Admission Foreword

Welcome to Admission Foreword - a blog about trends in education by Gerard Gonnella '89, Director of Admission and Financial Aid.


The Gift of Education, Wrapped in Rigorous Inquiry

As we hit the end of January and the last of the holiday decorations are put away for another year, we look ahead to 2020 to make our promises to be better at this, to do more of that and to make more time focus on this. You get my drift, so fill in the blank as needed. The one thing you should consider is: What am I doing to provide my child the best educational experience possible?

Gifts wrapped in fancy paper come and go but the gift of a personalized educational experience will last a lifetime with everlasting ROI. Whether it is The Wardlaw+Hartridge School or another one of our fine sister independent schools, do your due diligence and find the school that is right for your child. The quality of the teachers, the sophisticated academic program, the global experience and travel opportunities are more significant and life-changing than the trendy toy of the season or the big family trip. Having young people experience active learning is the path forward. Honing writing skills and identifying top-notch study skills and time management practices will serve a child far better than material possessions. 

Finding the best educational option for your child requires rigorous inquiry, one of the most important values we instill in our own students. A vital part of this process is to do in-depth research to discover what each school can provide your child. Yes, there are good public schools in our area or parochial alternatives who will wow you with how much scholarship money their students receive. But it boils down to the quality of the program and the expertise of the faculty coupled with the collaboration of the students in an atmosphere of positive reinforcement. Having a top-notch college counseling team at the ready (yes, even for those families that are inquiring about Kindergarten, they are here to answer your questions, too) to answer questions and to partner with you to lay out a plan of action that is thoughtful and truly reflective of the child. 

I often hear from parents say they have time to send their children to a private school when they get older. I politely disagree. The time is now! The building of a strong educational foundation should begin as soon as possible. Here at Wardlaw+Hartidge, we are building a community based on shared values and beliefs, with common goals to lead and succeed, not only now but to be the leaders of tomorrow; to be the leaders of occupations that have yet to be discovered, created or needed. The preparation needs to start immediately. 

I encourage you to do your own investigation into our W+H family by exploring our website, reading about our approach, learning about our dynamic faculty and getting to know our diverse and talented student body. I am confident you will conclude from your investigation that W+H is providing a world class experience in our classrooms, on our playing fields and in our greater community. 

A wonderful recent example of our students diving deeply into world cultures took place during the Lunar New Year celebration, as our entire student body participated in group songs, dances and presentations. Activities and opportunities like these truly distinguish a Wardlaw+Hartridge education from the rest.

Some may see the tuition as untenable, but please be aware that need-based financial aid is available from Kindergarten through Grade 12. We also offer scholarship opportunities for students entering grades six and nine. To learn more about financial aid and our scholarship opportunities please visit or call the Admission Office for a personal explanation. 

I hope I have the pleasure to welcome you to campus in the next few weeks for your personal tour. As a reminder, the priority application deadline is February 1 for a March notification; thereafter, we will move to rolling admission. 

I hope you take the time necessary to see if your child can be the face in the lower right corner of our banner pictured at the start of this blog. 

Best regards and have a great year,


Posted by ggonnella on Wednesday January, 29 at 09:26AM


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