Top private school in NJ The Elisabeth Morrow School of Bergen County
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

for 85+ years, EMS has set the gold standard

for early childhood education

Our Threes and Fours program features:

  • Two highly qualified teachers for every classroom
  • Enriching curriculum including hands-on engagement 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.
  • Emphasis on all of the skills and abilities early learners need to develop to be successful in school — the EMS early childhood curriculum fosters intellectual, social and emotional growth.
  • Chilton House, a facility designed for preschoolers. It features spacious, light-filled classrooms with adjoining outdoor spaces, gardens, a purpose-built playground and dedicated library.
  • Early childhood at EMS is part of a Threes -Eighth Grade school; our youngest learners reap all of the benefits and resources an independent school of our scope can provide.

Read "Chilton House: Serious Minds at Work" to learn more about our program. We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Call 201.568.5566 x 7212 for further information.

Find the Best Preschool

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Find the Best Prechool for Your Child | Bergen County

Which preschool is best for your child? Stand-alone preschool? Daycare? Or an early childhood program that is part of a K-8 school? Each offer different qualities. Download our FREE guide, "Finding the Best Preschool for Your Child," by The Elisabeth Morrow School, to evaluate the effectiveness and quality of a preschool and determine if a learning community that spans threes to eighth grade is best suited to meet your child's strengths and needs. We will email it to you immediately.

Preschool Math at EMS

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

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How to Apply Fall 2018!

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

You have many opportunities to visit EMS!

Small group tours of our beautiful 14-acre campus are offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m., and select Fridays. Register for a tour date online to see engaged learning in action.

We also host many events open to families such as EMS Gives Back and may even be in your neighborhood. Check out the Admissions Calendar for further details.

STEP 2: Start your online application

Get started on your online application using the link below:

Apply Online*

If you are an applicant who is reapplying from a previous year, your fee will be waived. You are certainly welcome to call or email to see that the required documents have been received.

STEP 3: Provide Official Transcripts and Recommendations

Use the Transcript Request Form below to forward the most current transcripts and teacher recommendations from your child's current school to The Elisabeth Morrow School. The Admissions Committee also request Teacher Recommendations from your child's current school.

For very young applicants (If you do not receive written documentation of your child's progress from his/her current school throughout the year) please skip this portion of the application. We also accept the Common Form from any consortium.

Middle School applicants, students entering fifth through eighth grade, must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and have those scores submitted in order to complete an application.

STEP 4: EMS Playgroup/Visit and Parent Interview

After the application has been submitted, the Admissions Office will contact you to arrange a classroom/playgroup visit for your child. Parent interviews are optional, and we are always happy to arrange a meeting for you with our division heads, teachers or families. Just let us know how we can help you!

STEP 5: Admissions Committee Review & Notification

Any applications completed after set dates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We are here to help!

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. Thank you so much 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