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PK-8
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Greenwich, CT

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969 Lake Ave
Greenwich, CT 06831

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(203) 302-3900
(203) 869-2215
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October 12, 2014
In moving to the NYC area and needing a top notch IB rated school, this school was by far the best in the Tr-state area. We were surprised to find a limited number of options of internationally ranked schools in NY area, and concerned about keeping our kids on par with the IB system. Whitby not only is a school our kids are thriving in, it is a school in which we feel part of a wonderful community as parents. One can't compare it to other top Greenwich or NYC schools. In our view, it is in a category of its own. Progressive, setting up our kids to compete internationally, which the world is more becoming. Our kids are learning how to think for themselves and develop strong study behaviors. Things we either never learned or only encountered too late in our own generation. If you are a parent that wants the best for your children, this is the school of the future!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2014
Whitby has proven to be everything its claims to be. Our daughter goes to school with a smile and eager to get into her classroom to start the day with a new challenge or material. Teachers guide and facilitate providing the earliest opportunities for her to own her learning and each day she comes home with something she has completed. The teachers are the most friendly, nurturing and caring people I've yet to meet in education and the principal without fail is there everyday to meet and greet parents and students - he truly gets the human touch and connection. He is visible and leads this school from the very front. Whitby I believe is almost a fully enrolled school at all grade levels and I am glad my wife and I sought out this school when we did. At the end of the day she comes home with a smile about what's she achieved during the day and the stories attached to them. One of greatest things a parent can hope for is their child being happy going, during and at the end of school and each day she is.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2014
Whitby School has been exceptional for my daughter. The student teacher ratio is great. The teachers really understand my daughter's educational journey.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
I have two young boys (4 and 3) at Whitby. They love going to school and they are engaged in their learning. At the time of enrolling our boys in Whitby, my husband and I toured every local pre-school. The academics at Whitby are simply incomparable - many 3 yr olds can read and write, 4 yr olds are doing 1st grade math, all children receive instruction in Spanish. The beauty of Whitby is that a child's age will not hold them back. The teachers meet them where they are and keep them learning. Gifted children do not suffer the boredom they might face at other schools. Most importantly - children at Whitby learn how to navigate a world of varied sizes and abilities. Through the mixed age classrooms, older children learn patience when aiding their younger peers. Younger children learn how to emulate the good behavior of their older peers. And essentially - they all learn through these experiences that the world is a diverse place where differences ought to be respected.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
Whitby has been an amazing experience for my family. Not only does my daughter love going to school every day but my husband and I have met so many wonderful parents. We truly feel part of a community and are amazed by the teachers and their commitment to their students. We love the idea that they inspire the students to have a love for learning and empower them to learn and grow in so many different ways. Bravo Whitby!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
Quite simply, Whitby lives its mission. It inspires a passion for learning in each child through quality teaching and learning within the International Baccalaureate and Montessori programs. Whitby prepared our daughter for the High School of her choice and my other two children are cared for and challenged by thoughtful and reflective teachers in Whitby's Lower and Upper School. This really is a learning community and we as parents are invited to be active in the school and in our children's learning. My wife and I highly recommend Whitby to any parent either already in this area or relocating to this area.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
Whitby has been so good to our daughters. It is the perfect combination of academics, athletics and art. A diverse student and teacher body adds an international perspective to the education which is hard to find around this area. The IB offered at Whitby may seem hard to understand at the beginning but it creates well rounded students capable to tackle any high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
Whitby School prepares student to excel and go beyond learning in the classroom. The school embodies a close knit community with strong leadership and direction.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
I've been a parent at Whitby for 9 years and have 3 boys (age 3, grade 4 and 6). Whitby is at the cutting edge of technology, with a 1-1 laptop program starting grade 1, smart boards and white boards in all classrooms and a fabulous new design tech lab opened last year. My third grader was really excited to use one of the 3-day printers last year. My 6th grader started coding last year and is looking forward to bridge design this year. The Math Dept. is phenomenal, huge amount of differentiation given, there is no glass ceiling to learning, early intro. to Algebra. Whitby has really strengthened their Athletics program over the past 4 years, which as a mom of sporty boys is really important. A new Athletics facility will be ready for the 2014-15 school year. The Arts Program is impressive and last year's Upper School performance of Romeo and Juliet was outstanding. The community is very warm and welcoming and there is a very active Parents Association. Whitby students are out the box thinkers, confident, compassionate, life long learners. I am proud to be a Whitby parent and feel blessed to be able to afford my children such a wonderful educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2014
This school is horrible the principle has no leadership and is disrespectful to students and parents. The transition from Montessori to an IB school does not work at all. Any other school in the area will be a better place for your child.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2014
Whitby has been absolutely tremendous for my two children. Engaged and inspiring teachers, personal yet rigorous curriculum, and committed to raising kind, reflective, courageous, and motivated children. One month into summer break and my children are both asking when school starts again in the fall! About to enter year three of a new leadership tenure and I can't imagine how it could get any better. I especially appreciate the global perspective my kids get from being in class with so many students from other countries, and the regular communication I get as a parent. Seriously, I've learned to keep my mouth shut when talking to my friends about their kids' schools. I feel guilty listening to their concerns about unresponsive teachers, poor communication, and general achievement when I couldn't be happier. Schedule a tour and you'll see for yourself. Not really sure what the last review meant by the uniform. The uniform has been the same for the past four years. Some days I think I would prefer no uniform, but then again, my daughter goes through about four outfits a day on the weekend so a uniform definitely helps with morning decision making.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2014
Whitby has been absolutely tremendous for my two children. Engaged and inspiring teachers, personal yet rigorous curriculum, and committed to raising kind, reflective, courageous, and motivated children. One month into summer break and my children are both asking when school starts again in the fall! About to enter year three of a new leadership tenure and I can't imagine how it could get any better. I especially appreciate the global perspective my kids get from being in class with so many students from other countries, and the regular communication I get as a parent. Seriously, I've learned to keep my mouth shut when talking to my friends about their kids' schools. I feel guilty listening to their concerns about unresponsive teachers, poor communication, and general achievement when I couldn't be happier. Schedule a tour and you'll see for yourself. Not really sure what the last review meant by the uniform. The uniform has been the same for the past four years. Some days I think I would prefer no uniform, but then again, my daughter goes through about four outfits a day on the weekend so a uniform definitely helps with morning decision making.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
The Whitby school doesn't care for the children or the parents and the needs of the children. Many issues were brought to the teacher attention then escalated to the head master and nothing was addressed. There is no leadership at this school. The mother's decided to change the uniform mid year and all of the students had just bought new uniforms...

