The hallmark of The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is the personal connection educators make with students; the school’s small class sizes ensure students have plenty of interaction with both their teachers and peers. 

“We like to say that our teachers are ‘not the sage on the stage but the guide on the side,’ as we’re committed to having our students develop their own research and critical thinking skills,” says Director of Admission Gerard Gonnella. “It’s not about memorizing information, it’s about collaborative, project-based learning and helping students develop a deep-seated knowledge and firm understanding of what’s being taught.” 

Established in 1976 as a merger of two schools with roots tracing back to the late 1800s, Wardlaw+Hartridge has evolved into a co-educational, college preparatory day school serving students in Pre-K through high school in three divisions. “We take immense pride that no student gets lost here,” Gonnella says. “Our smaller size makes it more like a family, where every student is engaged.” 

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is proud of its 100 percent college matriculation rate, 35 athletic teams representing Middle and Upper Schools, 11 signature programs and a 7:1 teacher-student ratio. Its state-of-the-art facilities include an indoor pool, fitness center, two artificial turf fields and a new performing arts center. Nearly all students regularly provide service within the community, from hosting coat and food drives to building houses with Habitat for Humanity. 

“We feel our vision statement says it all: we’re committed to teaching students to have the courage and character to shape the future of our world,” Gonnella says.

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