The hallmarks of The Wardlaw+Hartridge School are academic rigor, athletics and visual and performing arts—and above all, how the school educates the whole child.

The school was founded in 1976 as a merger of two schools with roots tracing back to the late 1800s, and has evolved into a co-educational, college preparatory day school serving students in Pre-K through high school in three divisions.

The school’s small class sizes allow educators to make personal connections with each student. “We say that our teachers are ‘not the sage on the stage but the guide on the side,’ and we take immense pride that no student gets lost here,” says Director of Admission Gerard Gonnella. “Our students aren’t here to memorize facts—they’re here to engage in active learning.”

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is also proud of its 100 percent college matriculation rate, 35 athletic teams, 11 signature programs and a 1:7 teacher-student ratio, as well as the fact that students hail from all over the world.

“Our students know that when they sit down at the lunch table that they might be dining with kids from China, India or Singapore—and they appreciate working collaboratively with students who have different traditions and backgrounds,” he says. “We equip students with important skills like critical thinking and problem solving, as well as the ability to debate or accept criticism.”

The school’s state-of-the-art facilities include an indoor pool, fitness center, two artificial turf fields and performing arts center. Nearly all students regularly perform community service.

“We’re committed to teaching students to have the courage and character to shape the future of our world,” Gonnella says.

1295 Inman Ave., Edison