Whitby School

  • A look to the future tells us in no uncertain terms that our children will face a very different world in the coming years.
  • It calls on educators and parents to focus on developing students who are self-directed, innately curious and have the knowledge and confidence to find their way in the world.
  • At Whitby, we have taken this challenge head on and created an environment designed to develop rich minds.
  • With our innovative integration of Montessori and International Baccalaureate, we ready students with the world skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.
  • Every day we see in our school classrooms what international brain and education research has validated: that inquiry-based learning presented in a prepared and well-defined environment empowers children to become independent, confident and critical thinking adults.
  • Whitby School is an independent, coeducational private day school for students ages 18 months through eighth grade located only 45 minutes from New York City in Greenwich CT.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Independent Private Schools Association
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedEnglish as an Additional Language
Year Founded1958
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students432 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
16%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Whitby School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers86 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 18
Yearly Tuition Cost$23,000
Tuition Notes$22,650–$37,550
% on Financial Aid
10%
Admissions DirectorVerona Keating
Admissions AssociateDina Lunder

Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, TennisBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountrySoccer,
SoftballTennis,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.27 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Architecture, Art, Band, Chess, Chorus, Creative writing, Dance, Drama, Engineering with LEGO, Golf, Hiking, Photography, Yoga

Club or Organization:
3D Printing, Builders, iMovie Filmmaking, Jewelry Making, Knitting, Math Club, Minecraft, Model UN, Mother Tongue, Private music instruction, Robotics, Scratch, Theater

Arts and Music Programs:
Rock Band

School Notes

  • Whitby is a co-educational independent school for students age 18 months through grade 8, located on an idyllic 25-acre campus in Greenwich. 
  • Premier Montessori early childhood program nurtures a child's natural curiosity for learning at a very early age.
  • With the world renowned International Baccalaureate Program, Whitby is an academically forward and challenging environment that inspires Lower and Middle School students to the highest levels of achievement. 
  • Whitby`s educational philosophy encourages students to engage in their own learning, discover meaningful connections across subjects and with the real world, and become fearless achievers. 
  • Our World Languages program introduces Spanish at age 18months and intensifies as our students progress, so that by Middle School graduation our students are speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.  Language instruction in French and Chinese are also offered.
  • Robust Athletics and Co-Curricular program built into the school day starting in 5th grade.
  • Our curriculum also incorporates a visual and performing arts, interscholastic sports, health instruction; counselor support, community service and global citizenship activities, and international travel for older students.
  • Comprehensive secondary school placement program focuses on best fit school selection, standardized test preparation and interview skills.
  • The results are that two-thirds of students qualify for the prestigious John Hopkins Talent Search. Graduates find success in both acceptance rates and achievement at highly competitive secondary schools, with 90 percent accepted at their first choice of high school. 
  • Whitby families and faculty come from over 22 countries and speak more than 27 languages to foster cross-cultural learning. This motivated community of parents, students, faculty and staff are part of an internationally-aware culture that nurtures students to be responsible, global citizens. 
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Greenwich
    Grades: PK-9 | 864 students
    6.2 miles
    401 Old Church Rd
    Greenwich, CT 06830
    (203)863-5600
    6.2 PK-9
    864
  • Stamford
    Grades: NS-8 | 137 students
    3.5 miles
    1095 Riverbank Road
    Stamford, CT 06903
    (203)595-9500
    3.5 NS-8
    137
  • Greens Farms
    Grades: PK-12 | 713 students
    17.8 miles
    35 Beachside Avenue
    Greens Farms, CT 06838
    (203)256-7501
    17.8 PK-12
    713
  • New Canaan
    Grades: 5-12 | 581 students
    9.9 miles
    377 North Wilton Road
    New Canaan, CT 06840
    (203)801-4833
    9.9 5-12
    581
  • Greenwich
    Grades: PK-12 | 1006 students
    5.3 miles
    100 Maher Avenue
    Greenwich, CT 06830
    (203)625-5800
    5.3 PK-12
    1006

