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