The Elisabeth Morrow School’s shared purpose is to provide exemplary academics and character development in a diverse and inclusive child-centered community, inspiring students to become curious scholars, ethical leaders, and global citizens.

Core Values

In a child-centered environment, EMS cares deeply about...

  • Academic Excellence
  • Character Development
  • Community
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Passion for Learning

4 C's

The 4 C's follow the stages of a child's personal character development. The day begins with a simple act of courtesy - a handshake between a student and a teacher or administrator. This sets the tone for the consideration that will be shown in the classrooms, hallways and playgrounds. As the child grows, courtesy and consideration make possible the cooperation necessary for advanced learning. And finally, a child who truly embraces courtesy, consideration and cooperation becomes a young adult prepared to live a life of compassion.


Elisabeth Morrow, the daughter of Elizabeth Cutter Morrow and Dwight Morrow, financier and the Ambassador to Mexico, was passionate about the education of children. Throughout her adolescent years, she envisioned a school where students would develop academically, socially and ethically within a supportive environment. Upon completion of her education at Smith College and along with classmate Constance Chilton, Elisabeth's long-awaited dream of providing a quality education in early childhood became a reality in 1930. With smiles and outstretched hands, Elisabeth and Constance greeted 40 students at the doorstep of The Little School, located in a home on Linden Avenue in Englewood.

In 1936, the school moved into its new residence at 435 Lydecker Street in Englewood, the site of Elisabeth Morrow's childhood home. Since the relocation, the school has expanded to more than 400 children from three-years-old to eighth grade. Today, the school maintains a 14-acre campus with six buildings that include state-of-the-art technology labs, gymnasiums, science labs and libraries as well as an athletic field, nature trails, working gardens and playgrounds.