The Elisabeth Morrow School is a co-educational country day school for students age two through grade eight.
Since 1930, EMS has graduated independent and critical thinkers through a comprehensive art, academic, athletic, music and social education.
Located on fourteen acres in Englewood, New Jersey, EMS offers nature trails, working gardens, three playgrounds and outdoor classroom patio spaces.
Campus is just 5 miles north of the George Washington Bridge and bus service is aviaible from NYC.
Libraries and makerspaces designed for exploration and creation with varied materials along with age-appropriate robotic building blocks and robots.
In-person and virtual tours as well as in-person and virtual events are avaiaible throughout the year.
Stay up-to-date with the latest EMS news.   Please contact the Admissions Office for more information at 201-568-5566 ext. 7212 or

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 388 students
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 12 / May. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Elisabeth Morrow School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
388 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
The Elisabeth Morrow School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
62 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
Classroom Dress Code
Students may decide on a daily basis whether to follow the Standard Dress Code or the casual EMS Team Dress Code, alternating as desired.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 12 / May. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes
$30,975-45,780 tuition range for Age Two through Grade Eight
Summer Program Cost Notes
The cost of a half-day program is $435 and the full-day program is $655 per week. Parents have the flexibility to choose the schedule that is right for their family but we strongly encourage you to pick two or more consecutive weeks to lessen transitions between groups. Early registration, sibling, multi-week discounts are available.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Caitlin Read
Admissions Associate
Debbie Abitante



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
43 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
ChemExpo at the Liberty Science Center, Coding Club, Community Service, Culinary Arts, Game Design, Leadership Symposium, MathCounts, Nature Photography, Pottery, Robotics Club, Student Ambassador Program, Technology Club, Writing club, yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Drawing and Painting, EMS Voices Choral Ensemble, Improvisational Acting, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Photography, Printmaking, Rock Band, Sculpture, Stage Band, Superchamber Orchestra, Theater Program, Website Design, Woodshop Sculpture, Write Around the Clock

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys Baseball, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, Co-ed Ice Hockey, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Softball, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, Ice Skating, Pilates, Yoga

School Notes

  • For 90 years, EMS has been a leading independent school, serving young students from Bergen, Hudson and Rockland counties and New York City. In our experience, the best way to find an outstanding school for your child is to experience it and we provide so many opportunities to experience EMS! Explore our exemplary curriculum, learn about our distinctive 4C`s, visit our nurturing classrooms and see our innovative STEAM curriculum and nationally renowned music program in action.
  • Let's Start a Conversation. Call us at 201.568.5566 x 7212 Email:
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
We are grateful to be part of such a vibrant, creative, supportive school community. Our son enjoys school and the challenges that they are given has made great friends and can grow up in a beautiful and supportive environment. Teachers challenge and support students as needed and work well with the parents to be able to provide the best experience for each child.
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The Elisabeth Morrow School builds a strong foundation for children. As an alum and current parent, I am so happy my children have the opportunity to be a part of this special school and community. The lessons and education I received at EMS have stayed with me through all endeavors in higher education, the workplace, and within my communities. I am so grateful my children have the opportunity to experience this school. There is no other school as special as EMS.
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Our child has been at EMS since Kindergarten. In that time we feel she has had an exceptional education from a very supportive and creative team of teachers and administrators. The community is diverse, inclusive and warm, and most importantly to us, she has been happy. Their music program is unlike any other and their support of the Arts has been a great joy in our child's world.
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The Elisabeth Morrow School has been amazing for my child and our entire family! Since the 3s program, they have encouraged her to be herself, helped us be better parents, and we've gained an amazing community of friends. I have always said that the teachers there know my child and I do. They work so closely with the children; they don't just show up for work. The academics are rigorous but achievable. Some private schools so demand that kids need tutors just to pass. The arts, music, technology, and other programs are beyond anything I've experienced at any other school. One thing I really like about EMS compared to other schools or even other communities is the importance of character building. This is not a private school full of rich, snotty kids and their nasty parents who let the nannies raise their children. It is a caring, inclusive environment that works to bring out the best in everyone.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 388 students
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 12 / May. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average acceptance rate in Bergen County, NJ is 79% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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