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Wardlaw+Hartridge Earns No. 1 Ranking in Middlesex County

Rudy Brandl

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, a coeducational, college preparatory day school enrolling 455 students in Prekindergarten through grade 12, earned the No. 1 rating among all Middlesex County private schools in the 2021 Best Schools in America rankings released by Niche. This marks the second consecutive year in which Wardlaw+Hartridge has earned this distinction.

Wardlaw+Hartridge also received A+ grades for Academics, College Prep and Diversity and an overall grade of A+.

“As a parent at the school and the Head of School, I have known for years that Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an outstanding environment for learning at the highest levels and also offers a warm, inclusive environment that promotes positive character and social growth,” said Andrew Webster, Head of School. “That continues to be true during the pandemic. In both our in-person and blended classes, high level learning continues unabated. The teachers and students have risen to new challenges and are doing superb work. To be recognized for our strengths with the top ranking is gratifying for all of us who work hard to challenge and support our students' growth and achievements every day.”

The W+H campus is located on 36 wooded acres at the conjunction of Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties. With an early childhood program that offers hands-on experiential learning, to an Upper School with rich academic offerings, the school is large enough to offer 19 advanced placement classes for high school students, but small enough to provide an intimate learning environment for everyone. The campus houses a new performing arts center, three state-of-the-art STEM labs, three art studios, the Snowdon Library with a Center for Global Learning and videoconferencing center, a television studio, outdoor classroom spaces, two gymnasiums, a 25-yard swimming pool, tennis courts and two athletic turf fields. 

Wardlaw+Hartridge reopened its campus for in-person learning in September and continues to offer robust educational programs for all students, including those enrolled in remote and hybrid learning options. The school truly embodies its six core values: integrity, opportunity, support, diversity, community and sustainability. 

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