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PK-12
Private
Greenwich, CT
Students enrolled: 375
 

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257 Stanwich Rd
Greenwich, CT 06830

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(203) 542-0000
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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
August 09, 2015
The Stanwich School is not just an excellent school, it's a special place for children and parents to experience top notch academics delivered in thoughtful and meaningful ways. Because it's more than an education, Stanwich delivers a well-rounded learning experience by also focusing on values and community. Honesty and integrity are just some of the values that are instilled in the students. Stanwich is a truly special place for families to experience. Our child attends the Lower School and his confidence and abilities have grown tremendously during the school year. His new thirst for knowledge has continued through the summer. The academics, administration, sense of community and attention to the students in the Lower School has accelerated his abilities and aptitude beyond our expectations. The Head of the Lower School, along with the teachers and administration should be commended for their dedication to the students because it's obvious in the results we've seen in our child as well as his classmates.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2015
As a Father, Community Member and a product of an independent school, I felt it my obligation to finally sit down and write a review. Two of my children attended Stanwich. It was a sad and disappointing experience. Both of my children are bright, academically Stanwich met their needs. It was not nurturing and there were children in their classes who had serious behavioral issues. Class sizes differed greatly, as did the ratio of boys to girls. After school programs were offered the day school started. Teachers for the most part were good. We felt the school itself was not well run, especially for our child in the Lower School. We did not feel the person in charge of the Lower School was genuine or hands on. We now are aware a few good teachers have left the school. We are fortunate our children were accepted at another school, however, the transcript process was frustrating. They were sent in late, almost a month and a half after the teachers had submitted them to the office. I can understand how it must feel to be handed paperwork for another school, however, it is the decision of the family where to send their child to school. I wish more thought had been put into why we didn't want to stay, rather than the numerous calls about how Stanwich was the right school for us, or the tuition they were losing. There was no genuine conversation, more of a sales pitch. Our community needs Stanwich, I do hope they are able to find a strong Head of School. It certainly has a lot of potential in a great community.

- submitted by a community member
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
May 28, 2015
Stanwich doesn't just "talk the talk" -- they walk the walk. Children are expected to do community service and to live by the Stanwich 7. Only school in the area like it.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2015
Since Stanwich abides by the Stanwich 7 (Judeo-Christian principles), the children are expected to act accordingly. Highly recommended if your child is a high achiever. Great teachers, very committed to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
May 28, 2015
Teachers are extremely effective at Stanwich because they are very invested in each child. The class sizes are small, therefore, the teachers get to know your child very well.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
May 28, 2015
Alot of homework, but then again, alot more is expected of our children in this day and age. Homework reviews what is taught in the classroom so it is on target.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
May 28, 2015
Stanwich prepares their children for the future. Academics are rigorous, but that's why the children come out with a solid education.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
May 28, 2015
Anything less than respect toward one another is not tolerated. Teachers are very involved if a student gets out of line.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
May 21, 2015
Academic rigor is a hallmark of the school, so persistence and determination are necessary traits to do well at the school. Good study skills and a respect for completed and well- prepared homework is shared by this whole community

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
May 21, 2015
Also part of the Stanwich 7 values. For whatever reason, this school also attracts kids with these qualities naturally, but the reinforcement of them are definitely a part of the Stanwich values program.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
May 21, 2015
This is a part of the school's mission, and is emphasized constantly. Stanwich 7 is constantly referenced throughout the school and during daily assemblies

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2015
Shocking to see the previous review, not because of its inaccuracies (which it has), but because a one-star sabotage rating of a school at which this parent most certainly saw a child grow in many ways, and at which the parent inevitably still has friends (and their kid(s) still have friends), is deplorable. The school is not perfect (no school is) but we love and are deeply grateful for everything Stanwich has done for our kids and remain fully committed to this special place.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2015
Disappointing experience. Head of School announced he was leaving in March, 2015. Two months before the end of the school term. Emails sent out by board they were searching for an interim head. Many head teachers after 8-10 years of service are leaving, with their children. Some key administration left in place under qualified for their positions. Should you be considering this school for a short term solution, please look closer. Financially it is necessary for this school to keep every student they have. Transcripts and assessments sent on behalf of your child may not be accurate. Facilities depressing, financials do not support the promise of new school being built. Met many talented teachers. Unfortunately the good ones leave as well as families. Hard to feel a sense of community when students, their families and teachers are coming and going, some mid-year. Some class sizes are too large, others too small. Have a daughter? Ask how many girls vs boys at this school. Conservatively, one could argue 3 times more boys. After 17 years, the school has a lot more growing ahead before meriting tuition as much or more as other established schools.

