By Anna Halynski

Choosing the right school for your children is crucial to securing their future – from where they will attend university to their future employment. We know their future is important to you, so we have put together a list of five of the top private schools in Connecticut.

King School

King School was founded in 1865. Formerly King and Low Heywood Thomas, it is a private, co-educational day school for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in Stamford.

King School provides an excellent progressive education grounded in the traditional disciplines of the arts and sciences and committed to the nurturing of individual potential. The school’s curriculum is  designed to promote critical thinking and reasoned reflection. Using rich and innovative methods, King facilitates each student’s fullest academic and personal achievement. They are champions in the development of character, self-confidence and talent through challenging intellectual, creative, athletic, leadership and service opportunities.

The Stanwich School

The Stanwich School, established in 1998, is a private, coeducational pre-kindergarten through grade 12 college prep school, in Greenwich.

From the moment students arrive each morning and shake their teacher's hand, their values-based education begins. All students attend morning meetings which build community and instill in students a sense of purpose and belonging. Meetings begin with song and end with a non-denominational prayer.

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. Their distinctive “values curriculum” embraces students of all faiths and backgrounds, and emphasizes the “Stanwich Seven” virtues: Courage, Compassion, Commitment, Wisdom, Honesty, Forgiveness and Joy.

Greenwich Country Day School

The Greenwich Country Day School is a co-educational, independent day school in Greenwich founded in 1926. As of 2005, it enrolled some 840 students from nursery to the 9th grade level. The Greenwich Country Day School maintains high academic standards, a broad and balanced curriculum and time-honored traditions. The teachers encourage children to take intellectual risks. The school prepares students for rigorous secondary school studies and endeavors to foster a love of learning that endures. Notable alumni include Byrdie Bell, George H.W.Bush and Bill Simmons.

Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Academy is an independent, college-preparatory day school for girls and young women in Greenwich. Founded in 1827, it is the oldest girls' school in Connecticut.  Their mission is to provide a challenging, comprehensive educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within an inclusive, diverse community. The school’s objective is to develop girls and young women of exceptional character and achievement who demonstrate independence, resilience, courage, integrity and compassion.

A leader in all-girls education, Greenwich Academy’s rigorous academic program empowers students to be critical thinkers, creative and analytical writers, and confident self-advocates. The breadth oftheir liberal-arts curriculum also challenges girls to investigate their infinite capacity to explore, question, discover, dream, create and grow. At the heart of community, all students work toward building character and developing a true sense of citizenship in all aspects of campus life and beyond. Whether on the field, in the engineering and design lab or on stage, Greenwich Academy girls are confident, curious and motivated.

New Canaan Country School

Founded in 1916, New Canaan Country School is a private, coeducational, independent school for beginners (age three) through grade 9.

Located on 75 acres in New Canaan, their facilities include five academic buildings, two libraries, four art studios, six science labs, state-of-the-art classrooms, a 35-acre nature center, student gardens, a ropes course and LEED-certified Stevens Building and is recognized as one of the greenest school buildings in the state. All were designed specifically for the primary and middle school years to foster excellence in learning and academic achievement and to encourage curiosity, collaboration and community. This school attract students from 20 surrounding towns, many of which have excellent public schools.

The mission of New Canaan Country School is to guide students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral and physical potential. They value the imagination and curiosity of children and respect childhood as an integral part of life. The school works in partnership with families to teach personal, social and environmental responsibility and to create a community that honors diversity and common humanity. New Canaan Country School inspires students to be lifelong learners with the courage and confidence to make a positive contribution to the world.

We hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Anna@ChiltonAndChadwick.com.