Saddle River Day School

Saddle River Day School Photo #1 - The iconic Main Hall houses the Lower School and Administrative Offices including the Head of School. Lower School classrooms include a state of the art Science lab, library and art studio.
Saddle River Day School Photo #2 - At SRDS, our definition of "success" is not just about winning, but competing with passion and taking pride in our accomplishments while developing important life skills along the way. The school offers 26 competitive JV & Varsity Upper and Middle School sports. Our job is to ensure that we remain vigilant in the pursuit of this definition of success.
Saddle River Day School Photo #3 - Students from PreK-12 enjoy a pristine campus located in Northern Bergen County, NJ. Each division is housed separately on the campus but cross-divisional activities are a regular occurrence at SRDS. A strong sense of community is a hallmark of the Saddle River Day experience for students and families alike.
Saddle River Day School Photo #4 - The Lower School curriculum for Grades Pre-K -- Grade 4 is designed to stimulate life-long curiosity and exploration by making learning an engaging process that enables the youngest generation of scholars to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and enduring understandings.
Saddle River Day School Photo #5 - Students learn advanced writing skills and become more globally aware through study of world languages and an internationally focused humanities curriculum. They use inquiry, laboratory settings, and real-world applications to further math and science skills and take risks in visual and performing arts. Students are engaged through the use of essential questions to contemplate and critically analyze the material presented.
Saddle River Day School Photo #6 - SRDS utilizes a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in the Middle & Upper divisions on a daily basis for use in academic classrooms. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) concepts are incorporated throughout each academic discipline alongside a robust technology program, including an IDEAS MakerSpace Lab, a video production studio and state of the art graphic arts studio for students
Saddle River Day School Photo #7 - Technology and computer skills are integrated into core lessons across the curriculum in all divisions with the goal of engaging students visually, cognitively, emotionally, socially and ethically in facets of the academic context. The technology program empowers students by giving them professional tools to use and creates numerous leadership and creative opportunities.
Saddle River Day School Photo #8 - The Arts thrive at SRDS! Students in all divisions participate in the performing or visual arts and are given opportunity for involvement beyond the walls of Saddle River Day School. Our students are recognized at the state and national levels for excellence in choral, instrumental and theater programs that showcase high level performance.
Saddle River Day School Photo #9 - SRDS practices collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based learning, designed to give students the best chance of success in their post-secondary education and careers. The opportunity to work directly with outside businesses in order to gain a better understanding of the skills required are key as we prepare our students for life beyond their formal education.
Saddle River Day School Photo #10 - SRDS graduates are well prepared for the rigors of college life and matriculate to some of the finest universities in the country including Barnard, Brown, Boston College, Colgate, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Haverford, Penn State, Syracuse, Tufts, Univ Chicago, Univ Michigan, Villanova and West Point just to name a few. Our students are our BEST asset !
"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 succeed!

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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
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1957

Student Body

Total Students347 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Saddle River Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers53 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Computer Science, Macroeconomics, World History
Average SAT score1262
Average ACT score28
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(uniform in lower and middle schools; casual but appropriate dress code in upper school)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$38,750
Tuition Notestuition varies between divisions -- the range is from $20,000 in Lower - 38,750 in Upper; meals, technology, transportation fees all additional
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$19,243
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorGeoffrey Bowman
Admissions AssociateKris Sweeny


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBasketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter TrackBasketballBowling,
Cross CountryFencing,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Full Interscholastic Athletics

Club or Organization:
Annual Yearbook, Community Service, Federal Reserve Challenge, Future Business Leaders of America Club, Math League, Mimesis (annual student literary/art publication), Model U.N., Peer Leaders, Robotics, SRDS Admissions Ambassadors, Student Newspaper, TED Ed Club, Videography, World Language Exchange Programs

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Band, Strong Graphic Arts, Strong Performing Arts, Strong Visual Arts, Unplugged Cafe

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
This school truly prepares your child for the next level of education. We could not be happier with our choice to send our children to Saddle River Day.
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Both my kids transferred from a very large public school to SRDS a small private college prep school. Both have them have flourished in this school. My son is the school's student president,captain of the basketball team, and has excelled in all his academics and has been taught how to manage his time and improve his study skills. He has also been placed in AP classes and the the classroom ratio of teacher to students are excellent as each student gets attention and not lost as in a bigger school. My daughter has excelled in all honor and AP classes and has made a strong circle of close friends as well. Both kids are well prepared for college both academically and socially.As parents we could not be happier with our kids academics and achievements in Saddle River Day School
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Saddle River is fantastic. I was more prepared than 95% of the students in the freshman class at George Washington University. I was in AP English and breezed through every class because AP History rivals any college course. The extras were my favorite. The trips to Broadway shows, using NYC, going to museums , Operas for Music. It opens your horizons to the arts. My senior year we had senior project which was basically a semester of full time coomunity service with presentation and thesis. It was a great way to encourage true giving back. The school is a home. It`s everything a private school should be. My younger cousins graduated in 2007. They really loved it as well. I could recommend it enough.
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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!
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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.
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I currently am enrolled in the 10th grade at saddle river day and I love it!!!
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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.
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