The Wardlaw+Hartridge School

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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 Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1882
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students458 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade The Wardlaw+Hartridge School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers65 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
Number of AP Courses19 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science, Economics Marco, English Literature, European History, French, History of Art, Latin: Vergil, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. Government and Politics, United States History
Average SAT score1340
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes16000 to 39500 depending upon grade
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorGerard R. Gonnella
Admissions AssociateDana Matthews
Endowment Size$3 million


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Admission Ambassadors, Club Awareness, Club Interact, Cum Laude Society, Digital Photography, Drama, Environmental Green, Extreme Sports, Gay Straight Alliance, Get to Steppin', Global Connections, Investment, Math League, Model UN, Peer Leadership, Public Speaking, School Newspaper, Science and Math Society, Spanish, Student Council, Taekwondo, W-H TV, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Wardlaw+Hartridge today is a school with an honored past that looks forward to a vital future. In some ways, we are not a typical independent school. We fly the flags of literally dozens of nations that represent the recent ancestry of our diverse student body. The student art that enlivens all of our hallways is rich with these multiple influences and traditions. We are committed to integrating technology, world languages and the arts into our liberal arts curriculum beginning with our youngest students. Our teachers routinely ask our students to pull ideas from multiple disciplines, and to express these ideas clearly in writing and in public speech. At the center of the school experience is a vital energy, the spark of connections between students and teachers as they explore the thinkers of the past and present, as they puzzle out how to express themselves on paper, on canvas or on the stage, and as they work together to form teams that call forth the best that each individual has to offer. Whether you are a prospective student or a graduate, you will find a place that will excite your imagination. If you are a parent, you will find a school that welcomes a strong partnership with you.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Somerset
    Grades: PK-12 | 640 students
    7.9 miles
    1345 Easton Ave
    Somerset, NJ 08873
    (732) 545-5600
    7.9 PK-12
  • Edison
     St Helena School
    St Helena School Photo - We are very proud of our students' talents!
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 244 students
    1.3 miles
    930 Grove Avenue
    Edison, NJ 08820
    (732) 549-6234
    1.3 PK-8
  • Basking Ridge
    Grades: K-12 | 1129 students
    10.1 miles
    131 Martinsville Road
    Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
    (908) 647-6419
    10.1 K-12
  • Somerset
    Grades: NS-8 | 268 students
    9.2 miles
    152 Cedar Grove Lane
    Somerset, NJ 08873
    (732) 356-5400
    9.2 NS-8
  • Princeton
    Grades: 6-12 | 630 students
    24 miles
    176 Edgerstoune Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609) 921-7600
    24 6-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
Wardlaw+Hartridge has been a terrific school for my kids. I still have one there and my older two graduated recently and are thriving in college. Attending Wardlaw+Hartridge taught my kids how to succeed in a diverse and global community. The older two showed up at college ready to persevere and overcome challenges. They are resilient, hard working, and learned great study and time management habits. I highly recommend Wardlaw+Hartridge.
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This is a great school in all aspects; exceptionally strong academics, exceptionally strong faculty and exceptionally nurturing environment. Music and arts programs are top notch. There is an abundance of sports activities, clubs and volunteering opportunities for students. No child is ever left behind!
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I have had two children at Wardlaw Hartridge for the past four years, one in the lower school and one in the upper school. I am amazed that a school with such a small class size can have so many offerings. The teachers are amazing and the facility is phenomenal. For my lower school child, he has PE 5 days per week (including swimming), takes a language, has art class and projects, and has music classes regularly. My upper school student has graduated and is incredibly well prepared to enter college. I highly recommend going for a visit - you will immediately feel the strong sense of community at Wardlaw Hartridge.
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amazing faculty, top notch education, one of a kind community. Our child is in his 10th year and we know we made the best choice!
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Making the decision of where to send my daughter for Kindergarten was one of the most important decisions that I ever had to make. I can say with the utmost confidence that I am truly happy with Wardlaw-Hartrdige. The school provided a very creative, warm and effective learning experience for my daughter. Additionally, the school provides a diverse and family atmosphere. The the older students often interact with the younger students. The administrators, teachers and facilities are all fantastic. The faculty are sincere. This experience is exactly what I want for my daughter.
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The Wardlaw Hartride School is a community for me. It fosters diverse friendships as well as academic integrity. The school allows for a supportive student body that is very integrated between grade and gender.
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Wardlaw-Hartridge is my second home. My family at Wardlaw is like no other. Wardlaw-Hartridge is such a nurturing place to send your child. After being visitor of the day, I knew that this was the place I wanted to spend the rest of my academic career. Teachers truly care about the students' success. Not only do the teachers care inside the classrooms, but coaches care as well. Coaches at Wardlaw do not solely focusing on winning, however the improvement of skill of the player. Not only does Wardlaw succeed academically and athletically, but it is diverse. My closest friends are of disparate ethnic and socio backgrounds. Wardlaw-Hartridge is welcoming to new families. Wardlaw-Hartridge is the best school on the planet.
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We have the privilege of being wardlaw parents for 3 years now and are very happy with our decision. Living in a neighborhood where the public schools are not that bad, it is a really difficult decision for parents to invest in a private school. The main factor that impresses us is the small class size of not more than 12 in a class ( a total school strength of 400) which lets the teachers really bond with the children over the year and know their strengths and weakness in order to provide a more customized education. The kids who need help in some classes are given extra help and the kids who are smarter are challenged more with optional activities and assignments and encouraged to be peer leaders for their friends and other classmates right from the elementary school. Public speaking is taught and is an essential unit right from 2nd grade.Creative writing, technology, spanish are some of the other skills that they instill in an early learner. The standard of education in liberal arts and humanities can definitely not be compared with any public school curriculum. The children are constantly encouraged to read, write and publish materials at every level. The curriculum and courses offered in middle and high school are highly comparable to the best private schools in the tristate area. The teachers are highly educated, very experienced in the subject and unlike the typical private school teacher who looks down upon the common "man", they are very friendly and easy to talk to. The only big ''negative'' that can be said about the school is the not so impressive college profile with many high school students not being selected in the Ivies. It also needs a much more stronger college counsellor board compared to its peers like Pingry, newark academy or Princeton day school even though their tuition are all almost the same. The only factor that makes many parents stick to this school in spite of these issues is the more comfortable atmosphere that the school creates unlike the cut throat and cold Pingry school. And yes, in my opinion, the '' atmosphere'' is very important too as children are more likely to perform their best where there are understanding teachers who appropriately challenge and guide them rather than a pressure cooker type environment.
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My husband and I are proud to be the parents of a Wardlaw Hartridge graduate. After the truly great education our daughter received at Wardlaw, she went on to Pace University and then to Veterinary Medical School. Today, we are the proud parents of an extremely intelligent, highly competent Veterinarian. Some of the best money we ever spent was sending our daughter to the Wardlaw Hartridge School. Very proud of the association.
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Our child has been a student in the lower school for four years. Wardlaw-Hartridge is excellent for nurturing and bringing out the best in each student. The school has a strong curriculum that helps each student develop a love for learning.
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The average private school tuition in New Jersey is $9,593 for elementary schools and $18,704 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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