We have the privilege of being wardlaw parents for 3 years now and are very happy with our decision. The main factor that impresses us is the small class size of not more than 12 in a class ( a total school strength of 400) which lets the teachers really bond with the children over the year and know their strengths and weakness in order to provide a more customized education. Public speaking is taught and is an essential unit right from 2nd grade.Creative writing, technology, spanish are some of the other skills that they instill in an early learner. The standard of education in liberal arts and humanities can definitely not be compared with any public school curriculum. The teachers are highly educated, very experienced in the subject. The only big 'negative' that can be said about the school is the not so impressive college profile with many high school students not being selected in the Ivies. It also needs a much more stronger college counsellor board compared to its peers like pingry. The only factor that makes many parents stick to this school in spite of these issues is the more comfortable atmosphere that the school creates unlike the cut throat and cold Pingry school.
There are a few times in life when you are so very pleased with a decision you have made. Sending my daughter to the Wardlaw-Hartridge School is one of them. True, it is expensive but it has been worth every penny. Wardlaw is a place where my daughter prefers school to staying at home, takes Latin, enjoys chemistry, loves history, plays varsity soccer, receives peer tutoring, wants to be a peer leader in her senior year, sometimes makes the honor roll and sometimes doesn't. Wardlaw, for the past 12 years, has nurtured and noticed my daughter. Is it perfect? No, but neither are we.
My children have been attending Wardlaw-Hartridge for four years and have been in all three divisions (lower, middle and upper schools). Prior to enrolling our children at WH, we did extensive research with our children and made many comparisons with public and private schools While there are many wonderful schools in NJ, we came to see that not every school is a good fit for every child, but when we and the kids finally found WH it became clear that this school could meet each of our children s unique needs and challenge each to reach full potential. My children have been challenged academically in all three divisions and are really becoming critical thinkers/learners. The school really does a good job of integrating technology and curriculum in all subject ares with their focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) learning, but also in their humanities classes. WH is a strong, diverse, community which encourages kids to participate in all they have to offer -- in and out of the classroom. We couldn t be more pleased.
I live near by and I decided to put my kids in a private school when they are in 9th grade. I applied to lot off other private schools but I end up sending my kids to WHS, the curriculum is at a higher level then public high school. Very family oriented, it's small world. My kids and I are very happy.
We loved this school for so many years since first finding it in 1999. We still value many of the LS teachers and the memories of moving from grade to grade. It really was not until our older son entered the HS when it started to feel like the wheels were flying off the bus. When our younger son joined the school in 2006 it seemed like the demographics of the enrollment started to change as well and we were never able to make the same kind of connection we did the first time around with other families. Though our older son decided to stick it out until graduation we pulled our younger son out in 2011 (at the end of the second grade) when there were major changes happening at the LS. The science and technology special was removed from the program. Though I am still not sure what the total plan was to fill this gap I do know part of it was relying on a technology solution and, at that time, the school was hiring an IT director. On top of these changes the head of the LS itself was moving on. In summary we never felt comfortable that science would be as strong as it had been with so much change happening at the same time.
I don't have a child at Wardlaw but I was considering it at one point so I made inquiries. A public school official had his child at Wardlaw but took him out after 2 years and enrolled him in public school. He said academically Wardlaw was not up to par with the public school and that he was essentially paying $17k+ per year for atmosphere. It seems that parents who don't have anything to compare this school to think it's excellent.
Excellent school, my son goes there since Pre-K and we are very happy. Academic standards are excellent. Teachers are very dedicated. I have nothing but great comments about the school.
I took my children out of this school a few years back in search of something better. Coming out of the public system and into Wardlaw, I noticed that my children were not being challenged and there was NO difference between the public education that they were getting and this place. Once they went to another private school, I saw an difference in their work load and quality of education in what was taught to them. To me, Wardlaw is just an average regular school that just becomes selective based on how much some parents are willing to spend.
My girls go to Wardlaw for summer program, school has good teachers and the program they offer in summer is good. Most of the summer staff is great, experience is good as long as all goes well. However this summer my little one fell down at school and hurt her head and was in ER, we saw part of Wardlaw we might have not seen other wise. The School nurse was very rude and wanted to wash her hands off, I am left with all the paper work with the schools insurance company, previously we were told that school will take care of the paper work. First I got a email confirmation that all paper work has been taken care of then a week later I was informed of school process that needed to be followed that no one except the School nurse was aware of. The school nurse is really lazy and hence has a procedure in place that basically puts all the responsibility on the parents and removes any school involvement . After 2 years of my kids going to the summer program and was thinking about having my little join year round, now I don't plan on having my kids go there for summer next year. In public school there are rules, you are made aware of them up front there are no communication gaps.