- submitted by a parent

January 01, 2015
We are Grandparents of a Stanwich Student. Even though we live out of State we are sent cards and school news. It makes us feel so connected, even though far away. Our Grandson has been there over five years, and will be graduating there as well. The public service and the excellent academic program, keep him completely engaged and challenged. Head of School Paul Geise and all the staff are amazing. We attended the STEM event this past fall, which we were able to meet and talk to Paul Geise, families and staff, made for a wonderful family day. We are very proud that our grandson attends and is part of The Stanwich School experience. Look forward to the STEM event next year!

- submitted by a community member

October 05, 2014
We've been at the school for over 4 years now, and my children and I couldn't be happier (ok- we'll be even happier when the school expands physically!) But truly a special place.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2014
Stanwich has heart! I have two children in Stanwich, one in IH and the other in JH. They both are thriving and loving the school. The quality of teaching is truly above par. Having the whole school on campus has been a remarkable transition to a school that is warm and caring. We chose Stanwich for it's values that it teaches to our children. A true asset to the schooling system in Greenwich.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2014
My son's teacher yelled and screamed her students all the time. It was such a traumatic experience for him. Also school thinks more about their business than their students. Lots of FAKE at the school.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2014
Our son has thrived at Stanwich for five years and can't wait for school to start next week. The academics are rigorous, which is why we selected Stanwich over all other private schools in Fairfield County (yes, we looked at ALL). We had high hopes for our neighborhood public school but transferred our son out after a disappointing few years. Stanwich teachers are excellent, always going above and beyond to help our academically-gifted son reach higher levels. And where he needed a boost, the teachers identified it, strategized with us and our son, and gave him the skills to address it. Stanwich is a perfect fit for our son in terms of academics, athletics, arts, social life and overall school environment.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2014
Really disappointing school. Doesn't follow its own values of the Stanwich Seven. Academics are a joke because the teachers don't teach and no one is leading the school. This is just a place for kids whose parents want them to be in a private school in Greenwich. The cost is definitely not worth it. Look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2013
Stanwich is the hidden gem of Greenwich. As a current parent, I am absolutely convinced that this school will be widely regarded as the standard of excellence in the region within the next decade. This is a school with heart and spirit and has a terrific staff that will test the limits of your child while addressing individual needs. My husband and I can't believe the dramatic strides our son has made in a short period of time and can honestly say that we found a great home for him. I can't fully express our joy to see his excitement in going to school every morning. I wouldn't consider anywhere else for our younger children.

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2013
I am thrilled with Stanwich. We moved from the UK with a 5 and 7 year old and this is the only school that was able to offer a comparable challenging education at this stage. Both children are thriving and being stretched. They have small classes and teachers that really seem to care and get to know this kids (admittedly not so hard in such small classes). The buildings aren't particularly pretty but the setting is stunning and there is lots of space to run around. My son thinks the biggest selling feature is the field trips.. that is nice but at the cost of US education I want learning and Stanwich has achieved that! we really couldn't be happier. And I have never written a school review before. As you can probably tell!

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2013
Come on. The only school from Greenwich recognized by JHU? Riiiight. Only high school in Greenwich with *secondary school placement* advisor. Enough said.

- submitted by a teacher

May 17, 2013
The Board of Trustees is committed to a PreK to 12 , coed, school in Greenwich. Johns Hopkins rated the best 10 schools in Connecticut and Stanwich was the only one on the list from Greenwich. The teachers are passionate about what they do and truly care about the students. My family could not be happier!

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2013
Stanwich is an outstanding school. My child is in his third year and absolutely loves it! Every afternoon he jumps in the car and can't wait to tell me about all of the wonderful things he has learned about or experienced during the day. We have had some of the most wonderful teachers who bring such a positive energy to the classroom and school. As a former teacher I am amazed by what is accomplished each and every day! We feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of this warm and welcoming community.

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2012
Fantastic school. Values-based education is special. I am a parent of multiple children at Stanwich and am extremely happy with the school. The faculty and administration are first-rate and really care for my kids and all of the other children at the school. The academic curriculum is comparable in rigor to what is offered at other private schools in the area and my children are really excelling thanks to the top-notch faculty. The values-based curriculum is not just something that is printed in the brochures but is integrated into every aspect of school life, which is what really makes Stanwich special. This uniqueness about Stanwich comes from the top and is radiated through the outstanding administration and teachers of the school. The school offers a compelling academic program and the extra-curricular programs and sports are all growing in strength every year. My children are very happy at Stanwich and I could not imagine them anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2012
Stanwich is an exceptional school that provides my children with excellent academics in a nurturing environment. Values are integrated not only into the curriculum but also into the daily interactions between students themselves and their teachers. The teachers took the time to get to know my children and embraced all aspects of them. I would highly recommend Stanwich.

