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.

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Are you looking for a school that will give your child a strong academic foundation? How about a learning community that fosters achievement as well as the character of its students? Or a faculty that approaches every lesson with the best interests of children in mind?

For more than 85 years, EMS has been a leading independent school for Threes to Eighth Grade, serving students from Bergen, Hudson and Rockland counties and New York City. In our experience, the best way to find an outstanding school for your child is to experience it and we provide so many opportunities to experience EMS! Explore our exemplary curriculum, learn about our distinctive 4C’s, visit our nurturing classrooms and see our innovative STEAM curriculum and nationally renowned music program in action.

Admissions for the 2019-2020 academic year is underway. We continue to accept applications for select grades for 2018-19 including mid-year transfers. Questions? Email admissions@elisabethmorrow.org or call:

201.568.5566 x 7212


Fast Facts

Tuition & Fees

Tuition by Grade: 2018-2019

Grade Level Tuition
Threes
8:45 – 11:30 AM
$16,600
Threes or Fours
8:45–2 PM MTW,
8:45 -11:30 AM Th, F
$21,400
Threes or Fours
8:45 – 2:00 PM
$23,100
Fours
8:45 – 3:15 PM
$25,100
Kindergarten
$28,300
Grades One and Two
$35,900
Grades Three and Four
$37,700
Grades Five through Eight
$39,500

Affording EMS

How Tuition Assistance is Awarded

EMS is committed to providing families with flexible payment options and tuition assistance. Admission and tuition assistance decisions are made independently of each other; tuition assistance is based solely on the family's financial resources.

The Tuition Assistance Committee will review all completed files, and approved tuition assistance will then be communicated to recipients with their enrollment contracts if their file is complete.

Our school uses a service called TADS which provides need-based tuition assistance analysis, including recommendation of what a family can reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from TADS is kept confidential.

See our Affording an EMS Education page for further details.

How to Apply

Application Information

The Office of Enrollment Management is accepting applications for some grades for the 2018-2019 academic year, as well as applications for all grades for the 2019-2020 academic year. See our How to Apply page for step-by-step instructions.

If you are an applicant who is reapplying from a previous year, please contact our offices via phone or email and speak with our staff before filling out an application. Your fee will be waived.

Middle School Applicants generally take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and have those scores submitted in order to complete an application to EMS. Other forms of standardized testing may be accepted as well, please inquire.

Young children may enter EMS with limited English Skills. In the fourth grade and above, we expect students to have the academic language to comprehend text, math problems, and understand the academic language associated with social studies (history) and science.

Candidates must be of qualifying age on or before October 1.

To start the application process, click here.


Visit Us!

Take a Tour

Tours of our beautiful, 14-acre wooded campus will begin in mid-September. EMS offers tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as select Fridays.

Sign up online or call the Admissions Office at 201.568.5566 x 7212 to schedule your visit.

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Upcoming Admissions Events

Get to know us better! EMS hosts a number of interactive and kid-friendly events, on our beautiful 14-acre campus and in your neighborhood!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Bring your two-year old to the EMS Campus for an hour long program featuring an age-appropriate STEAM activity and a fun musical sing-along with our early childhood teachers. This event will take place in Chilton House on the EMS campus. Advance registration is appreciated. Reserve your space!

Songs and STEAM for Twos will also be offered again on Sunday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

 

 

 

 

Fall Festival October 13, 2018 at EMSSATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 • 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Prospective EMS families are invited to join us for the annual Fall Festival and Information Session. This tradition will be a fun day for all — including games, music and other seasonal activities. Fall Festival is also a great opportunity to meet EMS families and administrators and enjoy our beautiful 14-acre wooded campus. Be sure to attend the Information Session, to learn more about our school. The session will be held in Innovation Alley, located in the Little School at 12:30 p.m. 

This event is FREE; all visiting families need to sign in at our Registration Table to be admitted. Please be sure to wear the ID bracelet we provide. The rain date is Sunday, October 14.  

 

EMS Give Back 2018 on Sunday, Nov. 4SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 • 11a.m. - 1p.m.

Now in its 4th year, EMS Gives Back is a fun-filled "spirit of giving" day and our way of saying thank you to the greater community for supporting the school for 86 years! Bring food donations of canned or boxed food for The Center for Food Action. Children can attend FREE workshops in the arts and nature. Enjoy a petting zoo, musical coffeehouses, face painting, balloon artists and performances by EMS' renowned orchestra and so much more.

Community groups will be available so attendees can find an organization where you may want to volunteer or join. Families are also invited to stay for the annual EMS book fair and cafe.  

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 • Beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Elisabeth Morrow School campusWe look forward to welcoming you to our Open House. Prospective students and families will have the opportunity to: 

The Open House will take place in Innovation Alley in our Little School building. Please plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 • 7:00-9:00 P.M. 

EMS is bringing its popular Admissions 101 program to Hudson's House of Play in West New York. This is a great opportunity for parents from River Road communities to meet EMS faculty and administrators and ask questions about the admissions process. Children will engage in a STEAM activity and free play. Advance registration is suggested to help us plan for this event. 

Find directions to Hudson's House of Play, here. 

 

 

 

 

 


Preschool Spotlight: Chilton House

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Chilton House is home to EMS' renowned early childhood education program. Learn more about our approach to the Threes and Fours by watching this brief video on Number Sense featuring Tricia Eickelberg, Director of Early Childhood programs. Applications for the Threes and Fours are still being accepted for Fall 2018!



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



admissions@elisabethmorrow.org
201.568.5566 x7212