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Saddle River Day School

Private | K-12 | 312 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $878,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,520.

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Posted October 13, 2014

My school will get me to a very good college:) I really like how my classes are very small ( 7 kids in one class) Hopefully one day they will be able to build more space on campus& enroll more kids

Posted April 1, 2014

Clearly the reviews referring to SRDS being concerned only with "loaded donors" and not instilling a rich, value-system in the student body is an extremely disgruntled parent (probably someone who didn't get their way about something). My husband and I have had children at the school for the past 15 years and I have never in my life seen a faculty or staff member there who did NOT care about the children... and those who did not meet expectations of the administration there were not renewed. No place is perfect nor is it realistic to expect that the school is going to be aware of every issue between students, but when they are, I have never seen them look the other way. And I dare anyone to step on that campus and say it is "average" after they have done so much work to update and beautify every corner over the last two years. My kids love their school and have gotten a first-class education, surrounded by people who care about them. I would highly recommend Saddle River Day School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2014

Very disappointed with this school. The mean-girls/boys culture here is taken as a norm. The management is essentially concerned with protecting their reputation and their loaded donors, rather than instilling a rich value-system in the student body. Teachers are average. Facilities are average in comparison to the public school system.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 26, 2014

Saddle River Day school is outstanding. Our biggest concern was the size of the school when we moved our child. That ends up being one of the things that sets SRDS apart from the rest. All the kids know and support each other. The school believes in educating the whole child and while academics are of great importance, who your child is as a person is equally valued. The teachers are innovate, involved and extremely dedicated to their students. They make themselves readily available to both students and parents alike. Parent involvement is welcome and encouraged at all levels. What an outstanding environment for any child to develop and flourish in. My only regret is that my children didn't start here in kindergarten!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 15, 2013

This school is totally sub par. The administration is fractured and head of school is aloof as they come. Information is not forth coming. Books are even hard to come by. Parents are told they will get used to it in 2 years. Until then be prepared to feel like an outsider. For a school of this size exclusion should be a four letter word, but that is certainly not the case in our experience. The atmosphere is almost incestuous. faculty and administrators listen, but never take you seriously. This is not an exclusive school. If you have the money they will take you. Biggest mistake we ever made. Parent involvement? We were told they don't want any because the parents are spending so much money to send their children there that they don't need any! This from the head of school herself.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 26, 2013

Great school, fabulous leadership, small classrooms affording individual attention by teachers, excellent resources and outstanding academics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2010

Saddle River Day School is an amazing school. With a dynamic new head at the helm, the school is developing a new image in the community. It is a very special place.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2010

Saddle River Day School is an excellent K-12 college-prep school where each student is challenged academically and prized for their contributions and individuality... a 'place where everybody knows your name'... 7 to 1 student/teacher ratio provides each student a personal relationship with teachers... excellent academics and high level of opportunity for participation in all areas of well-rounded human development including the arts and athletics...great place to grow and learn !!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2010

Saddle River Day School is an excellent school for the motivated learner! The curriculum is individualized so students are challenged as they develop a love of life-long learning. Once you step onto the campus, you feel the strong sense of community, the total commitment and passion for creating the idyllic learning environment. The strengths of SRDS include: Dedication to providing students with a strong educational experience Small class sizes Individualized and personal learning experiences Strong art, performing arts, and languages departments Countless teachers who are passionate to be in the classroom and who are committed to helping students excel If you value a strong education and want a personalized experience, then Saddle River Day School is the place for you!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2009

I did not want to send my kids to this school. I went under protest to the open house. When i met the students giving the tour i was so impressed by their demeanor,intelligence and behavior i admitted to my wife that my preconceptions were incorrect. That was 7 years ago and we now have all 3 kids attending and love the school the faculty and the program. It is not perfect but then again neither are my kids.( My wife is though.)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 17, 2008