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2012
No school is perfect but this school is excellent in so many ways. Wonderful teachers that know your children and go the extra mile to help each student achieve their best. 2 of my children are college age and have moved on, 1 is still at Stanwich. The older children always tell her, "you will never have teachers like you had at Stanwich". Yes the school has faced some significant problems and challenges but things are moving forward. That is a testament to its strength. As for the "Questions to Ask" comment, if you were really informed you would know that the school purchased the facility from the Synagogue last June - the deal is done and they have moved out. I think it is sad when a person needs to bash an institution that helps children thrive just because it has moved on without them.

- submitted by a parent

November 11, 2012
Questions to ask if considering this school: 1. What are the details on the agreement with the synagogue? What could impact the current plans? 2. How and when will they raise $100 million for the high school? 3. By grade, what % of students leave and are replaced by new students each year? 4. Ask about bullying.... 5. What turnover has occurred in the board of trustees and major financial donors in the last several years? Is it comparable to other schools? Make an informed decision.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2012
The Stanwich School is a rare gem. This is my eight year old's second year and I've been amazed to watch him blossom from a shy, unconfident learner to an academic risk taker. Before attending Stanwich, my son was so overlooked by teachers at his prior public school, he complained of stomach aches and cried each morning that he didn't want to go to school. From the first day at Stanwich, my son felt a warm reception and the nurturing support of the staff. He is in the most advanced math and english groups in his grade and absolutely loves his teachers and fellow classmates. My husband and I are impressed with the rigorous academics at Stanwich which are consistently outperforming their peers. The innovative programs are propelling the students of all grades into leadership roles within our community. This school may be young but it's staff is savvy and committed and it is an institution that breaths it's mission statement, "Be the best you can be, help others do their best, and help make God's world a better place."

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2012
Stanwich has been a wonderful place for my family. My children have received a top notch education and are surrounded by lovely children from nice families. They have some amazing teachers. We feel very fortunate to have this school in our area. I also must add that the school had a tough year last year. However, it is very clear that has been put behind us. Considering the school is only 14years old and has faced several obstacles(which by the way have to do with building the school and not the academics) it is an outstanding place. I always wonder about parents who leave a school they attended for a long time and then chose to bad mouth it. I will always be thankful for the confidence and education my children have received from Stanwich.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2012
My son is in his Freshman and 3rd year at Stanwich. Any parent knows the most difficult years in school are the Middle School age. I am truly grateful for how Stanwich managed those transition years by having caring, involved teachers. The smaller class sizes and individualized approach were a huge benefit and offered educational opportunities he would get no where else. The recent Head of School transition was handled very well with significant overlap and parent communication. The new Head has a great sense for the future of education and Stanwich.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2012
Stanwich educates a student's trifecta - mind, body and spirit. What more could a parent ask for? The academics are unparalleled, the athletics program is thriving with our new field, and the school's motto of "being our best and helping others be their best" is inspiring. We couldn't be happier with the school!

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2012
As an alum of Stanwich School now completing his senior year of college, I must say that the Stanwich School has been the most impressive and meaningful academic experience in my life. The academics are held at a very high standard and are of a higher quality than its local competitors. I have siblings still at Stanwich and everytime I hear about the school, they are constantly innovating and improving their academic courses for the students. Innovation and improvements are shockingly rare at schools that have been around for much longer. On top of that, the teachers are of the highest quality. They not only are tremendous educators but they foster a meaningful relationship with each student through advisory meetings, coaching, or interactions in the classroom. You honestly feel that the teachers are incredibly supportive and want you to succeed. In other schools, that is not the case and teachers in other institutions would sooner dismiss a student than aid them. On top of its impressive academics and faculty, the values taught in this school are a constant presence from Pre-K to the highschool. No other school truly instills good values and values that are respected by all.

