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.
EMS is the gold standard in early childhood education

lifelong learning starts early at EMS

Full-day 3s and 4s at EMS is a step above many preschool programs. Our program instills a love of learning and equips children with the skills to be successful in school and beyond . Our exemplary preschool program features: 

  • Two highly qualified teachers for every classroom.
  • Engaged learning in math, language arts, social studies, science, music, art, physical education and visits to the library each day. Three and four year olds receive additional instruction in Spanish and our gardening program is led by experts from Rutgers University.
  • Proven curriculum that incorporates Sound in Motion for early literacy, Responsive Classroom, to promote better learning through academic and social-emotional activities and Handwriting Without Tears. 
  • Chilton House, an optimum learning environment with spacious, light-filled classrooms with adjoining outdoor spaces, gardens, a purpose-built playground, and dedicated library.
  • Vibrant community— as a threes -eighth grade school; our youngest learners reap all of the benefits and resources an independent school of our scope can provide.
  • More than 85 years of early childhood expertise; EMS sets the standard for other schools to follow.

Read "Chilton House: Serious Minds at Work" to learn more about our program. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Call 201.568.5566 x 7212 for further information.


Number Sense:  First Step to Mastering Math

Number Sense is an important developmental milestone that leads students to a deeper understanding of complex mathematical concepts and another way EMS delivers an exemplary early childhood education. Tricia Eickelberg, Director of Early Childhood programs explains EMS' approach to math in this short video.

How to Apply Fall 2019!

STEP 1: Visit our amazing 14-wooded acre campus!

We encourage parents to tour the campus and see our nature-filled 14 acre wooded campus. Sign up for a tour here. 

STEP 2: Start your online application

We are currently accepting applications for full-day 3s and 4s for  2019-2020.

If you are an applicant who is reapplying from a previous year, your fee will be waived.

You will be contacted by your special Admissions Team guide who will personally assist you through every phase of your admissions process.

Debbie Abitante is the guide for the threes through first grade and Laura Khutorsky is the guide for second through eighth grades. Nyafa McCloggan is your guide for making appointments and building your file. Kathleen Visconti, Director of Enrollment Management, will meet with all of you when you arrive to tour, and can answer all Financial Aid questions.

You are certainly free to call or email to see that the required documents have been received.

STEP 3: EMS Playgroup/Visit and Parent Interview

After the application has been submitted, the admissions office will contact you to arrange a classroom/playgroup visit. Parent interviews are optional and we are always happy to arrange a conversation with our division heads, faculty members or other families. Just let us know how we can help you!

STEP 4: Admissions Committee Review & Notification

A full listing of our required admissions appointment dates and our notification deadlines will be available in the fall.

Any applications completed after set dates will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please do not hesitate to call the admissions office at 201.568.5566 x7212 at any time to check on the status of your application. We are happy to help you and thank you for your interest in The Elisabeth Morrow School.

Contact Us

For more information regarding Admissions or to schedule your tour of The Elisabeth Morrow School, please contact:

Kathleen Visconti

Director of Enrollment Management

Laura Khutorsky

Associate Director of Admissions | Second-Eighth grade

Debra Abitante

Associate Director of Admissions | Threes through First grade

Nyafa McCloggan

Enrollment Management Coordinator
201.568.5566 x7212