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
Exceptional school. Have been to several international schools, and this one rates among the best. Very pleased with new headmaster, children doing very well. When you can see teachers not only qualified but also enjoying their work, you know your children will get the best education.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
Whitby has been such a wonderful school for my children. They are so confident and self aware. Their math and reading skills are developing so strong. The Montessori and IB make for a wonderful pairing.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2012
Whitby has always been known for its preschool and early elementary years excellence, but it is, in recent years- with its integration of the International Baccalaureate program and the recent arrival of the new Head of School (one of the leading educators in the IB world) -becoming a leader in upper elementary and middle school education in the Greenwich area. Our son, now in third grade, has been at Whitby since preschool and has experienced not only the best in academic teaching (tailored to his specific need for exceptional challenge in the classroom), but his teachers also have provided for him a warm environment that has led to extraordinary social development. The athletics program has undergone a complete overhaul in recent years, and we have been able to watch exceptional athletic team performances over the last several weeks. Any family that values an outstanding and challenging academic curriculum, emphasis on teamwork both on and off the field, and an unsurpassed welcoming sense of community should consider Whitby. It is well worth the investment!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2012
Whitby is an excellent Montessori school with an IB International Baccalaureate) curriculum. It is set on 25 acres in the back country of Greenwich, Connecticut.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
So glad we found Whitby! A great place to learn. The kids love going to school each day!

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no rating September 28, 2010
Great individualized learning for kids, great teachers

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
Whitby is Unparalleled!! I am beyond ecstatic about the quality of education my 3 children are receiving. The teachers are amazingly enthusiastic about bringing out the best in each child. Children love to learn! Whitby taps into this as soon as they walk through its doors. The primary program is amazing. Many children start reading at 3 yrs old. The Montessori materials are so practical and sensible which makes learning easier and fun. The International Baccaleaurate certification is an immensely wonderful change to the curriculum, especially in the upper years. Besides fostering a strong 2nd language, Whitby is better preparing our children to think in boundless ways - No borders and no boxes. With inquiry based learning, our children are able to think outside of the box. Lastly, Whitby is extremely culturally diverse. Whitby embraces it and encourages everyone to learn about the different cultures represented at the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2010
My son has been a Whitby student for 4 years and it has been a wonderful experience!! The teachers are excellent, warm and nurturing. Unlike the 'union mentality' present at many public schools in the Fairchester area, they are there because of their love of teaching rather than a desire for early tenure and taxpayer-funded pensions. And believe me it shows!! The new headmaster had done a great job at focusing the school towards the future and now that it has received its authorization as an International Baccalaureate school, the quality that we have come to enjoy will only get better! In short, this a phenomenal place your children will want to go to day after day! It is a real gem amongst private schools!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
As a parent, I have found Whitby to surpass Brunswick in both education quality and child nurturing. Now with the International Bachelorette certification, I expect even better results !

