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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 141 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $27,000
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
141 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
Waterside School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
20 students
Classroom Dress Code
(blue sweater, white collared shirt, khaki or blue pants/skirt)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Please 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 Director
Aundrea Tabbs-Smith
Admissions Associate
Lauren Dupree


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 141 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $27,000
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Fairfield County, CT is $23,100 for elementary schools and $33,605 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Fairfield County, CT is 74% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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