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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Elisabeth Morrow School is currently accepting applications for all grades for the 2019-2020 school year.




Why Choose a Threes-Eighth Grade School?

  • Childhood is honored and protected. We understand that much is learned throughout childhood and so we don’t rush children through the next developmental milestones. Our students take on ever-increasing amounts of age-appropriate responsibility and academic challenge, while at the same time having no peer pressure to grow up too fast.
  • Passions are developed. We know that even the youngest children can have serious passions and pursuits and we support them. As our students enter eighth grade, they reflect upon their passions to help them select which school is the best fit for the next stage of their educational journey.
  • Leadership skills are built. From our early childhood students gaining a budding understanding of the 4 C's as a behavioral guide to our middle school students learning what leadership means and becoming role models to all, EMS students are well prepared with this key life skill.
  • A real focus on middle school. Early adolescence is a time of great upheaval for students and it's easy for these students to get lost between the little kids and the older teens in a larger school. At a school that ends in eighth grade, middle school students get the kind of institutional focus that they deserve.

What kind of student does well at The Elisabeth Morrow School?

The Admissions Committee selects students who display curiosity about life and learning, who can work both independently and cooperatively and who are respectful and considerate of others.

Is there support for students who may need it?

Our teachers are available to extend the curriculum for those who need further challenge and support those whose skills could benefit from added instruction.

Does the school provide transportation?

The Elisabeth Morrow School offers select transportation options for families in New York City and New Jersey. Through Rainbow Transportation, we give families the option of roundtrip or one-way transport. Our New York students also have the option of a late bus, which leaves our campus at 4:30 p.m., for after school or sports activities. Families truly enjoy the convenience of a late bus.

Our New York City routes (two buses) pick up door-to door from the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Washington Heights. We also offer the convenience of a common stop at 186th Street and Broadway, for families who live north of Cabrini Blvd, Inwood, Riverdale, and other areas beyond the usual route. Pick-up times begin at 6:30 a.m., with the last stop in New York at 7:30 a.m. (our common stop).   

We have two New Jersey routes offering door-to-door service to towns along the river. Families living in Fort Lee, Edgewater, Cliffside Park, North Bergen, West New York, and Guttenberg may use this bus service. Pick-up times range from 6:30-6:50 a.m. depending on location. 

We now offer a common stop in West New York at Sowing Seed School. Families may utilize this stop for a.m. pick-up or p.m. drop-off. After the children are dropped off, they may experience an after-school program until 7 PM. Sowing Seed is conveniently located across the street from the Port Imperial Ferry Station.

There is a monitor to support students and communicate with families on each of our routes. The driver’s main focus is operating the bus and transporting children safely. Each monitor uses the Glympse digital application to share the location of the bus via live map. 

Transportation costs are as follows:

New York one-way -$2925
New York roundtrip-$4495

New Jersey one-way-$2450
New Jersey roundtrip- $3750

Is there a lunch program?

Snack is provided by the School for all students. Families are asked to provide lunch for students in the threes and fours. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade may bring lunch from home or order through the lunch program . The pre-ordered lunches are delivered to the school each day.

How is security handled on campus?

Teachers and administrators greet students at all entrances each day, and all school doors are locked at all times by a controlled access security system. There is a receptionist at the front door of each building. Personnel will escort children as needed.

Is there a dress code?

We believe that a dress code emphasizing neat and conservative attire helps to focus students on their schoolwork and promotes considerate behavior. The dress code varies by grade level.

What is the class size?

Threes through kindergarten class sizes range from 14 to 18 on average with two full-time teachers in each classroom. First through fifth grade classes range from 16 to 18 on average with one homeroom teacher in each classroom. Sixth through eighth grade range from 16 to 18 on average and are fully departmentalized. Students in all grades go outside the classroom for subjects such as science, music, and physical education. The overall ratio of students to teachers is 7:1.

How much homework is assigned?

Students in the threes through kindergarten are not assigned homework. Reading with children is strongly encouraged.

Beginning in first grade, students are expected to complete homework assignments that are age-appropriate and that will help them to review and expand upon class work. The amount increases gradually from twenty minutes up to two hours in middle school

Where do students go after graduating from The Elisabeth Morrow School?

Students explore a range of school options with the support of the Secondary School Placement Coordinator. The process begins towards the end of seventh grade and continues throughout the eighth grade year. For a list of secondary schools our graduates attend, please click "Where Our Graduates Go" from the navigation column at left.

What Are the Expectations for Multilingual Students' English Proficiency?

We expect children to have the academic language to comprehend text, math problems, and understand the academic language associated with social studies (history) and science.

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

Debra Abitante

Associate Director of Admissions

Kelvin Ward

Associate Director of Admissions

Nyafa McCloggan

Enrollment Management Coordinator

201.568.5566 x7212