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Comprehensive Guide to the Greenwich School System

Robin Kencel | May 13, 2020

Here is everything you need to know to understand Greenwich’s school system: from pre-kindergarten to high school graduation

Greenwich Public Schools

Greenwich Public Schools include eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, and a high school. With nearly 9,000 students in total, this school system is devoted to prioritizing personalized learning for each child to optimize their education and encourage them to pursue lifelong learning. 

Elementary schools include Cos Cob School, Glenville School, Riverside School, Parkway School, Old Greenwich School, North Street School, and North Mianus School. Public middle schools that serve our community are Central Middle School and Eastern Middle School. Greenwich High School has approximately 2,500 students and is the primary public high school. 

Greenwich Public Schools also has five magnet schools: four of which are elementary schools and one middle school. This facet of the public school system gives parents options to specialize their child’s education to focus on an academic area or learning style that best suits their needs. These schools have a selective application process, which is available to complete each spring for the following academic year. Magnet elementary schools include New Lebanon School, Julian Curtiss School, International School at Dundee, and Hamilton Avenue School, while Western Middle School is the magnet middle school in Greenwich. 

Windrose is an alternative high school program designed to help realign students with commencement goals, prepare students for undergraduate coursework, and help reignite a passion for learning. This high school option is available on an as-needed basis only, and students are reassessed every academic year to see if their needs still qualify for this academic environment. 

Greenwich also offers a public preschool for all children to help them transition into an academic environment. Regardless of development speed, children here will develop social and communication skills, motor skills, and cognitive abilities. 

All Greenwich public schools are united by their mission to cultivate young minds into brilliant thinkers by emphasizing a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that incorporates diverse viewpoints and sets a high expectation for behavior, integrity, and accountability. 

Greenwich Private Schools

Greenwich is also served by a number of premier private schools for all age groups, each offering a world-class education. With both co-educational institutes as well as all-boys and all-girls academic options, Greenwich provides a top-tier education to all. 

Greenwich Non-Integrated Private Schools

Brunswick School

Established in 1902, Brunswick School is an all-boys preparatory academy that has upheld a commitment to courage, honor, and truth since its inauguration. This college preparatory program provides a challenging curriculum that encourages a future of learning. This school offers programs from nursery classes to twelfth grade. Brunswick has a selection of unique Signature Programs that provide a cosmopolitan education, including a weeklong wilderness education program in Vermont and a summer foreign language immersion program with a host family abroad. 

Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Academy is an all-girls college preparatory school offering courses from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Their comprehensive liberal arts curriculum is ideal for students who want a challenging and diverse education. Their student to teacher ratio is 5:1, ensuring that each student receives care and attention designed to help them succeed. 88% of Greenwich Academy students get accepted to her top-choice school, and nearly every graduating senior in 2019 attended one of her top three colleges. Their Upper School program for grades 9 through 12 is coordinated with the neighboring all-boys’ Brunswick School. 

Sacred Heart Greenwich 

This all-girls academy is a Catholic day school associated with a worldwide network of Sacred Heart schools. These schools span the globe with active academies in 28 countries, and Sacred Heart Greenwich upholds its global mission to develop active social awareness, personal growth, the pursuit of self-discipline and self-confidence, and cultivate personal faith. Their 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio, state-of-the-art on-campus observatory, and 110-acre North Greenwich campus make this an impeccable place to study. 

Greenwich Co-Educational Private Schools

Greenwich Catholic School

This day school caters to approximately 480 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Students at Greenwich Catholic School participate in a well-balanced curriculum designed to engage each student in their learning process. Students are also encouraged to serve others, following their Catholic teachings. This faith-based learning environment promotes a strong sense of community and holds each student to a standard of excellence. 

Eagle Hill School

Eagle Hill School caters specifically to children with language-based learning disabilities from ages five to fifteen. This school has served the Greenwich community for twenty-five years, and their commitment to the education of our city’s children is self-evident in their devotion to the success of each student. Founded on the premise of personalized education, Eagle Hill School creates a curriculum that is specific to each child’s needs so that skills are mastered before moving forward. This approach bolsters self-confidence, and Eagle Hill students are imbued with a strong sense of self.

