The Wardlaw + Hartridge School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school that’s small by design. Founded in 1882, the school has a global community of 475 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, with an average class size of 14.

“Parents and students are attracted by our diversity,” says Gerard Gonnella, Director of Admission, Financial Aid and International Students.

Gonnella says that while the academics are rigorous, “it’s not a pressure cooker.”

“We teach kids to become self-advocates, but we are also there to support and care for them.”

At Wardlaw + Hartridge, teachers go the extra mile to make sure students are engaged, welcomed and included.

Gonnella says that the school was ahead of the curve in handling the coronavirus situation, and that faculty and staff worked diligently to ensure that distance learning was working for students. The school plans to reopen for in-person learning in the fall with all of the proper precautions in place to keep students and faculty safe. Technology will also be adapted so that even if some students need to stay home, they can still participate in what’s going on in the classroom.

Wardlaw + Hartridge boasts 100 percent college placement. “We have two college counselors to help students fine tune applications and essays,” says Gonnella. “Our advisory system is tremendous, with no more than 10 advisees to an advisor.”

That, along with athletics, performing arts and many other extracurricular activities makes the school a place where students have an opportunity to lead, in and out of the classroom.

“No one here is falling through the cracks,” says Gonnella. “We deliver a complete educational experience.”

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