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Expanding Minds, Building Character

At The Elisabeth Morrow School, children’s natural curiosity grows into a lifelong love of learning through our exemplary curriculum, featuring innovative programming in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM), a nationally renowned instrumental music program, social-emotional learning, and community-wide core values.

EARLY Learning

Young minds are the most formative

Lower School

Active problem solvers, creative thinkers, and innovative learners

Middle School

Partners in guiding their own education

Auxiliary Programs

The learning process extends beyond the school day

14 Acres of Learning & Growth Opportunities

EMS offers a unique environment no other area school can claim. Our child-centered and innovative academic programs take place across a sprawling campus, a certified wildlife habitat that provides our students with indoor and outdoor learning spaces only Elisabeth Morrow can offer.

Early Childhood programs are full for the 2021–2022 school year.

We are now accepting applications for the 2022–2023 school year.

PROGRAM Spotlight: CORE

The essence of who we are as a learning community is our commitment to developing the whole individual. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is not a curriculum at EMS — it is our school culture. Grounded in our commitment to developing healthy, well-balanced, and competent thinkers and leaders, our approach ensures that every student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. We call this program, which was developed here at EMS and is now in its fifth year, CORE SEL.

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ALUMNI Spotlight: patrick ewing jr.’96

EMS was the first place where I was really able to excel academically to my capabilities. I was an OK student before, but it was the first place where [teachers] were able to really understand how I learned and show me the right ways to be able to express myself. I was very knowledgeable; I just had to go about learning in a certain way. … I will forever be grateful for that because, if it weren’t for them, I don’t know if I would have been as successful academically as I was.”

teacher spotliGHt: Phoebe search

Meet Phoebe Search, the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Belonging at EMS. Search is committed to a life of service for all students and families, many of whom are navigating the world of private schools for the first time. She brings more than twenty years of independent school experience to her teaching as she guides the students through Cultural Competency, a course that explores the complexities of character, identity, and thriving in a diverse and inclusive society.

event spotlight: Fall festival

This annual tradition, hosted by the Parents Association, offers a day of outdoor fun for families and includes games, music, and seasonal activities. Fall Festival is also a great opportunity for prospective families to meet EMS families and administrators and enjoy our beautiful 14-acre wooded campus. We’ll share additional information about this event, which will be preceded by an open house, later in the month. Advanced registration will be required, and attendees must strictly follow our COVID-19 protocols.

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