Saddle River Day School

147 Chestnut Ridge Road
Saddle River, NJ 07458-0745
Tel: (201)327-4050
Grades: PK-12 | 357 students
"A school where students participate, not spectate..." Saddle River Day School is a vibrant Pre-K to Grade 12, co-ed, college-preparatory community filled with bright, motivated young people, instructed by a talented and dedicated faculty.
A 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio provides personalized instruction for every student in a challenging academic environment while embracing core values of responsibility, honesty, compassion and respect.
Strong performing/visual arts and competitive intersholastic athletics are offered.
Recent college acceptances include Boston College, Brown, Bucknell, Colgate, Cornell, Columbia, Haverford, The College of New Jersey, Tufts, Univ Michigan, U Penn, Vanderbilt, William & Mary just to name a few.
Come see why our students enjoy school!.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1957

Student Body

Total Students 357 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Saddle River Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 13 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1244
Average ACT score 27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(uniform in lower and middle schools; casual but appropriate dress code in upper school)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $36,500
Tuition Notes tuition varies between divisions -- the range is from $21,000 - 36,500; meals, technology, transportation fees all additional
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $18,249
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Gretchen Lee
Admissions Associate Kris Sweeny


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Annual Yearbook, Chamber Ensemble, Community Service, Cum Laude Society, Federal Reserve Challenge, Full Interscholastic Athletics, Jazz Band, Math League, Mimesis (annual student literary/art publication), Model U.N., Peer Leaders, Robotics, SRDS Admissions Ambassadors, Strong Graphic Arts, Strong Performing Arts, Strong Visual Arts, Student Newspaper, TED Ed Club, Unplugged Cafe, World Language Exchange Programs Jazz Band, Math League, Model U.N., Peer Leaders, Robotics, TED Ed Club, Unplugged Cafe, Annual Yearbook,
Chamber Ensemble,
Community Service,
Cum Laude Society,
Federal Reserve Challenge,
Full Interscholastic Athletics,
Mimesis (annual student literary/art publication),
SRDS Admissions Ambassadors,
Strong Graphic Arts,
Strong Performing Arts,
Strong Visual Arts,
Student Newspaper,
World Language Exchange Programs,

School Notes

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Profile last updated: 05/24/2016

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School Reviews

I couldn't agree more with the previous review. Saddle River Day School has changed SO much since the new Head of School Eileen Lambert is there. She is a strong and vibrant leader who is adding to both the physical plant as well as the academic program. The High School athletic program has even gotten much more competitive with Danny Brown the new Athletic Director now. The students coming in are students that would do well anywhere. If you haven't looked at their recent college acceptances, go on the website and check it out... great school that gives kids a chance to explore many other extra-curricular interests in addition to outstanding academics. My daughter is there in the High School and loves school every day.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
My son just started in the Upper School at SRDS and he loves it! He gets up every day and really enjoys going to school there. He's a strong student in Honors classes and is VERY challenged in his courses. And the school really allows students to be involved in SO many different things from athletics to arts (they even have a requirement in the arts). But the best part is that the kids get along so well no matter what they''re involved in. Even though the school is in Saddle River, the kids are very friendly and there aren't really cliques. My son is an athlete and we never would have considered sending him a few years ago because their athletics was so bad but that has totally changed with Danny Brown, the A.D. He is all about the kids, whether they''re athletic or not. Such a great place... if you haven't checked it out recently, you MUST go... facilities are gorgeous (brand new everything), technology is cutting edge now and academics are challenging. We couldn't be happier!
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
My daughter will be starting her second year at Saddle River Day Upper School. As parents we are beyond thrilled with the education and mentoring she receives on a daily basis. The environment is amazing and totally different from other high school education options in the Bergen County area. We reviewed other girl's high schools in the area and found that the positive environment at SRD and the fantastic academics could not be matched! The teachers and faculty are truly amazing. Classes are very small in size and students are pushed to their potential. The teacher's engage with the kids like mentors in corporations. Teacher are well prepared, happy and interesting but very demanding and the kids seem to love it. 100% satisfied we made the right choice for our child.
- Posted by Parent, 05/12/16
I currently am enrolled in the 10th grade at saddle river day and I love it!!!
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 07/24/15
Saddle River Day has definitely changed over the last few years! The new Head of School is fantastic and the school is becoming much more competitive academically. They are also growing in enrollment and the kids coming in are really strong students and well-rounded kids. I have a son there in the Middle School and he loves his teachers and his school. It is such a joy as a parent to wake up every morning and have him happy to go to school in a great enrivonment where teachers truly care about him as a person and where he is receiving an incredible education. We are so pleased and definitely made the right choice to send him there. I highly recommend the school to anyone looking for a smaller, very challenging yet balanced academic program. It is well worth the price.
- Posted by Parent, 01/19/12

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The average private school tuition in Bergen County, NJ is $8,716 for elementary schools and $17,323 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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