The school is not worth the price at all. The school offers limited AP courses that aren't available to all students. There is no free transportation and the school ends very late. The class size is not small and many teachers are experienced but not dedicated. The college matriculation is horrible, less than 5% of students go to the ivy league. The school tries to incorporate technology into their curriculum but does not understand that all the students do with their laptops is play games. Needs serious changes and would be a last resort to go to!
My son and daughter have been in this school since 2003 and they love it. The academic standard has maintained at a high level. The school has a very friendly atmosphere and the teachers really do care. I agree with the criticism of the athletics program. A change in the leadership of that department is badly needed. Overall, we are very happy with most aspects of the school.
It's a great school. I went there and i really felt prepared for college. Since I graduated the school looks really better also. They made a lot of improvements. The sports are not better though. The new lady AD is a joke and the teams now play against really weak schools so they win more but the level is embarrassing.
I agree that the school provides an excellent learning environment. I'm a parent of an upper schooler and he loves the school. I also agree that the athletic department and the athletic director are a problem. The school needs to make a change there. Otherwise, it's a great school.
Having experienced a cooperative nursery school, Montessori, charter, and then our local township public school, I must say this is the best. This was our 1st year at an independent school. Excellent teachers, amazing courses, and my daughter loves the athletic program. We're now enrolling our younger one.
As a teacher at a public high school and parent of a student at Wardlaw High School, I must say the education that they get at WH is far better than any other school in the Middlesex County. The faculty is very dedicated and the teachers work hard to give the students a top notch education. There athletic director is the best I have ever met. And I have coached in public schools. She hires first class coaches and does not give in to complaing parents that try to manipulate the athletic program just because they pay to send their kid to private school. If you send your kid to the US they will end up going to and graduating from a great college. The investment is worth it.
As an upper school parent I feel like the level of caring from the faculty has dropped a little from what we experienced in Wardlaw-Hartridge's middle school. However, I still feel this school provides an excellent academic environment for our son. I wish the athletic program was more of a priority. The teams struggle and the Athletic Director is very weak.
I think the Wardlaw-Hartridge School is an excellent choice for education. Because of it's size, a student can't be 'invisible' or 'lost' in the system. This has impressed me very much--the level of attention that every student receives is extensive. The students are challenged academically and well prepared to move to the next grade when the time comes. I have spoken with students who have graduated and they say they were very well prepared for college. The students work hard. The music, art and athletic programs are excellent. The community is fantastic and very supportive of the students. I am very happy we made this choice for our child!!
This is our fourth year at Wardlaw-Hartridge. Our two children are in the lower school and are extremely happy. I cannot possibly say enough good things about the school and the truly dedicated, nurturing teachers we have come to know and love. The small environment fosters personal attention to each child, who grows not only academically but socially as well. The families are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met, and the bonds our children have formed with their friends are heartwarming. I cherish these years as our children become confident, independent, educated, well-rounded individuals with a strong sense of integrity and awareness of others. WH meets all of our children's needs and has exceeded our expectations of a private independent school. Our children never want to leave!
I have a daughter entering 2nd grade and a son entering Kindergarten and I couldnt be happier! Our kids are overly excited about going back to school. Wardalw Hartridge's environment is incredibly warm, loving, disciplined, nurturing and fun. The teachers work with each child to make sure they are in unity with the child's strengths as well as their weakness to bring them to a high level of learning. Wardlaw Hartridge from Faculty to Administrative staff are committed to the success of each child. It is a pleasure to leave my children at Wardlaw everyday and I trust they are safe and in a place where they are growing leaps and bounds. My drive is a long one everyday but it is well worth it! Attend an open house and you will immediately have a taste of what the school is about. You won't regret
I am a proud parent of a Wardlaw-Hartridge student. I am so happy with this school for my daughter. She is thriving here. She started in PreK3 and she will be entering Kindergarten in September. I love that academic program is incredible but, that there is equal focus on the arts. I have loved all of her teachers. I love the ration of children to teachers. I love the SERIOUS committment to diversity. I am amazed at some of these schools that claim to be committed to diversity and they don't have one person of color in their advertisements! Everyone here is appreciated and celebrated! WH is a wonderful place for my child to learn and to grow. She cannot wait to go back to school! She loves, loves, loves WH...and so do I!
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