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
I am a new Whitby parent this year with two children there and must say I have been very impressed by the quality of education and teachers at the school. The Montessori and International Baccalaureate curriculum has really gotten my kids excited about learning (and going to school each day!) I understand there was some administration issues a couple years back but I find them to be very experienced and open to parent feedback.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2010
I am a graduate of Whitby, now attending a top 20 University. I attended Whitby for 11 wonderful years. My parents were involved and invested in the school, even serving as members of the board. My time at Whitby taught me the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but it really taught me how to be a confident, competent, compassionate learner for life (perhaps the most important and useful thing I have ever learned in my life.) While Whitby does tend to go through periods of weak administration, this is no way compromises the teachers ability to teach or the students capability to learn (I survived one of the rockiest transitions in Whitby History.) I would highly recommend Whitby to any parent. Not only did Whitby grant me a great education, but Whitby also offered me a safe environment in which to learn, grow, and thrive in.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 08, 2009
As a parent of a new upper school student, I am very pleased with the quality of teachers. The core teachers (math, english, culture, science) are terrific, as are the advisors.

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March 15, 2008
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February 13, 2008
I am the parent of a student in Whitby's Primary Program. Although I have not always been happy with the administration and sometimes question just how traditionally 'Montessori' the school as a whole is, I cannot say enough about the quality of the teachers and the amazing freedom and individuality that is allowed even at this young age. The best thing about Whitby that we have seen so far is that children are not subjected to a rigid curriculum, either with respect to their age or their interests. I cannot imagine having our daughter attend any other school for kindergarten, first grade, etc. because she would have to backtrack from the direction she is headed already at Whitby. The primary program is truly incomparable.

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November 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2007
As a student from the 5th grade to the seventh grade (where I transferred to a healthier community) I have to say that Whitby has been in a steady slide down the drain. Since the departure of the head of the upper school, the loss of montesorii principals, and the administrations decline, Whitby's system of education has fallen into disrepair. On another unrelated topic, students are required to wear uniforms (not montesorri by a long shot) and students are pretty much allowed to show up whenever they want, weather at 8:30 in the moringing (the begining of school, or 1:30 in the afternoon, without any consequences for showing up late. Not only that, but Whitby's upper school has been decreasing in size, going from a seperate Middle School (7-8) Buildng with 40 Kids, to (before I left) a (7-8) class with 12 kids.

