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Admissions FAQs

1. How many students are enrolled at Far Brook?

For the 2015-2016 school year, there are 243 students enrolled at Far Brook School.

2. What is the age requirement for Nursery and Kindergarten applicants?

Far Brook's birth date cutoff is September 1 of the year that child will attend. By that date, applicants for full- or half-day Nursery (3s) must be 3;  applicants for full- or half-day Nursery (4s) must be 4; and Kindergarten applicants must be 5. Rare exceptions are made at the discretion of the School.

3. How many students are admitted each year? Into what grades?

Far Brook has two entry points, Nursery and Kindergarten. All other spaces are made available by attrition of current students. We admit approximately 30-40 students each year to Nursery, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 - 7.

4. What are the School's hours?

Half-day Pre-K

8:10 am - 12:00 pm daily

Pre-K - Third Grade

8:10 am - 3:10 pm, Monday - Thursday

8:10 am - 2:10 pm, Friday

Fourth Grade- Eighth Grade

8:10 am - 3:10 pm, Monday - Friday



5. Are before-care and after-care available?

Students may be dropped off at 7:45 am daily at no additional charge. Students who arrive at 7:45 am are supervised until teachers are ready to receive students at 8:10 am.  A variety of After-School Program classes are available daily from 3:15 pm until 4:30 pm (2:15 pm until 3:30 pm on Fridays) at an additional cost. Extended Care is available daily until 6:00 pm, also at an additional cost.

6. Is bus service available?

A bus is currently provided at no charge by the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education to students in Grades K-8 (not Pre-K) who reside in Maplewood or South Orange.

Under the present laws of the State of New Jersey, certain towns are required to provide bus service or a transportation rebate to students who attend school outside of the district in which they live. Information on towns that offer this rebate is available through the Business Office. If your town is one of those listed, you must apply for the rebate by filling out the B6T form. You may fill it out online, but will need to print and sign it before sending it in.

Far Brook contracts with a private company to provide bus transportation, for a fee, to a limited number of students in other locations. The number of passengers and the bus route are determined annually based upon the number and geographic range of requests. Far Brook is only able to offer service to areas where a sufficient number of students request it.

If you are interested in private bus service, please be sure to indicate your interest when filling out your application in TADS.

7. Does Far Brook offer financial aid?

Yes, Far Brook offers tuition assistance to families who demonstrate financial need. For the 2014-2015 school year, Far Brook awarded a range of partial to full tuition assistance packages to 18% of the student body.

See Tuition Assistance for the Financial Aid Calendar for the 2015-2016 School Year and for further information.

8. Is there a dress code at Far Brook?

The environment at Far Brook is simple, natural, and rustic. Working with paint, clay, Play-Doh, and colored markers is a daily experience for students. As such, student’s clothing should be easily laundered and functional. Children go from building to building over paved and graveled pathways each day. Sturdy, waterproof footwear is appropriate for our campus setting and varied terrain. All clothing should be such that younger students can dress and undress themselves independently. Prioritizing functionality, modesty, and safety will allow your child to be comfortably and appropriately dressed for school each day.

9. Does Far Brook provide lunch to students?

Most students bring their lunch from home. Beginning in the Fall of 2015, students in Grades 4-8 may participate in an optional school lunch pilot program catered by No Fuss Lunch of Hawthorne, NJ. Students in Grades 2-3 will be added to the pilot program over the course of the Fall. Far Brook provides a daily snack of apples and oranges as well as whole and skim milk. Because of the many nut allergies among the student body, peanuts and tree nut products are not permitted at Far Brook.

10. When was Far Brook founded? Is Far Brook a Quaker school?

Far Brook was founded in 1948 by Winifred Moore, a visionary educator who felt that children are "capable of responses that are more profound than generally believed." With that strong belief, 65 years ago Mrs. Moore devised a curriculum that exposed children to the arts and to great works of literature with the conviction that even the youngest children could synthesize, appreciate, and enjoy complex language and concepts. The rich curriculum she devised has evolved over the years but the philosophy of Far Brook is unchanged. Children are exposed to the traditional classics at a young age and are given opportunities to react to them, interpret them, and recreate what they have learned in imaginative, creative, hands-on, and age-appropriate ways. Far Brook’s appreciation for simplicity and our daily Morning Meeting remind some of the Quaker tradition, however, Far Brook is not a Quaker school and has no religious affiliation.

11. What foreign languages are offered? When does language instruction begin?

French is the foreign language taught at Far Brook. A Lower School French teacher works with students in Nursery – Grade 3 and an Upper School French teacher works with students in Grades 4 - 8. In addition to grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, students are exposed to the 58 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas where French is spoken. Because we are a small school, we concentrate on one language with an emphasis on how to learn a language. Every year, the Junior High takes a trip to Montréal or Québec to practice French and to experience a French-speaking city.

12. How diverse is Far Brook's student body?

Far Brook is a community comprised of families from many cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds as well as a range of socio-economic levels. Currently at Far Brook, approximately 37% of students may be identified as having partial or full heritage from continents other than Europe and Australia.

13. Does Far Brook offer interscholastic sports?

Yes. Starting in Grade 5, all boys and girls participate on Far Brook’s interscholastic athletic teams. Boys play soccer in the fall and baseball in the spring and girls play field hockey in the fall and lacrosse in the spring against a variety of independent schools.

14. Where do students go after Far Brook? Does Far Brook assist families in making the transition?

Far Brook students attend a range of highly regarded independent day schools, boarding schools, and public schools after Far Brook. Students have attended the following schools:

Independent Day Schools: Delbarton School, Fieldston School, Gill St. Bernard’s School, The Hudson School, Kent Place School, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Morristown-Beard School, Newark Academy, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Oratory Preparatory School, The Pingry School, Seton Hall Preparatory School, St. Vincent Academy, Villa Walsh Academy, Wardlaw-Hartridge School

Boarding Schools: Deerfield Academy, Foxcroft School, Groton School, The Lawrenceville School, Millbrook School, The Peddie School, Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Andrew's School, The Williston-Northampton School

Public Schools: Columbia High School (South Orange/Maplewood), Cranford High School, Elizabeth High School, Kaufman Special Music High School, Kenilworth High School, Madison High School, Millburn High School, Montclair High School, Mountain Lakes High School, Orange High School, Summit High School, Union High School, West Orange High School

Far Brook works with families beginning in the Seventh Grade to prepare students and guide parents through the high school selection process. Far Brook provides workshops for parents and students, practice entrance exams, interview workshops, and other support.

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