bernardsville campus is just minutes from Mendham, and boasts sparkling classrooms, advanced technology, and small class sizes designed for personalized instruction. As a Future-Ready and AdvancED-STEM Certified school, their expert faculty and rigorous, challenging curriculum enables students to achieve ahead of their peers and find success at even the most competitive high schools. Contact us today and find out why St. E’s is the ideal, affordable choice for parents looking for a faith-based environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity, encourages creativity, and fosters kindness and self-respect. | 908.766.0244 ext. 12 | [email protected]

The mission of Saint James School is to develop Christ-centered academic excellence in all of our students. At SJS, students are provided a safe, engaging, and fun learning environment where they are challenged to be their best and are supported academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Outstanding curriculum programs provide students with the necessary skills and tools to prepare for their future, and educate them in a life of virtue and service. We offer many opportunities to explore other interests through extra-curricular activities in the arts, sports, science and STEM, mathematics, and coding and robotics. Graduates of Saint James School matriculate to the most prestigious Catholic, private, and public high schools in the area.

The school is open for 5-full days of in-seat learning and provides a robust remote learning platform should parents so choose. Give your child the gift of Catholic education – contact Admissions Director, Mr. John Falcone, at 908-766-4774 to begin the enrollment process.

Come see what makes Villa Shine!

As a Catholic, college preparatory school in Morristown, NJ, Villa Walsh Academy prides itself on its education of strong young women, Grades 7-12, who are unafraid to stand on the values and principles that transcend time.

Our exceptionally dedicated teaching staff, combined with cutting-edge technology, service opportunities, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities, allow students to freely explore their individuality – mind, body and spirit.

At Villa Walsh Academy, we recognize that every student has her distinct talents which, with guidance and self-discovery, help create the leaders of tomorrow.

You are invited to learn more at


Montessori at its best! The Albrook School in Basking Ridge, NJ, is nestled on six beautiful acres with open, airy classrooms and several outdoor learning environments. The school serves students from toddler through sixth grade. As a private non-profit Montessori school, it is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is staffed by certified Montessori teachers. The Albrook School is dedicated to cultivating a learning environment where each student develops self-confidence, resilience, empathy and integrity resulting in respectful global citizens who work collaboratively and love to learn.

To schedule a private tour, contact Admissions at

Chatham Day School is a Preschool 2s–Grade 8 private co-educational day school that celebrates each child as a unique learner with extraordinary potential. Here, every student is known, celebrated, and valued. In our academically ambitious environment, success is defined by a love of learning, a commitment to personal growth, and hard work.

To schedule a private tour please visit Application fees are waived through December 31, 2020!

The Cottage School is a unique learning community that offers organic education to children ages 2 through 14. Our students develop a love of learning, free of pressure and sustained by a spirit of discovery at a pace that accompanies them. We use Positive Discipline and create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured.

We offer in person outdoor classes with small groups of students. Please use code MENDHAMMOMS for 10% off of the Spring Semester. 

Gill St. Bernard’s is an independent, college-preparatory day school serving over 580 prekindergarten through grade 12 students. Ensuring academic rigor with a rich curriculum, in tandem with providing an array of opportunities in the arts, athletics, service, and extracurricular activities, upholds the school’s commitment to balance and the overall health and well-being of all our students.

We invite you to discover more at

Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.

To learn more about Kent Place, come to one of our admission events. Visit to view our events and register to attend.

Mendham Country Day School, a co-educational private (PreK-8) day school, offers a highly academic program for all students. The school provides a strong traditional academic foundation, allowing students to work to their fullest potential rather than being held back by age or grade.

Mendham Country Day School, where your child’s future begins.

Your Application fee will be waived with code: MENDHAMMOMS

Morristown-Beard School is an independent, coeducational, private day school for grades 6-12.
We invite you to join us at a virtual information session and/or Q & A session to learn more about our student-centered philosophy, dedicated and innovative teachers, and supportive community.

Visit our website for dates and registration information.

Discover a school that nurtures joy, leadership, critical thinking, and virtues from age three to Grade 8. Take a personal tour or attend a small group open house at The Willow School and get a firsthand look at the school’s outdoor classrooms, virtues program, and joyful, hands-on learning found only at Willow!

Willow is offering a special application fee waiver for Mendham Moms Network readers who apply by December 1! Go to to request your waiver.

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