Founded as The Leal School for Boys in 1882 and The Misses Scribner and Newton's School for Girls in 1884, both in Plainfield, NJ, these later became respectively The Wardlaw School, after Charles Digby "Pop" Wardlaw moved from teacher to Head and purchased the school in 1916, and The Hartridge School, when Miss Emelyn Hartridge became her school's Head and owner in 1903.
Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.
Lower School - Pre-K – Grade 5
Middle School - Grades 6 – 8
Upper School - Grades 9 – 12
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School has a diverse student body.
475 total students
Lower School -
Middle School -
Upper School -
Coeducational - % girls; % boys
Students come from a -mile radius surrounding the School, representing 65 school districts from NJ
75% identify as students of color
Cognoscere et Conficere - To Learn and to Achieve
Mission & Core Values
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. We provide an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, rigorous inquiry, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.
The core values of The Wardlaw + Hartridge school community are:
Integrity –our bedrock value, sine qua non
Opportunity –Wardlaw + Hartridge develops academic and intellectual excellence in its students through programs that stretch their creative imaginations, develop their athletic and artistic skills, engage their sense of discovery, and develop a social conscience. In the process, students take on leadership roles and learn how to work effectively in teams.
Support – Every member of the Wardlaw + Hartridge faculty believes in a personal approach to educating and developing the whole child. Wardlaw + Hartridge educators take the time, care, and interest in each student to call forth his or her best work.
Diversity – The diversity of thought, background, and culture at Wardlaw-Hartridge distinguishes us among independent schools, strengthens the global orientation of our curriculum, and enriches the daily experience of every member of the school community, inside and outside the classroom.
Community – When faculty members, students, parents, or graduates walk through the doors of Wardlaw + Hartridge, they have entered a home. Our community is distinguished by an ethos of care and mutual respect, and a strong partnership with families.
Sustainability- Wardlaw + Hartridge prepares students to become citizens whose beliefs and actions will create a more humane and sustainable global society.
A 22-member Board of Trustees that includes parents and alumni.