Greenwich Country Day School

With programs from nursery through twelfth grade, Greenwich Country Day School provides an all-encompassing learning environment with fewer than one thousand students to ensure a small teacher-to-student ratio. Their learning approach is to instill joy with education, which promotes a positive attitude toward lifelong learning. With passionate educators, a world-class curriculum, and a tri-fold approach to learning through academics, arts, and athletics, Greenwich Country Day School is an excellent option for parents searching for an independent comprehensive education for their children. 

The Stanwich School

The Stanwich School is a comprehensive learning environment for students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Their mission is to promote education infused with Judeo-Christian beliefs that inspire students to be their best and encourage others to do the same. The Stanwich School has 200 students, and their compassionate instructors, expectation of excellence, and a curriculum that is designed to impart both academic and emotional intelligence have established it as a leading Greenwich private school. 

Whitby School

Whitby School educates children from nursery to eighth grade. This co-educational program emphasizes each student’s global responsibility and their curriculum has been developed to promote communication, social, self-management, research, and thinking skills. Whitby School has been serving the Greenwich community since 1958. Their proven educational techniques encourage students to pursue learning all their life. 

The Greenwich Japanese School

Also referred to as The Japanese School of New York, The Greenwich Japanese School includes students in first through ninth grade. The school uses a unique curriculum influenced by both Japanese and American educational systems. Aspects of the Japanese curriculum include an emphasis on art, Japanese, and international studies; more American-based studies include English and national history. With the exception of English, all classes are taught in Japanese. Many classes emphasize teamwork and group projects.

Near Greenwich Private Schools

If you’re searching for a school outside of Greenwich city limits, there are a multitude of excellent private schools near Greenwich, CT. 

King School

In nearby Stamford, CT, King School is a co-educational academy that caters to students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. This all-encompassing curriculum is ideal for parents seeking a progressive liberal arts education for their children. Graduates from King School have become politicians, athletes, engineers, and more. Students at King School participate in age-appropriate learning led by self-discovery, which keeps students engaged and fosters active learners. 

Green Farms Academy

From pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, Green Farms Academy in Westport, CT boasts small class sizes with a slim student-to-teacher ratio that prioritizes personalized education, innovative curricula, and hands-on learning. Located on 44-acres of tranquil Connecticut land, their campus teeters between a salt marsh, Long Island Sound, and Audubon woodland, so students are able to create a space for themselves here—a place where they belong. 

St. Luke’s School

In New Canaan, CT, St. Luke’s School is a private day school for students in grades five through twelve. This co-educational establishment educates just over 500 students from twenty different Connecticut cities. Emphasizing curiosity, integrity, and open-mindedness in their curriculum, students here study world languages, art, theatre, music, and leadership skills in addition to math, science, English, and history. St. Luke’s School is dedicated to creating honorable, critically-minded individuals who recognize global responsibilities. 

Rye Country Day School

Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY is a college preparatory academy driven by their motto: “Not for Self, but for Service.” With under 1,000 students, Rye Country Day School is able to provide a focused education for each child, serving pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. By encouraging each student to develop unique interests, Rye Country Day School develops bright and well-rounded individuals. 

Horace Mann School

Horace Mann is a private, independent college-preparatory school located in the Bronx that educates students from preschool to 12th grade. In addition to its rich number of classes ranging from Latin to computer science, there is also a diverse selection of clubs to choose from, encouraging students to find and hone their passions and talents. The Horace Mann School places great importance on community service and academic achievement, having ranked at the top of Forbes and The Wall Street Journal’s lists in terms of the best preparatory schools in the country. 


An education from a Greenwich institution is assuredly well-rounded, which contributes heavily to the success of students. If you’re interested in moving to Greenwich, I am here to help. When you’re ready to learn more about how you can call Greenwich home, reach out to me for more information. 



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