As parents, we want our children to be upstanders, not bystanders, meaning that if they see a problem or an injustice, they should step in, get involved, and ask how they can help. In the case of Sahil Polepalle and Devraj Dhupar, both members of the Saddle River Day School class of 2025, they have learned that lesson well.
When deciding on a school for your children, academic rigor, enrichment opportunities, and educational philosophy are just some of the important factors you consider. But there is more to a school than its academics and there are other things that make a child’s educational experience great. At Saddle River Day School, one of those factors – one of the x-factors if you will – is Chef Mark.
Engineers, architects and every parent who has ever built Legos, a block tower or a marble run with their kids knows that a strong foundation is required in order to build a stable structure. The educators at Saddle River Day School know this too, which is why such care has been put into building a high quality PreK program for our littlest learners.
Science Department Chair, Dr. Vanessa Robinson exemplifies a philosophy of education that focuses on empowerment and self-sufficiency. Spend a few minutes with her, and you'll see that she's dedicated to teaching with an emphasis on long-term learning and growth, utilizing her own research project on fruit flies as her teaching tools.
Every big idea starts with a question. A “why” or a “how” or an “I wonder…” that leads the questioner through a process of brainstorming, testing, evaluating, and revising that will eventually, with effort and a little luck, lead to an answer that solves a problem, improves a process, or discovers something brand new. This process, called design thinking, is embedded into the pedagogy and curriculum of each subject taught at Saddle River Day School, in ways that are often discernible, and occasionally imperceptible.
PJ is a highly dedicated and experienced Physical Education Teacher, Athletic Director, and Coach with a passion for promoting health, wellness, and athletic achievement. He is committed to fostering a positive and inclusive environment that encourages student growth, teamwork, and personal development.
On Thursday, May 18th, Saddle River Day School graduated the Class of 2023 in the presence of families, friends, alumni and faculty and staff on our beautiful campus.
At Saddle River Day School, when we find a way to improve or enhance our student experience, we jump at the chance. So when Laura Hollis, Director of Technology, became aware of Girls Who Code, an innovative program with the mission to close the gender gap in technology education and careers, she and Head of School, Jalaj Desai, set about chartering a Girls Who Code chapter at SRDS for students in grades 3-5.
Dr. Zacaraev holds a Doctorate in Education from The University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Educational and Organizational Leadership. He earned his Masters in Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University, Klingenstein Center in Independent School Leadership and has been described as an "incredible talent."
Nowhere is this more evident, or important, than in the Middle School at Saddle River Day School. These transitional years, from grade 5 – 8, are critical in the development of students as scholars, communicators, and citizens of the world. As such, the mission of the educators and staff of the SRDS Middle School is to prepare their students for the demanding curriculum of the Upper School and beyond, while also challenging these developing young adults to try new things, confidently step outside of their comfort zones, and develop an awareness of the world and the people around them.
Francis and Kristen Walsh, current Saddle River Day School parents and residents of Saddle River, have generously matched the $100,000 award. Thanks to the generosity of the Walsh family, the grant funds have been received and the school has been able to expand the innovative programming and academic offerings of its CIE.
With a roster of shows this robust, it’s no wonder that prospective students are beginning to pay attention to Saddle River Day School as ‘The Place’ to hone their acting, singing, and performing skills. And this is just the way Tyler Capa wants it. He’s here to develop, encourage and support each performer and crew member who steps on his stage.
The author Michael Crichton once said, “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” Educating and reminding Saddle River Day School students about all the other leaves on their tree is exactly the intention of February’s Black History Month programming, according to English Department Chair Jennifer Maylath, this year’s organizer of Black History Month activities.
Behind the scenes, SRDS Robotics team members are learning valuable, transferable life skills like project management, time management, and teamwork, as they have only a few weeks to get their robots battle-ready after they’ve received the challenge. Design thinking (and re-thinking), and making adjustments and brainstorming solutions in real-time are skills the students hone. Students are learning the gift of failure and resilience, and how to take what they’ve learned and apply it effectively.
We all have opinions. As we have seen in recent years, the way these points of view are communicated makes a great difference in the way they are received and we are perceived. This is why learning the art of debate is an important life skill for students at Saddle River Day School, so they can effectively, as debate coach and Middle School history teacher, Radley Glasser puts it, “develop and articulate their own thoughts, but also consider opposing opinions critically and empathetically, while engaging in civil, yet substantive, discourse."
