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Saddle River Day School

Saddle River Day School is a coeducational, college-preparatory independent day school, located in Saddle River, in Bergen County, New Jersey, serving students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Its student is drawn from communities in Bergen, Essex, Passaic, and Morris County in New Jersey and Rockland County in New York.

Saddle River Day School
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147 Chestnut Ridge Road
Saddle River, NJ 07458
Type Private Day school
Established 1957
Head of Schools Eileen Lambert
Faculty 79.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades K–12
Enrollment 335 (as of 2013-14)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 6.5:1[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and White
Athletics Rebels
Nickname Rebels
Publication Periscope (Alumni)
Parents Guild Newslink
Newspaper The Rebel Review
Yearbook Retrospect

The school was founded in 1957, by John C. Alford, and graduated its first senior class in 1960. Saddle River Day School is composed of three divisions: the Lower Division, the Middle Division and the Upper Division. In 1966 it received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[2] The school is also accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools[3] and the National Association of Independent Schools.

As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 273 students and 42.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.5.[1]



The Lower School offers foreign language instruction starting in Kindergarten, which continues as a requirement through 12th grade. The Upper School offers Advanced Placement exams in the following areas: English, United States History, European History, French Literature and/or Language, Latin, Spanish Literature and/or Language, Calculus AB and BC, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

Saddle River Day School also offers from anyone in the 9th-12th grades participation in the yearly French Exchange Program. This program includes a two-week homestay in alternate years in Dijon, France.


Since a realignment of all high school athletic leagues in northern New Jersey took effect in the fall of 2010, the Saddle River Day School Rebels compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[4] Previously, the school was a member of the all-private Patriot Conference, but after a decision by the NJSIAA in February 2008, both Hawthorne Christian Academy and Saddle River Day School joined the Olympic Division of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) later that year, and remained in the conference until it was disbanded as part of the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment.[5][6] The BSCL was disbanded as a part of a wide-ranging realignment of high school sports in northern New Jersey, and Saddle River Day moved to the new NJIC in the fall of 2010.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Saddle River Day School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 25, 2011.
  2. ^ Saddle River Day School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 25, 2011.
  3. ^ School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed July 29, 2008.
  4. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Schutta, Gregory. "Two non-publics enter BCSL Olympic", The Record (Bergen County), February 7. 2008. Accessed February 7, 2008.
  6. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian. "Glick lost his life, but won his final bout", ESPN, September 19, 2011. Accessed January 26, 2011. "He was an all-state wrestler for Saddle River Day School in Northern, N.J., a judo champion."
  8. ^ Salemi, Vicki. "Glorifying JerseyA noted Hollywood screenwriter uses her Jersey roots to help inform her storytelling.", New Jersey Monthly, December 13, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "“It’s definitely part of who I am,” says the Los Angeles-based scribe, who was born in France and moved with her family to Fort Lee when she was 6 months old. The family later moved to Demarest and then Montvale, where she lived from age seven until college. Brosh McKenna, now 43, attended Saddle River Day School, studied literature at Harvard and, after graduation, co-wrote A Co-Ed’s Companion with her college roommate."
  9. ^ Feuer, Alan. "A Teenager’s Last Steps on a Trail of Missed Chances", The New York Times, July 29, 2006. Accessed October 20, 2007. "Even the settings seemed cruelly accidental: She began the evening in safety and affluence in Harrington Park, N.J.... She was co-captain of the team at Saddle River Day School in Saddle River, N.J., where the honors English class has been asked to read “Pygmalion” this summer and earlier this year two students picked up silver medals in the National Latin Exam."

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