- submitted by a community member

November 06, 2012
Our kids have attended the primary house, the intermediate house and the upper school at Stanwich. We have been especially impressed with the intermediate house and the upper school. The classes are small which means the kids get a lot of individual attention, and the teachers know each of the students well enough to encourage them to reach their full potential. In our experience, the teachers have been very good, the curriculum has been challenging and well thought out, and the other students at the school have been nice and very respectful of each other and the faculty. We have been very pleased with the education our children have received at Stanwich. We have also been very pleased with the values that Stanwich has helped instill in our kids -- to be the best they can be, to help others to be the best they can be, and to make the world a better place. We highly recommend Stanwich.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2012
My family was attracted to The Stanwich School given its mission, nurturing community and character education. It is hard to focus on these aspects in a wealthy community like Greenwich, but Stanwich has done a great job in balancing academics and values . The Stanwich kids are good kids, happy kids. One of the biggest assets are the faculty, they are outstanding and they know our kids through all the grades. The walls may not be attractive, but what we like is what's inside the walls. That is what is having the impact on our children. It is a very welcoming community and I highly recommend the school to any family that is looking for an outstanding independent school experience for their children and their family.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2012
Stanwich was shockingly bad.I do not know why or how the school stays open.Poor academics,very poor teachers,and the bullying is accepted.The school should be closed.It was a faulty,misguided decision to even begin the school.Please do not send a child of any year there.You will be doing them a disservice.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2012
Stanwich is a wonderful school. I have four children who have attended Stanwich for the past 5 years and each and every day they look forward to school. The academics are rigorous and the sports and coaching is top notch. THe new Head of School is one of the most caring and talented academics I have ever encountered. The best part of the school is the faculty which is absolutely phenomenal. I cannot imagine sending my children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2012
Our two children have attended The Stanwich School for the past 5 years and we have found the school to be wonderful. The staff is second to none and the academics have been rigorous and have pushed my children to achieve their fullest potential. The parent community is very warm and welcoming to new families and there are many opportunities for parent involvement. I also like the values curriculum which gives the students a strong inner moral compass by which to live their lives. I am shocked by the comments from April and May of 2012 because I know the school has a zero tolerance on bullying. It is a very exciting time at Stanwich since the school just purchased the land and are about to build a state of the art facility. My husband and I looked at all of the private schools in the area when we applied 5 years ago and our son was accepted into many of them but Stanwich was by far the best choice for our family. There is no school I could recommend more!

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2012
Stanwich is an amazing school. we have 2 children there and have been at the school for 5 years now. The environment is warm, caring, compassionate and there is a wonderful, contagious energy that runs through the school administration, faculty, parents and student body. This school facilitates a love of learning. Values are taught in class and by example. The academics are top-notch. My kids love going to school every year!

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2012
Stanwich offers a unique combination of rigorous academics and a values-based curriculum. Both of my children have attended Stanwich for six years and counting. The teachers are excellent and the new headmaster has injected fresh ideas and energy. My children have been both nurtured and challenged. Neither of them, in six years, has ever had a bad teacher, a bad class or even a bad day. Now that all 35 acres are owned by the school, it will strengthen and expand even further. The parent body is involved, accepting and down-to-earth. The school is a gem--an antidote to some of the 'excess' found in Fairfield County.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2012
My child attended this school and experienced bullying by other children and even a teacher! This is unacceptable. The academic were good but not great. Overall not a good experience.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2012
Overall, the academics are good, but there is one problem that exists at this school. There have been bullying incidents here, where not only the kids were bullying, but the TEACHERS were. Don't get me wrong- there are some wonderful teachers that have helped my child thrive, but my child has been bullied by some of the teachers, and that has seriously damaged her self confidence. I am rather disappointed. I though this would be a place for my child to learn and be happy. Bullying from kids is one things, but teachers? Not okay. This is why I pulled my child out.

- submitted by a parent

December 13, 2011
Our children joined Stanwich 3 years ago, and we have watched them 'mushroom' into confident, responsible and self motivated children through the expert guidance of their teachers.The small group teaching within the classroom allows each child to be challenged to their ability, with high expectations from their teachers. All faculty take their responsibilities of teaching very seriously, and show extreme dedication, caring and commitment to guiding the children not only academically, but also socially and ethically. The Stanwich values program and Stanwich Seven, are preached and practiced every day. My children love going to school each day, they have wonderful friends with warm, welcoming families. I can't imagine a better foundation for my children.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2011
Stanwich teachers have a close one-on -one relationship with each child, so students are apt to try harder and achieve higher goals. Perhaps this is why Stanwich's curriculum is approximately a year ahead of most public and private schools in the area, yet it certainly is not a pressure cooker environment. Students are taught to learn for the love of learning, which leaves the doors open for them to identify interests and passions - invaluable as they mature and enter higher learning environments in the future.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2010
This is a school that expects a great deal of its students, and makes a Herculean effort to include the parents as well in the school. There is a strong focus on the "whole child" - top-level academics, but also getting along with and helping others, and being aware of the world around you. It is a special place, and a transformative, positive experience for a child. The expectations are great, but the outcomes are as well.

- submitted by a parent
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April 03, 2010
The academics are challenging and the grading strict but fair (no grade inflation). I like the higher standards especially for subjects like handwriting, grammar, and personal ethics. It was a reputation for being full of nice kids and it s true.

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March 31, 2010
The academics are challanging and the grading stricit but fair (no grade inflation). I like the higher standards espeically for subjects like handwritting, grammer, and personal ethics. It was a reputation for being full of nice kids and its true.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2009
I found the quality of teachers at this school very disappointing. The Math and science departments were very weak and i felt that admin did not contact parents effectively.

- submitted by a parent

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The Stanwich School
257 Stanwich Rd, Greenwich, CT  06830
(203) 542-0000
Last modified The Stanwich School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Stanwich School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top