The Elisabeth Morrow School

  • 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.
  • Tours are provided by appointment on weekends and holidays and virutal admissions events are offered 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

School News

  • Celebrating 90 Years of The Elisabeth Morrow School - 11/20/2020 - Join us to celebrate 90 years of educational excellence. 
  • Project-Based Learning at EMS - 11/20/2020 - Project-Based Learning (PBL) at EMSProject-based learning (PBL) is an experience for students to become stewards with their own learning in trying to solve a real-world problem, challenge, or complex question. ...moreStudents are given time to explore, understand, and apply their knowledge for a given topic and showcase their learning to an appropriate audience. The essence of project-based learning is for students to learn by doing, where teachers are the guides and the students become the teachers. hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia/Language based mild LD
Year Founded1930
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students417 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade The Elisabeth Morrow School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers62 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(see website)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 8 / May. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes$25,900-42,745 tuition range for Age Two through Grade Eight
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$17,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCaitlin Read
Admissions AssociatePat Barry


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFencing,
Figure SkatingFreestyle Skiing,
GymnasticsIce Hockey,
Indoor SoccerLacrosse,
Martial ArtsSoccer,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.45 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
ChemExpo at the Liberty Science Center, Coding Club, Community Service, Culinary Arts, Game Design, Jewlery Making, Leadership Symposium, MathCounts, Nature Photography, Pottery, Robotics Club, Student Ambassador Program, Technology Club, Writing club, yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella Group, 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

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