Ask Saddle River Day School Director of Admissions Geoffrey Bowman how he thinks of his students and it’s easy.

Innovators. Thinkers. Leaders.

The school “empowers students with the tools, space and encouragement to find their passions and thrive,” Bowman says. “The result? Graduates who own their future.”

SRDS, as it’s known, was founded in 1957. It teaches preschool through high school on a 280-acre campus with a Lower School (preschool to grade 4), a Middle School (5-8) and an Upper School (9-12).

Bowman says the school differentiates itself by balancing the familiarity of a small school with the programmatic slate of a big one. “Families love SRDS because of our rigorous academic program and because of our warm and caring community,” he adds. “We live our core values of Everyone Counts, Love of Learning and Intellectual Risk-Taking.” 

Not only was the school in-person last year—with plans for a safe return this fall—but SRDS even launched new initiatives including Gateway Diplomas, an honors diploma program for seniors; Capstone Research Project, a year-long effort for Middle School students; and a monthly entrepreneurship project for Lower School kids. Education here focuses on “cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset,” Bowman says, with the school’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offering Upper School students 2-4 year programs in Business and Entrepreneurship, Graphic Arts, Videography, Engineering, Psychology and Computer Science.

That’s in addition to SRDS’ more than 30 no-cut sports teams, clubs and musical groups—as well as other extracurricular activities. “Learning doesn’t end at 3 p.m.,” Bowman says. Not for innovative thinkers and leaders it doesn’t.

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