Saddle River Day School has exceeded our expectations! The class sizes are small, so every student receives an individualized lesson plan. The faculty is incredible. You can tell they care about the kids, and love working at Saddle River Day School. Since the school is small, between 300-375 kids, there is a strong sense of community, which extends out to the parents. The common bond is that everyone values education, which is why they chose a selective school that values a challenging educational environment. We did a lot of research on the schools in the area, and we are 100% confident that it would be almost impossible for our son to have a better educational experience than the one he is getting at Saddle River Day School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 21, 2008

My daughter went from an average student in a public jr. high school to an excellent student after our transferring her to SRDS. She went on to a large, highly-rated, Big Ten university and did very well. Best example, she called home after about five weeks and told us that she had learned everything that was being covered in her required (gut course) classes at SRDS. This was a terrific experience for her, good teachers and, very importantly, very small classes-affording her 'hands on' learning,encouragement, and enrichment. Can't imagine a better experience for her, even at the pretty good public school she would have intended. The 'troubled student' label, if applicle, was true only in late 70' or early 80's. My daughters friends (lots) were very wealthy and hence well trained in courtesy,etiquet,and appreciation of education in their lives.Young people are not perfect, the critical comments strike me as naive.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2008

I love my school and friends and I enjoy going their. It's not a very academically encouraged place but its a wonderful small school with lots of caring people in the community.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 12, 2007

I went to Saddle River Day School and I think the reputation of being a safe-haven for 'troubled students' is a bit out-dated - unlike the curriculum. I graduated from there not too long ago and I loved my experience, and I'm really not troubled. Neither were my classmates. The classes were challenging and I covered tons of things that the people I go to college with now had never even heard of in their schools - private or public.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 10, 2007

SRDS is not an academic prep school but a safe-haven for troubled students. SRDS takes your money and gives you the anonymity you pay for. All curriculum is so outdated it is appalling. Sadly your child may actually get more bullied or pressured than public...appalling broken system.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 21, 2007

We enrolled both of our children when they entered the 7th grade because we were unhappy with our public middle school which was overcrowded. The class sizes at SRDS are from 3 to 8 students unlike the public schools in our area where 30 - 40 is the norm. Although we live 30 minutes away we were still able to feel very involved. The small community feeling allows each student to be involved in whatever they are interested in. Even if your child is not the best athlete he or she is able to be a part of any team. The art program is outstanding. We are not wealthy people so the tuition was difficult but well worth the investment in their future. The parents and alumni are very involved and make all feel welcome. We will miss the school after graduation, it was that good.
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Posted May 2, 2006

it's a really nice school. the campus is pretty. the teachers are smart and the students are well prepared for competitive colleges.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2006

We moved our seventh grader from public to private because we wanted her to be surrounded by a more prestigous and personalized atmosphere. The teacher to student relationship is remarkable. They welcomed her with open arms and were willing to do anything in their power to make her comfortable and caught up with the other students. They continue to provide us with weekly updates as to how she is doing, providing both her strengths and weaknesses. We do have a couple concerns. One is that although she is in this great atmosphere from 8-3pm, the minute she leaves- the distance (our home is a good 30 minutes away) still exists. The other is that the sports and extracurricular activites offered, especially in comparison to a public school are slim pickings. Overall, however, a great school and highly recommended especially to those who live in the area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 2, 2005

Although the quality of education was outstanding the integrity of the fellow students and administration was left to question. We are African American. I had a 5year girl attending kindergarden who was constantly being harrased by older white male students (12-16yrs old)on the bus. After notifing the teacher & the dean nothing was done. I had to demand the parents be bought into school and meet with me and my husband. Nevertheless no disciplinary action was taken for these older students. I think their motto should be -IF YOU CAN PAY, YOUR BRATS CAN STAY!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2004

The only bad thing about this school is that there aren't that many people in the school. The education is really good, but the students are preppy and most of them dont have any lives except school.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 9%
Hispanic 4% 22%
Black 2% 16%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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147 Chestnut Ridge Road
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