Chatham Day School

  • Chatham Day School is an independent, coeducational day school for 2.5 year olds through eighth grade students. Located on 15 beautiful acres in Chatham Township, CDS is a community of learners who believe that building character is just as important as building knowledge. The school benefits from a culturally diverse environment and promotes social and global awareness. Daily physical education and related arts classes complement the mathematics, English, science and history courses of study. Chatham Day School enrolls students from over thirty nearby communities, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, NJAIS, and is a member of NAIS.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1998

Student Body

Total Students171 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradeChatham Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khakis, collared shirts, and no denim.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31 / Sep. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,000
Tuition NotesTuition varies by grade. Income-based tuition is available.
Admissions DirectorKellen Kent


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
SoccerTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • An application, teacher recommendation, and transcripts from current and past schools are required.  We will then schedule an admission visit during a school day. Standarized testing is not required.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Denville
    St Mary's Prep
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 229 students
    9.6 miles
    Route 46
    Denville, NJ 07834
    9.6 PK-8
  • Morris Plains
    Grades: PK-8 | 66 students
    5.4 miles
    238 Speedwell Avenue
    Morris Plains, NJ 07950
    5.4 PK-8
  • New Providence
    Grades: PK-8 | 230 students
    3.7 miles
    99 South Street
    New Providence, NJ 07974
    3.7 PK-8
  • Plainfield
    Grades: PK-5 | 141 students
    9.5 miles
    401 Greenbrook Rd
    Plainfield, NJ 07063
    9.5 PK-5
  • Scotch Plains
    St Bartholomew Academy
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 224 students
    7.2 miles
    2032 Westfield Ave
    Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
    7.2 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
I have been a Chatham Day School parent for eight years. I feel incredibly lucky that my three daughters have been able to attend such an extraordinary school. The students are academically challenged, emotionally nurtured, respected, and valued. You couldn't ask for a better PS-8 environment for your children. It is a very special place.
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Our children have been at Chatham Day school for three years now and the one-on-one attention and customized learning is unparalleled. The kids are excelling thanks to the attention, support, care and concern they receive on a daily basis. They look forward to school each and every day!
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I have three children at Chatham Day School and am grateful every day that we found such a wonderful school for them. My children run into school every single day with a huge smile on their faces because they are loved, nurtured, challenged, engaged and inspired by absolutely amazing teachers.
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Our children are blossoming at CDS. They are academically challenged and nurtured in a very individualized way. Our 6th grader is learning leadership skills and participating on sports teams, and took a lead in the school play. Our 4th grader is learning wonderful math and science skills, and loves serving as a mentor to the younger grades. We are so grateful for this school.
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My children are so happy there. They are learning so much and they hardly realise it! Its a joy to see them grow in such a wonderful environment.
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The average private school tuition in New Jersey is $8,983 for elementary schools and $18,022 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New Jersey is 79% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).