Far Brook School

52 Great Hills Rd., Short Hills, NJ




  • Afterschool
  • Before Care
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten Enrichment
  • Kindergarten Enrichment (for 1/2 day programs)
  • Preschool
  • Primary

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Curiosity. Creativity. Childhood.

These are the hallmarks of a Far Brook education for a diverse student body of 260 children in nursery through grade 8, a journey designed to encourage questioning and careful observation of the world around them.

The mission is “to create a supportive and caring community that cherishes love of learning, creativity and individuality, and that provides teachers and students with both support and freedom to take risks in order to reach their full potential.”

Founded in 1948 on nine wooded acres by parents who believed in progressive education for their children, Far Brook provides experiential, inquiry-driven learning, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The child-centered, supportive culture allows children to express their ideas and honors their work.

All students participate in sports, art, music, drama, and singing. Sometimes this involves stepping outside their comfort zones, where they gain confidence and learn to lead. Service learning reinforces the importance of empathy and citizenship.

Last year during COVID, Far Brook was open for in-person learning, maintaining unique and enriching experiences. Safety protocols included masks, weekly COVID testing, upgraded ventilation systems, reconfigured classrooms for physical distancing, and expanded outdoor classrooms.

“Far Brook continues to deliver our extraordinary, progressive program, modeling a resilient and adaptive mindset,” Head of School Amy Ziebarth says. “We have a great responsibility to our students as they form early impressions and gain knowledge that will serve as the foundation for their engagement as caring, global citizens.”