Elisabeth Morrow School
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|The Elisabeth Morrow School|
|435 Lydecker Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
|Type||Coeducational Private school|
|Faculty||74.1 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||Age Three through Grade Eight|
|Enrollment||383 (plus 61 in PreK, as of 2009-10)|
|Student to teacher ratio||5.2:1|
The Elisabeth Morrow School is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Other memberships include The National Association of Independent Schools, The Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York, The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Parents League of New York, Early Steps, Educational Records Bureau and The Association of Independent School Admission Professionals.
The school was founded in 1930 by Elizabeth Morrow, daughter of Elizabeth Cutter Morrow and Constance Chilton, with an initial enrollment of forty students. Since the mid-1950s the school had expanded, enlarging its camps on the grounds of the Morrow Family estate to serve students from nursery through sixth grade.
In 2004-05, a new middle school was added, so that students can now complete their education through Grade Eight.
Today, the three-year-old classes through first grade class sizes range from 16 to 18 with two full-time teachers, plus specialists in music, art, science, physical education, computer and foreign language. Second through eighth grade classes range from 14 to 18 with one teacher and increased instruction by the above specialists.
The school's 14-acre (57,000 m2) campus encompasses three classroom buildings, two gymnasiums/performing arts center, three playgrounds, playing field and running brook. Facilities include three state-of-the-art science labs, technology labs, three libraries, two music, and two art studios as well as a middle school social space and ceramics studio.
Morrow House, the former Georgian home of the Morrow family, is now home to fifth through eighth graders. The Little School, built in 1939, is home to first through fourth graders, while nursery and kindergarteners learn and play in Chilton House, designed in 1970 especially with the needs of early childhood in mind. Fourth Grade was not connected to the Little School until 2005, when the admission rooms were moved. There is currently no cafeteria, although lunch services are provided.
Admission to the Elisabeth Morrow School is highly competitive. Students are drawn to the school from 50 nearby towns and represent a wide variety of national, religious, and racial backgrounds. The school welcomes families who consider education a priority, and students who have a high level of enthusiasm for learning and a concern for one another.
The school accepts applications for three-year-olds through seventh grade throughout the year, however, the admissions process must be complete by winter of the year prior to enrollment (see The Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York for the notification dates). A completed file will include the application, a parent questionnaire, teacher recommendation and school transcript as well as a parent interview and student class visit. All candidates for PK through grade 4 need to take the Early Childhood Admissions Assessment through Educational Records Bureau. Grades 5 though 7 need to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE).
The school encourages families with limited financial resources to apply for financial assistance.
- Robert A. Agresta (born 1983), council-president, Englewood Cliffs, NJ; attorney-at-law, venture capitalist
- Hope Davis (born 1964), actress
- Anna Dewdney (1965-2016), author and illustrator of children's books, including Llama Llama Red Pajama.
- Danny Forster, producer, television host, and architect
- Mira Sorvino (born 1967), actress
- Eric Maskin (born 1950), economist; Nobel laureate
- Lara Setrakian, reporter
- Larry Kudlow, reporter CNBC
- Karen O, lead singer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Elisabeth Morrow School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 27, 2012.
- Levin, Jay. "Anna Dewdney, children's author, illustrator of Llama Llama stories, dies at 50", The Record (Bergen County), September 7, 2016. Accessed September 7, 2016. "Dewdney, daughter of Winifred Luhrmann, also a writer, and Dr. George Luhrmann, a psychiatrist, attended the independent Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood."