Established in 1948, Far Brook School is known for its progressive educational approach, integration of the arts, commitment to social justice and child-centered, supportive environment for students from preschool (age 3) through eighth grade.
FOUR PILLARS OF PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION
Far Brook believes in equity and justice, and is committed to maintaining a diverse school community that’s reflective of the world around us. The community is small, the curriculum is arts-infused and the tradition of experiential, theme-based learning has produced an impressive track record of high achievement by its graduates. Nature is woven into daily life, as students explore the verdant 9.5-acre campus, engaging in the wetlands habitat and outdoor classrooms.
“Our priority is to provide a supportive and inspiring environment to enrich each student’s childhood as they learn to question and contribute to the wider community,” says Head of School Amy Ziebarth.
Outstanding, highly credentialed teachers value each child’s curiosity and inspire wonder and academic discussion. Far Brook’s small size encourages connections between faculty and children; students become comfortable seeking out teachers, sharing constructive dialogue and participating in a truly unique learning experience.
FULLY IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES
Far Brook’s model strives to provide an education that extends beyond the classroom and engages children with the community. An emphasis on leadership, reflection and respect for others is fundamental to the development of confidence and character as students prepare to contribute to the world beyond their time at Far Brook. Students move on to top-ranked independent schools, boarding schools and local public high schools and, later, to renowned colleges and universities.
All students participate in world language, drama, music, choir, visual arts, athletics, dance and woodshop. This full participation allows students to collaborate, discover new strengths and learn to support one another. Discussions, teamwork and cross-grade partnerships create a respectful atmosphere of listening and caring for others. Older students gain perspective through immersive travel experiences.
“We have a great responsibility to our students as they prepare to make a difference in the world and engage as caring, global citizens,” Ziebarth says.
52 Great Hills Rd., Short Hills