Far Hills Country Day School

  • At Far Hills, we hold students accountable not only for academic excellence, but also for the mastery of critical life skills that are the elements of lifelong achievement, happiness, and success.
  • Students don`t just learn answers. They learn the courage to challenge those answers.
  • They learn not only problem solving, but also the confidence to stand by their solutions.
  • They don`t simply learn to play a musical composition, they develop the self-esteem to stand up and perform.
  • This is the balance that defines Far Hills-and sets our students apart.

Top Placements

Far Hills Country Day School places among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other associations(s) for exceptional children
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1929
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers51 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$31,325
Tuition NotesPre-Kindergarten: $19,500 Kindergarten: $28,475 Grades 1-4: $31,325 Grades 5-8: $34,125
Admissions DirectorKevin Donnelly
Admissions AssociateRachel DeMaster


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and FieldBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFencing,
Field HockeyIce Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Collector's Items (Journalism), Service Learning, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Theater Programs

School Notes

  • Shaping remarkable students. Building remarkable people.
  • A Far Hills education offers a richer, deeper, more complete educational experience.
  • A solid, proven academic approach.
  • Dedicated specialists design and teach our curriculum in reading, writing, languages, math, and science. A variety of active, engaging, hands-on teaching methods are combined to provide intimate, individualized, level-specific education focused on unlocking each child`s potential.
  • More than book learning. Life learning.
  • Along with inspiring passion for academic achievement, our mission is to inspire resourcefulness, resilience, and integrity. Children learn both teamwork and self-reliance. They learn respect, and also the confidence to speak up. They learn both humility and pride.
  • Accountability is key.
  • Our students are not only measured by their academic performance but also by their application of the character-defining skills that differentiate the Far Hills approach to education. We place equal emphasis on both, and accountability for both is the foundation of our community, culture, and code of honor.
  • Far Hills rigor maximizes potential at each level.
  • As students develop and transition, they are equipped at each key point with the skills they need to move forward confidently, joyfully, and successfully. 
  • Prekindergarten
  • Effective education for this critical developmental time in a child`s life does not come purely in the form of worksheets and homework assignments. Carefully designed, research-proven learning based on intentional play at the lower levels assures preparedness, receptiveness, comfort, and success as each child moves forward.
  • Grades K-4
  • In the Lower School, we carefully, intentionally cultivate the genuine and lifelong love of learning. Students build strong fundamentals such as reading, writing, and math, blended with relevant life skills such as relationship building and social problem solving-coupled with an introduction to the concept of accountability.
  • Grades 5-8
  • As they embark on this time of young adulthood, students are prepared and eager, having built well-formed characters, strong personal values, knowledge, and skills. Upper School teachers then further build on this formidable framework to help each prepare for secondary school, continued leadership, and greater achievement.
  • The Far Hills DIFFERENCE can make a real difference in your child's future.
  • The balance of academic excellence, a nurturing environment, and a curriculum of empowering and character-defining life skills provides an advantage that your child can only get at Far Hills. Our graduates go on to attend the finest secondary schools, colleges, and universities, with a mastery of the life skills that will allow them to embrace opportunity and make the world their own. They leave Far Hills knowing how to think, not what to think. They are more than intellectually inspired, but are inspired to be passionate about their potential as achievers and leaders in anything they pursue-in academics, in the professional world, and in life.
Show me:
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Basking Ridge
    Grades: K-12 | 1129 students
    5.9 miles
    131 Martinsville Road
    Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
    5.9 K-12
  • Gladstone
    Grades: PK-8 | 108 students
    3.8 miles
    1150 Pottersville Road
    Gladstone, NJ 07934
    3.8 PK-8
  • Morristown
    The Red Oaks School
    The Red Oaks School Photo - Visit our booth at the Farmer's Market in Morristown held on Sundays throughout the summer and fall.
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-8 | 182 students
    10.4 miles
    21 Cutler Street
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    10.4 PK-8
  • Somerset
    Grades: NS-8 | 268 students
    13.2 miles
    152 Cedar Grove Lane
    Somerset, NJ 08873
    13.2 NS-8
  • Edison
    Grades: PK-12 | 458 students
    14.3 miles
    1295 Inman Ave
    Edison, NJ 08820
    14.3 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Upon researching numerous schools through New Jersey we chose Far Hills Country Day School for its balance between academics and character development. We feel the vision and values of Far Hills are in line with what we believe to be a truly well rounded education.We love seeing our children come home happy and excited. We love that our children's academic and emotional needs are individually met. Every teacher we have met has shown an exceptional sense of love for FH. They all take a lot of pride in how they contribute to making FH a great school.There is a feeling of belonging and unity at each of the many events. There is no concern of what grade your child is in, we are all in this together, striving to better our children.There is a joint effort with FHCDS and their families to continually improve upon the school. Staff, students, and families have a genuine love for the school.
- Posted by
Far Hills Country Day school has been an amazing place for our children during their elementary and middle school years. This school combines a strong academic curriculum with the social and emotional skills that allow each child to grow as an individual. Students learn about all aspects of life and leave the school on their way to becoming positive, productive members of our society. Teachers go above and beyond their normal call of duty to make sure every child is successful and moving in the right direction. Far Hills Country Day School is an amazing institution that benefits children starting at the age of 3 and continues their growth in all aspects of life through 8th grade.
- Posted by

Endorse Far Hills Country Day School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
This hub page lists over three dozen articles dealing with issues in high school such as academics and discipline.
Seemingly never-ending school shootings prompted me to find out whether private schools were safer than public schools. Some answers and opinions on the matter here.
We look at ways in which your small to medium-sized private school can use social media to make families past, present, and future aware of your school.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in New Jersey is $8,913 for elementary schools and $18,048 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).