Few things have been left untouched by the global pandemic, including childhood education. With parents feeling uncertain about the ability of schools to adapt, som have adopted a wait-and-see approach to their children’s education for next year. But with kids feeling restless and isolated and parents struggling with the time commitment and stress involved in virtual learning, it’s time to find a school that will provide your family with a sense of connection and continuity, and deliver an exceptional academic program and transformative student experience. The Elisabeth Morrow School, an independent co-ed day school located in Englewood, N.J., is open for business and ready to welcome your family into theirs. But how do you know if the school is the right fit for you?
The Elisabeth Morrow School, for children age 2 through eighth grade, strives to be a place of learning, innovation, and inspiration for your child. When your child lands in a school that is the perfect fit for them, they find the confidence to take risks and try new things. They’re curious and open to exploring ideas and concepts. In short, they thrive. Each child is different, and the right educational route for one might not be the right path for another, even within the same family. But finding that place of security and comfort for your child is important. With the right support and inspiration, today’s young learners can become tomorrow’s curious scholars, ethical leaders, and global citizens.
At The Elisabeth Morrow School (EMS), the strength of the school’s pandemic response enabled them to resume the activities that enhance and augment kids’ learning before, during and after the school day. The school has safely delivered a full academic schedule to its students, including technology, the arts, and athletics and health, and provided experiences before and after classes that greatly contribute to the curriculum. EMS maintains the highest levels of health and safety precautions, meeting or exceeding all CDC guidelines, and is committed to updating their pandemic response as conditions evolve so they can make it possible for students to continue learning in-person, with full days, five days a week.
Kids longing to reconnect with the great outdoors will appreciate The Elisabeth Morrow School’s expansive campus with 14 wooded acres that have been designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Foundation. The campus features nature trails, community gardens, a pond, a brook, three playgrounds, working gardens, athletic facilities, and outdoor patios attached to many classrooms. Lucky EMS students have taken advantage of their unique, sprawling physical location and have been outside (weather permitting) every day, for both learning and recreation.
To see for yourself all that the school has to offer, EMS invites you to attend an in-person tour of the campus. These tours are held only on weekends, when school is not in session, and are only given to individual families to help maintain physical distance. Because tour availability is limited, families who have begun the application process are prioritized.
But what about those applications? Hasn’t the admissions cycle ended for the year? Not necessarily. Families are encouraged to contact the EMS Office of Enrollment to inquire about space availability by grade level. To adapt to the changing circumstances, EMS has moved to a rolling admissions model, but of course, the sooner you call, the better. One of the hallmarks of an independent school is the low student-to-faculty ratio, so any remaining spots will fill up fast. In the event that your child’s grade is full, it’s not too early to begin the application process for the 2022–2023 academic year.
If you’d like to experience the school before your child applies, consider sending your child to one of The Elisabeth Morrow School’s summer camps. Staffed by EMS faculty and leveraging the benefits of the campus and its resources, two EMS summer camps are currently accepting applications: Summer Explorations, for kids age 2 through ninth grade, offers innovative classes and activities in science, art, technology, drama, cooking, sports, and more, taught by a staff of experienced, certified educators who help students build upon existing skills, develop new interests, and gain confidence. The Summer String Festival, now in its 25th year, is a summer music program for young violin, viola, and cello students who are deeply engaged, experienced, and love music, taught by world-renowned musicians.
The Elisabeth Morrow School is an independent day school serving children, age 2 through eighth grade, from more than 55 communities throughout New Jersey and New York. The school is currently celebrating 90 years of exemplary academics and character development in a diverse and inclusive child-centered community, as set forth by the vision, innovation, and passion of founder Elisabeth Morrow nearly a century ago. Get to know EMS a bit better during one of their upcoming admissions events.
The Elisabeth Morrow School 435 Lydecker Street, Englewood 201.568.5566