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Notes for Prospective Students
Far Hills Country Day School (FHCDS) is a co-educational,
PreK-grade eight school for 440 students that is guided by a dual
mission to provide each child brilliant beginnings for success in
the modern world through academic excellence and character
The school is situated on 54 verdant acres that
include learning gardens, computer labs, media centers,
state-of-the-art performing arts center, large athletics center
including a climbing wall, outdoor fields, tennis courts, a ropes
challenge course, meadows, ponds, and woodlands.
FHCDS is dedicated to creating an educational experience that
fosters a genuine love of learning, collaboration, creativity and
an engagement with family, friends, and the local and global
The school develops young people who excel not
only in the academic world but also become extraordinary human
beings with a desire to contribute and make a difference in
In their journey from pre-kindergarten to grade eight, graduates
develop a keen balance of interpersonal and leadership skills with
the confidence and poise that will translate into their secondary
schools, colleges, jobs and throughout life.
teachers (over 80% of whom hold Masters degrees or higher) to
superior educational resources that include sophisticated
technology and state-of-the-art performing arts center, students
find a perfect balance of the mind and heart that encourages them
to understand their world and place in it.
FHCDS’ rigorous and traditional core curriculum provides a
solid foundation in reading, writing, math and science.
dedicated math specialist directs math curricula and a dedicated
language arts specialist directs reading curricula.
Additional subjects taught vary by grade.
Mandarin and Spanish instruction begin in pre-kindergarten.
In Upper School, Latin is mandatory and French is offered as
Community Service is integrated into the
curriculum at all grade levels.
All students participate in
physical education in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and in
the interscholastic athletics program in sixth through eighth
The athletic program includes basketball,
cross-country, cross-fit, fencing, field hockey, ice hockey,
lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball.
ERB Testing begins in third through eighth grade to benchmark
students’ academic progress against other independent school
As a result of their high test scores, many FHCDS
students qualify for the John Hopkins Gifted and Talented Youth
In fourth and seventh grade, the Writing Assessment
Program is used to provide a comprehensive and direct analysis of
students' writing ability benchmarked against other independent
Upper School Students also take the SSAT, a
standardized test used for secondary independent school
Character development is a hallmark of a FHCDS education and
includes public speaking, manners and comportment.
responsibility, honesty and leadership form the basis of the FHCDS
Honor Code, which students are encouraged to strive toward
throughout their lives.
In collaboration with Educational
Testing Service and the Elementary School’s Research
Collaborative, FHCDS is also part of a pilot assessment program
that measures essential skills for success in school and life.
Qualities measured include teamwork, creativity, ethics,
resilience, curiosity and time management.
Believing that children learn, communicate and affect the world in
different ways, FHCDS’ curriculum employs a variety of
teaching methods that include: small group instruction, hands-on
learning, enrichment groups, service learning, public speaking,
student partnerships, independent projects and class trips.
An academic learning lab is designed to differentiate
instruction in grades four through eight and help to customize
education for students.
FHCDS believes that the key to a student’s continued academic
success is to select a secondary school that is the proper fit for
A full-time Director of Secondary School
Counseling works with every family and student to help identify
interests, strengths, and goals, and to develop a list of schools
early during the eighth-grade year while serving as a guide and
advisor through the entire secondary school process.
Exclusive to FHCDS families, the school makes the secondary
school process a positive learning experience that helps students
develop important life skills such as reflexive writing, effective
test-taking strategies and interview skills.
For over 80
years FHCDS has consistently placed its students in the finest
boarding and day schools and students graduate with a solid
foundation to continue successfully building their academic career.