Founded on the premise that all children deserve a high-quality education, Waterside School is a PK-5th grade independent school in Stamford, Connecticut serving children and families regardless of limitations in income or circumstance. Inspiring students of academic promise and families deeply invested in their children’s success, Waterside provides a transformational school experience: through a rigorous program of study and character education, the school empowers its students with the knowledge, skills, and virtues required to excel as scholars; gain access to superior academic opportunities; and become the leaders of tomorrow. Each morning, students proclaim, “Today, we promise to work hard, be kind, and respect learning.” Everyone affiliated with Waterside is driven by a culture of high standards, hard work, and a relentless commitment to excellence. Admissions to Waterside changes the trajectory of children’s lives.
Founded in 2001, the school currently serves 150 students, 91% of color, and almost entirely from families with limited financial means. Waterside was designed to provide a direct path for admission to the area’s most competitive independent schools. It holds ...a mandatory five-week summer school and provides extensive programming for alumni to ensure they are college and career ready; 93% of Waterside’s graduates have earned admission to leading colleges and universities. Waterside currently operates on an annual budget of approximately $4M and has an endowment of $46M. Waterside families pay only what they can afford; tuition revenues account for 7% of the School’s budget.