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (11 reviews)
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My child has been attending Whitby for 6 years and is performing above grade level in the areas of reading, word analysis, and math. He recently took the SCAT test as a high number of children attending Whitby are in the John's Hopkins Center of Talent Youth program. If you want your child to "love learning" send them to Whitby. The tuition you spend goes into the education of your child, not fancy facilities nor the high expenses required for running a high school. Children graduating from Whitby go on to not only attend high level high schools but sit as the highest performers within the programs. If you talk with admission advisors at other schools, they all rave about the children they get from Whitby. The parents here have a strong view of education and accelerated learning.
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Our daughter has had such an amazing experience at Whitby. The thoughtfulness of curriculum design for pre-K is evident and based on a really deep understanding of the skill and brain development. I love our engagement with the teachers, who offer us advice and techniques to reinforce at home that would not have occurred to me - things like storytelling without books to reinforce conceptual and abstract thinking. The multi-year classroom dynamic also creates a wonderful social opportunity for the young children to experience different roles - as a younger student, learning and following, and then as an older student, mentoring and building confidence. I think this really helps young children gain social flexibility and avoid being locked into a dynamic that can form too early. I think the individualized attention and academic tracking even from a very young age have been so helpful in building on early strengths and bolstering development areas. And the parent community is so welcoming - a diverse group of parents all focused on helping their children truly love learning.
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My family has been at Whitby in the past two years. We have one child in Stepping Stones and another in the Primary program. We absolutely love the school. Our kids are so engaged in learning and that translates into curiosity at home, and an ability to connect concepts at such a young age. My kids literally run into school every morning and come home telling us about singing Mandarin songs while playing instruments, how they learned pointillism, how they did historical recreations of famous books, etc. The teachers are world-class and we really feel this is the best education for our children. We also love the parent community as they are so open with so much to do to connect with our kids' school.
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Our family has been part of the Whitby School community for 9 years. We have a 6th grader, and a daughter who graduated last year and is now a freshman in high school. I could not more highly recommend the school. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school it attracts families from many different countries, culturally making it wonderfully diverse. The IB curriculum and inquiry-based learning platform makes me wish I had been educated that way myself! I have also embraced the advantages of a school that finishes in 8th grade. It afforded my daughter the opportunity to reflect on her strengths and the things that she valued most in her education. The experience she gained in the application process, standardized testing, and interviews will make the college application process so much easier! She was also able to pick the high school that was the best fit for her. The transition has been seamless, as she found the perfect school and was more than adequately prepared educationally and socially. Thank-you Whitby, and your exceptionally caring faculty and staff! :
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We have an eleven-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. They both have a passion for learning and they both LOVE spending their days at Whitby. We are grateful to be members of Whitby's learning community, a place where children have a strong voice and everyone is working together to get better.
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I wish I had gone to Whitby!I love how the school lets the students be children ,each with a unique perspective by creating space for them to express themselves , giving value to their opinions,encouraging them to ask questions and helping them nuture independance through responsibility.The continued education of the staff and teachers (and indeed the parents too!)under the steady leadership of the Head makes for an exciting,caring and dynamic learning environment.
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we are an expat family from Argentina. I have an 11, 7 and 4 yo children. I have been at Whitby for nearly a year now and I can say that it hasnt dissapointed me not even once. I am in love with the school. My three kids are thriving, learning whilst having fun, enjoying every minute they spend at school. Caring, motivating, stimulating, I wish all my 3 kids could spend as much time in this school as possible - no doubt its the best school they have attended.
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We are currently in our third year at Whitby and my children (pre-K and 1st grade) could not be happier. They love going to school! Their teachers over the years have nurtured them, each according to their individual needs and passions, and remain dear friends as they have moved on from year to year to other classrooms. The learning is fun, exciting and they are challenged to the best they can everyday. We as parents, could not be more pleased with our children's progress academically, socially and their love for their school community. We love it as well and have made dear friends for life. We are grateful that we found Whitby when we did and feel it is indeed a very special place.
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Whitby is a unique school where everyone has a place. It's small enough that everyone knows one another, but not so small where students can't find their niche. My children have thrived there for the last four years. While a day off is welcome, they don't complain about school and they truly enjoy their friends, teachers, and their learning. The school is innovative, but still requires a lot within each "core" curriculum. The lower school is more nurturing and appropriately so; the Upper School moves children towards further independence and the expectations are appropriately higher in that way. Children have easy access to teachers and student/teacher relationships are forged and problem solving is encouraged via the student (before the parent). I feel this is very important as our kids need greater independence and the ability to take on challenges. That said, for the few "consults" I've wanted, I have never had an issue contacting a teacher and getting feedback. I feel proud that my children focus on the work in it's entirety and not just "I got an A or B on an assignment." I feel the school always focuses in on rubric that covers their aptitude in multiple ways. Your student's idea may be bold and unique, but they are also taught that they have to consider the rubric (criteria) for an assignment in order to achieve at a higher level. I feel there is a helpful mix of both group and individual assignments and an acceptance of diversity and individual thinking and learning styles. I also feel they have an excellent mix of computer relate assignments, written work, and many speaking opportunities and opportunities that interface with a variety of students and faculty. Our school campus is warm and inviting and I feel its size helps foster the overall sense of community. I'm so glad we chose Whitby!
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We have had two children at Whitby from pre-k to 4th grade. We simply can not say enough about what an extraordinary school Whitby is. One of our children is a voracious learner who thrives with Whitby's practice of letting her continually advance. Our other child also loves the high volume learning, but needs more structure and support, and Whitby's great staff and teachers seamlessly offer that as well. Teaching is advancing as rapidly as everything else in our lives. We are so excited to be at a school where the leadership and teachers constantly study, learn and implement the best, proven teaching practices. All with tremendous love and care. This is an amazing place.
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Whitby has always been known for its preschool and early elementary years excellence, but it is, in recent years- with its integration of the International Baccalaureate program and the recent arrival of the new Head of School (one of the leading educators in the IB world) -becoming a leader in upper elementary and middle school education in the Greenwich area. Our son, now in third grade, has been at Whitby since preschool and has experienced not only the best in academic teaching (tailored to his specific need for exceptional challenge in the classroom), but his teachers also have provided for him a warm environment that has led to extraordinary social development. The athletics program has undergone a complete overhaul in recent years, and we have been able to watch exceptional athletic team performances over the last several weeks. Any family that values an outstanding and challenging academic curriculum, emphasis on teamwork both on and off the field, and an unsurpassed welcoming sense of community should consider Whitby. It is well worth the investment!
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