We all know that to be a student at Saddle River Day School, one must have the intellectual curiosity and capacity to succeed. But ask an SRDS student what they do beyond their studies and it will quickly become evident that they have hearts to help those who are less fortunate. When called to make a difference in the world to -- as our mission statement says -- “become a caring and ethical contributor to society,” our students, faculty and families step up.
The Friday Speaker Series was developed to provide low stakes social and emotional support to the student body through topics including self-discipline and goal setting, the impact of gratitude on our daily life, financial literacy, mental health and wellness, and resilience.
In the Lower School at Saddle River Day School, there is, of course, an emphasis on giving our students the academic foundation necessary for future success. But our teachers are also focused on instilling a love of knowledge and an intellectual curiosity that make learning a lifelong passion.
Here at SRDS, it is our mandate to evaluate our programs, pedagogy and curriculum to ensure that we are proactive in responding to the evolving needs of our students and families.
The SRDS Middle School will be offering a brand new Accelerated Science Curriculum for interested and qualified seventh and eighth grade students beginning in the 2022 – 2023 school year.
Georgetown, Penn, Brown, University of Virginia, Wesleyan, Middlebury, and NYU. The Class of 2022 at Saddle River Day School has fantastic college choices. But like most everything in the last two years, today’s high school graduates were confronted with significant change when it came time to apply to colleges.
Seven finalists from SRDS attend the MathCON National Competition in Chicago with three Honorable Mentions.
“How” and “Why” are some of our favorite and most used words around here. Because encouraging intellectual curiosity is how we achieve our goal of turning students into scholars and adolescents into successful adults.
As part of Head of School Jalaj Desai’s mandate to “teach kids how to think, not what to think,” the Capstone Project encourages middle school students to examine their interests and passions.
Despite Mother Nature's best attempts to thwart opening day, students were excited to be back on campus and engaged in learning and spending time with their friends and teachers once again.
Two SRDS Students Recognized for Academic Excellence by The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
On Tuesday, May 18th, Charter Field was the site of the in-person Graduation events for the Saddle River Day School Class of 2021.
After a seamless pivot to remote learning, Saddle River Day School committed to reinstating all the important components of a holistic SRDS experience for the 20-21 academic year.
The guiding principle for Karen Ferretti, Director of College Counseling and Robert Kettlewell, Associate Director is to “Always think of the students first and always see them as individuals.”
The design competition encourages students to design a product that helps eliminate or diminish a challenge faced by disabled people.
Congratulations to Cooper Mallow ‘21, who was named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.
On Monday, October 26, Upper School students were recognized for their academic achievement for the 2019-2020 school year.
This past weekend the SRDS Performing Arts Department presented the ever-popular and seasonally-appropriate The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for five outdoor performances.
On Wednesday, October 7, Saddle River Day School welcomed Mr. John Lang, grandfather of Zoe '23, to speak on campus. Mr. Lang spoke with Upper School students about his experiences of living in Nazi Germany.
Saddle River Day School is excited to announce the expansion of our Early Childhood Program with the addition of a Pre-K 3’s class for the 2021-2022 school year.
After a summer spent in task force meetings, researching safety protocols and best practices, and carefully planning our return, SRDS opened our doors and welcomed students back onto campus for the first time since March.
TEDx is an international community that allows local organizers to create their own TED-like events. TEDxYouth@SRDS provides a forum where students and community members can share their “ideas worth spreading.”
What do 49 high school students, 10 teachers, 63 credits, and Google Meet have in common? They were all part of the Saddle River Remote Summer academic program.
On Thursday, July 23rd, Charter Field was the site of the in-person Graduation events for the Saddle River Day School Class of 2020.
When other students were hunkering down and avoiding more news about the virus, one third of our Upper School students made the choice to face the pandemic, head-on, by engaging in this self-initiated research project.
It was clear from the start that Daniel was determined in his endeavors, whether academic or altruistic, and possessed wisdom and a compassion for others well beyond his years.
When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who's making a difference right now as we live through these unprecedented times, including some of our own SRDS faculty, staff and families.
The Mission of the Gateway Diplomas Program is to emphasize the exploration of individual, career-based interests through rigorous coursework and experiential learning, leading to a deeper understanding of the skills necessary for a successful college and career path.
During this unprecedented time, the transition to remote learning became a necessity that needed to happen in a very short time frame.
The Saddle River Day School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jalaj Desai as the permanent Head of School, effective immediately.
As part of the continued effort to offer students "experiential" learning opportunities, grades 4-7 participated in a variety of mini course offerings.
The SRDS Performing Arts Department presented the ever-popular Little Women, (the musical) for three performances last weekend to a packed house in the Alford Hall Performing Arts Center.
