Waterside School

Waterside School is a co-educational JK-5th Grade independent school serving children and families regardless of limitations in income or circumstance.
The School attracts and inspires students of academic promise and families deeply invested in their children`s success.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationOther
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded2001
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students141 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Waterside School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(blue sweater, white collared shirt, khaki or blue pants/skirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,000
Tuition NotesPlease note that tuition is set on a sliding scale according to each family's ability to pay. The average tuition paid by a Waterside family is $1,900.00.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAundrea Tabbs-Smith
Admissions AssociateLauren Dupree


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Ice Hockey, Soccer, SwimmingBasketballIce Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Newspaper, Robotics Club, Science Club, Yoga, Zumba Fitness

Arts and Music Programs:
Ballet, Music Lessons, Theatre

School Notes

  • The Waterside School opened with twenty-seven students, a handful of teachers and an ambition bold and timely. Now spanning six grades, with one hundred and forty-one students and a teaching faculty of twenty-four, the School has grown larger, stronger and better.The dream of all that might be has become a working reality and the successes on every front have provided fitting testament to the worthiness and sustainability of the effort, the promise of the children served and the herculean efforts of all committed and involved.The School is blessed with visionary leadership, a socio-economically and culturally diverse student body, a talented and passionate teaching faculty, an involved parent body and the generous support of the greater community.In the culture that is Waterside, one both singular and inspiring, the promise of every child is respected and honored and all that are a part of the School are challenged to strive to the highest academic and personal standards.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • New Canaan
    Grades: NS-9 | 600 students
    6.9 miles
    635 Frogtown Road
    New Canaan, CT 06840
    (203) 972-0771
    6.9 NS-9
  • Stamford
    The Children's School
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-2 | 126 students
    6.2 miles
    118 Scofieldtown Rd
    Stamford, CT 06903
    (203) 329-8815
    6.2 PK-2
  • Stamford
    Grades: PK-5 | 82 students
    7.4 miles
    478 Erskine Road
    Stamford, CT 06903
    (203) 322-7693
    7.4 PK-5
  • Stamford
    Grades: NS-8 | 137 students
    5.6 miles
    1095 Riverbank Road
    Stamford, CT 06903
    (203) 595-9500
    5.6 NS-8
  • Fairfield
    Grades: NS-4 | 83 students
    17.5 miles
    148 Beach Road
    Fairfield, CT 06824
    (203) 254-8208
    17.5 NS-4

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The average private school tuition in Connecticut is $17,489 for elementary schools and $35,499 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Connecticut is 68% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).