Many people decide to live in Millburn-Short Hills because of its exceptional educational experiences, from its top-rated public school system to a variety of distinctive private schools. Among the latter, Far Brook School in Short Hills boasts a unique philosophy and approach to teaching and learning that has its roots in progressive education.
Situated among 9 1/2 acres of semi-rural Short Hills real estate, including a nationally certified Schoolyard Wetlands Habitat, Far Brook’s one-of-a-kind bucolic campus is the first thing you notice upon arrival. Its classrooms resemble cozy, one-room schoolhouses, and the new state-of-the-art Music and Arts Building and Science and Environmental Center allow for even more experiential learning. The natural campus lends itself to the school’s philosophy that stresses the importance of learning, playing, and discovering outside. You’ll find children walking along the pathways making their way from class to class, and teachers encouraging them to take their time to notice their surroundings — whether it is a poem tied to a tree branch or a nursery student sharing a special nature discovery with a passing Eighth Grader. As Head of School and South Orange resident Amy Ziebarth says, “We have this luxury here to be able to slow down.”
Children at Far Brook Learn by Experience on Beautiful Short Hills Real Estate
That is something you’ll hear often at Far Brook — the value of slowing down. And that notion becomes apparent as you travel throughout the campus: you’ll find teachers who truly value the wonders of an unhurried childhood; an innovative theme-based curriculum that encourages in-depth learning and weaves together science, art, math, technology, and literacy; classrooms that foster children’s innate curiosity and promote taking the time to allow for questioning, experimenting, and hands-on learning; and the notion that subjects such as woodshop, music, drama, dance, sports, and choir aren’t “extras” but rather integral parts of the educational experience for all students.
Parents who live in Millburn-Short Hills and would like to learn more about Far Brook’s child-centered, hands-on, arts-infused approach for children ages 3 through Eighth Grade, are invited to attend the Spring Open House on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Please call 973-379-3442 or go to farbrook.org for more information.