Aligning with the Saddle River Day School’s mission to encourage students to be intellectual risk takers, SRDS has established Middle and and Upper School Odyssey of the Mind teams this year under the leadership of Science
Long after the job was done on the floor and the upset was complete, Jordan Janowski walked to mid-court and accepted Saddle River Day’s fifth straight Bergen County championship.
Four students who are completely different in their personalities, interests and academic strengths were accepted early decision at New York University this year.
Alex Slomin '22 has found his passion in life: photographing wildlife and nature. And when you see his work, you will be inspired.
The SRDS community took time to embark on student-led projects during the holiday season that shared with those who are less fortunate.
SRDS faculty members developed course content with the goal of teaching important skills such as creativity, critical thinking, research, collaboration, applied learning, problem solving and public speaking.
The first CIE Boot Camp was an amazingly successful event with 50+ attendees in grades K-8.
“I can't even believe that we're here and that this is really happening,” said goalkeeper Livia Davidson. “Our team never gives up and never stops playing hard; that showed with how we played today.”
The SRDS RoboRebels robotics team took part in the first official FTC SkyStone competition of the season.
This Girls Varsity Tennis team posted an undefeated 16-0 record (first time in SRDS school history) and emerged NJIC Patriot Division CHAMPS!
Families engaged in pop-up interactive activities, discussions and the opportunity to see how SRDS promotes innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset.
SRDS welcomed its alumni, faculty, families and friends for a wonderful Homecoming and Alumni weekend.
The mission of the Memory Project is kindness: "We invite high school art students to cultivate global kindness by creating portraits as special gifts for children around the world."
The SRDS campus was filled with over 275 grandparents & special friends on Friday, October 4th on a perfect fall morning.
At all grade levels, our teachers look to inspire, promote critical thinking and develop a love of learning. How do we make learning engaging and fun in Lower School?
Natalie has been invited to exhibit her artwork as part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's National Art Show. The exhibit opens on September 21st and runs through October 27th.
Excitement, energy and enthusiasm filled the Saddle River Day School campus on opening day, boasting a record enrollment that is the highest it has been in the last 10 years.
The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start, boasting a record enrollment that is the highest it has been in the last 10 years. The excitement for a new year, filled with promise, can be felt everywhere on campus!
Ruthie graduated from St. Andrews this past Spring as one of only three students with an Honours Dual Degree in Biology and Psychology.
Congratulations to Michaela McMahon ‘18 who made the U19 USA Women’s Lacrosse Team
Ami traveled with her mother, Dr. Saraswati Dayal, to engage in volunteer medical service
The strength of college guidance at SRDS is in the care and attention given to each student and family. At SRDS, our families receive expert college guidance that gives our students an advantage in the college admissions process.
Innovative Curriculum @ SRDS Continues to Move Full "STEAM" Ahead
Upper School Students Travel Off Campus for Spring Career Day
The RoboRebels @ SRDS experienced a successful initial year!
SRDS students were tasked with representing the interests of Costa Rica and Kuwait.
Eleventh graders at Saddle River Day School put their advanced math skills to the test.
Kayla begins her semester in the Colin Powell School for Civic & Global Leadership program.
The theme for this year's awards ceremony was “Building Bridges: A Path to the Future.”
Michele Sidor drained a left-wing three to become the fourth girls basketball player in New Jersey history to eclipse 3,000 points.
Sixteen Upper and Middle School students have been cast for the SRDS musical "Freaky Friday" that will open in March.
Computer Science Education Week engaged Saddle River Day students schoolwide in multiple tech options as part of an international technology education program.
For four days, Upper School students experienced a wide variety of "mini-course" offerings.
Michelle Sidor broke Anne Donovan's Bergen County all-time scoring record with 3-pointer against Teaneck.
Threes for Sandy Hook benefit games still offer healing through sports.
Innovative student experiences continue @SRDS.
Four student-athletes signed their Letters of Intent on National Signing Day.
NorthJersey.com high school sports columnist Darren Cooper writes about the second annual "Open Gym" at SRDS... and what college coaches REALLY want in their players.
Students from the 6th and 7th grades visited the JCC in Tarrytown, NY on Thursday, September 13th to participate in a social action project with the AFYA Foundation.
A hard-working crew including the technology department and student interns continued preparation all summer for the opening of school.
This summer, Upper School students took the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through internships in a variety of fields.
While many of us have been enjoying the summer relaxing and recharging, the SRDS faculty has been hard at work attending learning opportunities in their respective academic fields.