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.

For 89 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.

Get to know us by signing up for an admissions event or take a tour. Questions?  Email or call:

201.568.5566 x 7212

Fast Facts

Tuition & Fees

Tuition by Grade: 2019-2020

Grade Level Tuition
8:45 – 11:30 AM
Threes or Fours
8:45–2 :30 PM MTW,
8:45 -11:30 AM Th, F
Threes or Fours
8:45 – 2:30 PM
Kindergarten $29,500
Grades One and Two $37,400
Grades Three and Four $39,200
Grades Five through Eight $41,100

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 midyear applications for the current academic year, as well as applications for all grades for 2020-21. 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.




EMS 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.

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).

  • New York one-way -$2984
  • New York round trip-$4585


New Jersey Routes

Two New Jersey routes offer 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.

  • New Jersey one-way-$2499
  • New Jersey round trip- $3825

Visit Us!

Take a Tour

Tours of our beautiful, 14-acre wooded campus are offered 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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