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Far Hills Country Day School
PO Box 8   697 US Route 202  
Far Hills, New Jersey  07931  
Private/Independent School
Coed Day pre-k 8 300 students


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Employer Description
The research is in:  children thrive in an environment that builds their confidence as they learn how to learn.  At Far Hills Country Day School, we teach 21st century skills by guiding our students through meaningful educational experiences.  We deliver foundation skills and encourage exploration through project-based learning, problem solving, public speaking, global partnerships, ethics, collaboration and innovation, a rich world language program, and much more – all in a family-centered environment that celebrates the joys of childhood.  Research shows that children need this kind of environment and these skills and mindsets in order to flourish academically and personally in this changing world. 

Fast Facts
  • 444 students, prekindergarten through grade eight
  • 16 or fewer students in each class
  • 8:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 65% of our 75 teachers are pursuing or hold a master’s or higher degree
  • Over half of our teachers have more than 10 years teaching experience
  • $100,000 dedicated to professional development annually, including graduate school programs, workshops and seminars, and professional conferences for teachers
  • Academic program emphasizes the development and mastery of traditional foundation skills in reading, writing, and mathematics; our program also focuses on honing the skills and concepts increasingly essential in the 21st century, such as higher order thinking and global understanding.  We use well-researched best teaching practices, technology integration, and project-based learning to develop students who will thrive and lead in the 21st century. 
Student Activities
  • A range of fine and performing arts opportunities, including an annual art show, the upper school musical, forensics, talent assemblies, seasonal concerts, and instrumental music lessons
  • A variety of interscholastic athletic teams for students in grades six through eight, including soccer, field hockey, track and field, lacrosse, tennis, ice hockey, basketball, and volleyball; other athletic choices include yoga, fencing, and modern dance
  • All students engage in a school-sponsored service learning program
  • Our Award-winning Advisory program makes it possible for all upper school students to work directly with faculty advisors on strategies to strengthen skills and study habits, improve time management, and redirect attention and energy to foster positive self esteem and academic progress.
Secondary School Counseling
  • FHCDS employs a full-time Director of Secondary School Counseling to guide and counsel parents and their children as they prepare for this next step in their child's educational journey.
  • FHCDS hosts an annual secondary school fair for all upper school students at which over 150 secondary schools are represented.
  • Our students matriculate to a variety of highly regarded secondary schools. Some choose local independent schools including Delbarton School, Kent Place School, The Pingry School, Newark Academy, Rutgers Preparatory School, Oak Knoll School, Gill St. Bernard's School, and Morristown Beard School. Others choose among boarding schools including The Hotchkiss School, St. George's School, The Taft School, Salisbury School, The Lawrenceville School, Blair Academy, and St. Andrew's School. Some students elect to continue at area public schools such as Bernard's High School, Mendham High School and Ridge High School.
Campus and Facilities
  • 55-acre rural-suburban campus set on rolling hills and bordered by woods with nature trails
  • Mueller Upper School Wing completed in 1998; extensive renovations to entire school completed in 1999
  • Dining room expanded, library renovated, and new classrooms, office space, and student common area added in 2004
  • State-of-the-art computer media center with 20 computers; minimum of four computers per classroom, fully networked and Internet accessible
  • New Primary School wing housing Prekindergarten - Grade 2 opened in September 2006
  • New Athletic Center with two full courts and an adjacent fitness center opened in September 2008
Special Programs
  • After school care for all students beginning in prekindergarten youngers
  • Summer program for students through grade eight
  • An adventure program that includes outdoor experiences, ropes course challenges, and annual adventure trips for grades six through eight
  • The Music Conservatory offers afterschool music lessons by professional teachers to FHCDS students in all grades.
  • Our Adventure Course has eleven high elements and ten low elements.
  • Mandarin program for students in kindergarten through grade seven
  • Test prep and Latin for students in grades seven and eight
Financial Data
  • Tuition ranges from $13,500 for prekindergarten youngers to $29,335 for eighth graders
  • Annual Fund gifts constitute 6% of the annual operating budget
  • Students were awarded over $300,000 in financial assistance in 2008-2009

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