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2007
Whitby School is continuing to advance in areas that most private schools haven not. Installing an international curriculum will have many merits. My children are fully engaged in the learning process and have maintained a high level of excellence. The teachers make all the difference, the attention my children recieve from the child teacher ratio allows them to be fully attentative to each child's individual needs. The facilities are state of the art, with exceptional music and art programs, and the community spirit of the school is very strong. Overall, we are pleased with the school, the curriculum and the teachers. It is a superb school where the children are allowed to explore, learn, and be the best they can be! I would highly recommend the school to prospective families.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
I have be a parent at Whitby since 1993 and have seen great strides in the curriculum and outcomes of the children's performance. My daughter started at the school at age 2 and graduated 8th grade in 2005. She now goes to Deerfield Academy which is consistently rated in the top 3 of all boarding schools. My daughter not only excelled academically on all the standardized test (ERBs, SSATs, PSATs and the SATs) but she gained confidence in herself and developed into a respectful independent individual. Three cheers to Whitby; the Head of School and the faculty. The best kept secret in Greenwich CT.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
I have been a teacher at Whitby for the past four years, and I am also the parent of two children who are enrolled here. I chose this school because I wanted my children to be a part of this community. I also love the support that Whitby provides for its faculty and staff. There is on-site childcare, and the school funds Montessori training for its faculty. Whitby also offers a stipend to those who wish to pursue advanced degrees. What's more, the Children's House (ages 18 months to 6 years) has a low ratio of students per teacher in each classroom. Whitby can also boast that it has at least two Montessori-trained teachers in each classroom. Most Montessori schools have one certified head teacher and one or two untrained assistants. The standard of quality at Whitby is much higher than most independent Montessori schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
We have two children at Whitby, absolutely love the school, and plan to keep them here until 8th grade. There is no other school around that allows kids to learn with no ceiling on their level...as a result, there are many kindergartners reading and doing math at 3rd grade levels, etc. We have friends at all the other schools in the area, and believe there is no other school that comes close to inspiring the kids the way Whitby does. These kids love learning and develop incredible leadership qualities. The teachers are highly qualified and nurturing. The headmistress is very intelligent and has put the school on a more rigorous academic path. The board is very strong and the parent community very involved. There are always a few parents who are never happy, but this unsatisfaction tends to follow them to the other schools when they leave.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
After 6 tremendous yrs.at Whitby it saddens me to read of others' disappointment. We have experienced nothing other than superb academics, the utmost in kind, skilled and compassionate teaching and a respectfulness for self, others, community and nature that is eyeopening at any age. The school fosters a self confidence through this respect and lots of public speaking. I am astounded each year as I watch the 8th grd.graduates deliver their speaches with unsurpassed poise, confidence and pride. This is a school where children first and foremost thrive because they learn who they are, their individuality is respected and celebrated and as it happens the academics and teacher student ratio (1:7)are additionally excellent. What this school lacks in glossy athletic facilities, it makes up for in its character and its ability to inspire curiosity and passion and mutual respect in its students.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
We love Whitby! We've been here for two years and it's great! The teachers are wonderful! Our child is not even four, and she already started to read and write! Every year, the school is oversubscribed for its Pre-K and Kindergarten programs which are considered the best in the area. The school's board is committed to improving the school and mapping out its strategy. As part of this, the school has undertaken major renovation project creating new performance arts center, new library, and fully remodeled children's house to be completed by the beginning of fall 2007. Additionally, the school is exploring international baccalaureate degree program to prepare children for the global community.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
I have two children at the school and have been part of the Whitby community for almost 9 years. As with every independent school, Whitby has had its ups and downs, but it always perserveres because it has a determination to be the best school it can be. The dedicated faculty maintain high academic standards as well as provide a nurturing and motivating environment in which to learn to love learning. Unfortunately, many parents come here as a stepping stone to other schools and the truth is, we prepare our students so well, other schools are always delighted to receive our students. However, those that stay throught the 8th grade are the most well-adjusted, inquisitive, well-spoken, academically prepared individuals I have met. They go on to attend some of the best secondary and boarding schools in the country...Deerfield, Pomfret, etc.Parents are always welcomed to be involved.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2007
We have been at Whitby for 3 years and are also disappointed and also leaving. The great things about it are the curriculum is excellent and MOST of the teachers are loving and highly qualified. The negatives are that the administration is extremely poor. There have been some bad teachers and staff hired in our tenure there that have resulted in highly disruptive firings or quittings mid-year and, more importantly, a weak educational experience for some kids. There is tremendous pressure to give money as there is almost no endowment. The Board is weak and most members have no ability to run a school. Compared to other schools, there is a high rate of families leaving or applying out every year. The result is the school feels like its barely surviving.

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February 28, 2007
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no rating May 30, 2006
I have been impressed by the level of attention given to us in the admissions process - despite coming in off cycle. It is clear that the school is genuinely interested in the child.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
I am a student of almost 6 years at Whitby School. Whitby is an amazing place, and I plan to stay here through 8th grade. Coming from England, I was new to the country, and I felt very welcomed and embraced by the community. Whitby has a very strong sence of family. The teachers are wonderful, and the students who attend Whitby consider themselves truely lucky.

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2006
although we have only attended on year at whitby, i am disappointed. i wanted to be bowled over by the 'private school' opportunity and the montessouri program and i am deeply underwhelmed. the administration is not parent friendly and the 'in click' makes it very difficult to enjoy and sense of community. we are looking elsewhere for next year.

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September 09, 2003
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A recognized leader in education since 1958, Whitby's innovative blend of Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs provides students with the 21st century skills to thrive in today's dynamic world. Whitby's educational philosophy encourages students to ask questions and guides them to finding their own answers. Whitby students enthusiastically engage in learning, are inspired by their own discoveries and find there is no limit to what they can achieve.

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Whitby School
969 Lake Ave, Greenwich, CT  06831
(203) 302-3900
Last modified Whitby School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Whitby School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top