Chatham Day School

  • The moment you enter through our doors, you will feel the magic of our school community.
  • Here, every student is known, celebrated and valued.  Within every CDS scholar lies the potential for greatness.

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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
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLanguage-based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1998

Student Body

Total Students158 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade Chatham 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
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khakis, collared shirts, and no denim.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31 / Sep. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$32,000
Tuition NotesTuition varies by grade. Income-based tuition is also available.
Admissions DirectorKellen Kent
Admissions AssociateSue Lark


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


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess, Yearbook

School Notes

  • The moment you enter through our doors, you will feel the magic of our school community. Here, every student is known, celebrated and valued. Within every CDS scholar lies the potential for greatness.
  • In our academically ambitious environment, success is defined by a love of learning, a commitment to personal growth, and hard work. This is a place where students are learning incredible things without the pressure that so often describes a rigorous curriculum. Teachers at CDS understand that hidden talents and skills need to be discovered and nurtured through meaningful relationships and inspiring lessons. It is our philosophy that no ambition is too lofty when we work together as a caring community of learners.
  • Our school is an independent, coeducational day school for Preschool 2s-Grade 8 students. The school boasts a culturally diverse environment and promotes both social and global awareness. Graduates of Chatham Day School have found great success at both boarding and local day schools, with the majority placing in advanced 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 and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. CDS is also a proud member of the National Association of Independent Schools.

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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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