Founded in 1998, the Stanwich School is a thriving, independent, coeducational day school located in the suburban community of Greenwich, Connecticut, approximately 35 miles from New York City. The school inaugurated its charter year with 72 students in grades K-2; since then, a new grade has been added each year. The Stanwich School has experienced dramatic growth, obtained full accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and established itself among the top academic schools in the region. The school serves 325 students in grades PreK through 12.
Our students are a community of learners currently in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. Students reside in Greenwich and surrounding towns in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Students are grouped in five houses: Wildwood Cottage (PreK - K), the Primary House (grades 1-3), the Intermediate House (grades 4-6), the Junior House (grades 7-8), and the Senior House (grades 9-12).
Our faculty are caring, experienced and enthusiastic professionals who are committed to educating the whole child — mind, body and spirit. Virtually all of our head teachers have earned masters' degrees or higher. Each classroom teacher in PreK through Grade 4 is assisted by an associate teacher who is pursuing a master's degree in education. The average student/faculty ratio is 6 to 1.
The Stanwich School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that focuses on a blend of traditional and contemporary approaches to teaching. Students consistently meet or exceed Independent School norms on standardized tests (ERB) in all grade levels.
The academic program features:
- a spiraling curriculum that teaches to mastery
- accelerated mathematics and language arts groupings
- innovative foreign language program beginning in PreK with an expansion of world languages beginning in Grade 7
- a creative fine and performing arts program that is fully integrated into the curriculum
- individualized schedules and academic advisors for all students in Grades 7 through 12
- the use of computers and other technological resources as learning tools in all grade levels, rather than ends in themselves
- a full complement of field trips, clubs, after-school programs, and enrichment events that enhance the curriculum
- a Parents as Partners values program for students and their families.
The physical education program emphasizes skills, fitness and teamwork. Sports taught during the school year include co-ed cross country, co-ed ice hockey, football, baseball, softball, boys' lacrosse, girls' lacrosse, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, tennis, swimming, track and field, sailing, tennis and squash. Interscholastic competition is introduced in Grade 7, as the school is a member of the Fairchester Athletic Association. The Physical Education program has produced competitive teams across all major sports. Stanwich has partnered with Chelsea Piers Connecticut to hosts a number of the school's athletic practices and events at the state-of-the-art facility.
Values and Ethics
Stanwich holds its students not only to high academic standards, but also to high ethical standards. These ethical standards are based on the shared values of the Jewish and Christian traditions, as expressed in the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. Our distinctive “values curriculum” embraces students of all faiths and backgrounds, and emphasizes the “Stanwich Seven” virtues: Courage, Compassion, Commitment, Wisdom, Honesty, Forgiveness and Joy. In addition to having values-focused parent workshops, parents participate in select values assignments throughout the year.
All students engage in meaningful service learning opportunities throughout the school year. These activities are integrated into the life of the school, involve significant parent participation and serve to transmit to students their obligation as people to take care of one another and our world.
The Stanwich School actively seeks students of diverse backgrounds and interests. Financial scholarships are available to all qualified students and families on a limited basis. We welcome all applications.