Whitby School

A look to the future tells us in no uncertain terms that our children will face a very different world in the coming years.
It calls on educators and parents to focus on developing students who are self-directed, innately curious and have the knowledge and confidence to find their way in the world.
At Whitby, we have taken this challenge head on and created an environment designed to develop rich minds.
With our innovative integration of Montessori and International Baccalaureate, we ready students with the world skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.
Every day we see in our school classrooms what international brain and education research has validated: that inquiry-based learning presented in a prepared and well-defined environment empowers children to become independent, confident and critical thinking adults.
Whitby School is an independent, coeducational private day school for students ages 18 months through eighth grade located only 45 minutes from New York City in Greenwich CT.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Independent Private Schools Association
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported English as an Additional Language
Year Founded 1958

Student Body

Total Students 448 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Whitby School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 86 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 18 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 18 / rolling
Tuition Notes $22,650–$37,550
Admissions Director Nadia Meier
Admissions Associate Megan Harris

Sports

Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, TennisBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountrySoccer,
SoftballTennis,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 27 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. 3D Printing, Architecture, Art, Band, Builders, Chess, Chorus, Creative writing, Dance, Drama, Engineering with LEGO, Golf, Hiking, Jewelry Making, Knitting, Math Club, Minecraft, Model UN, Mother Tongue, Photography, Private music instruction, Robotics, Rock Band, Scratch, Theater, Yoga, iMovie Filmmaking 3D Printing, Architecture, Art, Band, Builders, Chess, Chorus, Dance, Drama, Golf, Hiking, Jewelry Making, Knitting, Math Club, Minecraft, Model UN, Mother Tongue, Photography, Robotics, Rock Band, Scratch, Theater, Yoga, Creative writing,
Engineering with LEGO,
Private music instruction,
iMovie Filmmaking,

School Notes

  • Whitby is a co-educational independent school for students age 18 months through grade 8, located on an idyllic 25-acre campus in Greenwich. 
  • Premier Montessori early childhood program nurtures a child's natural curiosity for learning at a very early age.
  • With the world renowned International Baccalaureate Program, Whitby is an academically forward and challenging environment that inspires Lower and Middle School students to the highest levels of achievement. 
  • Whitby`s educational philosophy encourages students to engage in their own learning, discover meaningful connections across subjects and with the real world, and become fearless achievers. 
  • Our World Languages program introduces Spanish at age 18months and intensifies as our students progress, so that by Middle School graduation our students are speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.  Language instruction in French and Chinese are also offered.
  • Robust Athletics and Co-Curricular program built into the school day starting in 5th grade.
  • Our curriculum also incorporates a visual and performing arts, interscholastic sports, health instruction; counselor support, community service and global citizenship activities, and international travel for older students.
  • Comprehensive secondary school placement program focuses on best fit school selection, standardized test preparation and interview skills.
  • The results are that two-thirds of students qualify for the prestigious John Hopkins Talent Search. Graduates find success in both acceptance rates and achievement at highly competitive secondary schools, with 90 percent accepted at their first choice of high school. 
  • Whitby families and faculty come from over 40 countries and speak more than 23 languages to foster cross-cultural learning. This motivated community of parents, students, faculty and staff are part of an internationally-aware culture that nurtures students to be responsible, global citizens. 

Profile last updated: 02/01/2016

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School Reviews

We have had two children at Whitby from pre-k to 4th grade. We simply can not say enough about what an extraordinary school Whitby is. One of our children is a voracious learner who thrives with Whitby's practice of letting her continually advance. Our other child also loves the high volume learning, but needs more structure and support, and Whitby's great staff and teachers seamlessly offer that as well. Teaching is advancing as rapidly as everything else in our lives. We are so excited to be at a school where the leadership and teachers constantly study, learn and implement the best, proven teaching practices. All with tremendous love and care. This is an amazing place.
- Posted by Parent, 11/16/15
Whitby has always been known for its preschool and early elementary years excellence, but it is, in recent years- with its integration of the International Baccalaureate program and the recent arrival of the new Head of School (one of the leading educators in the IB world) -becoming a leader in upper elementary and middle school education in the Greenwich area. Our son, now in third grade, has been at Whitby since preschool and has experienced not only the best in academic teaching (tailored to his specific need for exceptional challenge in the classroom), but his teachers also have provided for him a warm environment that has led to extraordinary social development. The athletics program has undergone a complete overhaul in recent years, and we have been able to watch exceptional athletic team performances over the last several weeks. Any family that values an outstanding and challenging academic curriculum, emphasis on teamwork both on and off the field, and an unsurpassed welcoming sense of community should consider Whitby. It is well worth the investment!
- Posted by Parent, 10/27/12

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