Top Private Middle School Programs in New Haven County: An Overview.

Have you been looking around to see what the next educational step might be for your eleven to twelve-year-old child, a soon-to-be middle schooler?

While there are a number of excellent public school options in the New Haven area, some families may find that an independent school is a better fit for their child.

If this is the case, you need to really consider what kind of learning environment would be the best fit for your child.  

If you’ve already decided that a private school is likely to be the best option for your family, you need to really consider what kind of learning environment would be the best fit for your child.  

The middle school years are tough enough to begin with, and you want your child to be able to thrive. Would he/she do best in a traditional, academically challenging environment? Or maybe a more hands-on, flexible school would work better.

How important are tests to you, and what is your child’s learning style?  

In New Haven County, Connecticut, there are a wide variety of middle school programs to choose from.

Private school is a significant investment, and you want to know what you’re getting for your money.  The average private school tuition in Connecticut is $16,375 for elementary schools and $32,125 for high schools, and the average acceptance rate in Connecticut is 69%.

To help get you started, we’ll give you the basics on some of the most popular middle school programs in New Haven County.  Later, you’ll learn a little bit about ATLAS Middle School, a new, progressive middle school opening up in the fall of 2019.


The following list includes nonsectarian, co-ed, day school programs only:

Hopkins School

Address: 986 Forest Road, New Haven, CT

Grades:   7-12

Description: Hopkins seeks to develop in young people the habits of mind of scholars as the foundation for a lifelong love of learning; foster the courage to live and think as distinct individuals who embrace their responsibilities in the larger world; expose every student to the deep satisfaction that derives from service to others; enlarge the educational experience to include the creative joy and aesthetic sensibility of the artist, and the vitality and competitive spirit of the athlete; provide, through the School’s advisers, the wisdom and goodwill necessary to guide young people to confident self-reliance; and nurture the development of character essential to leading a rich and purposeful life.

Student/Faculty ratio: 6 to 1
Total Students: 705 students 
Average class size: 12 student

2018-19 Tuition



Foote School

Address: 50 Loomis Place, New Haven, CT
Grades: Grades K – 9

Description: The Foote School nurtures a lifelong love of learning and teaching and fosters a commitment to excellence in its students and faculty. Teachers lead children to ask questions and discover connections; to think and work independently, collaboratively and creatively; and to learn by doing. The Foote School community values each child and appreciates differences and challenges prejudice while giving students the skills to explore the world with joy and purpose.

Student/Faculty ratio: 6 to 1
Total Students:  484 students
Average class size:  17 students

2018-19 Tuition
Grades 6–9: $30,100



FlexSchool New Haven

Address: 97 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT
Grades: 5-12

Description: FlexSchool is the learning community for gifted and twice-exceptional students. FlexSchool is specifically and thoughtfully designed for students who are dyslexic, dysgraphic, ADHD, gifted, highly gifted, profoundly gifted or belong to the neurodivergent community for a reason not listed here and traditional school environments have not been a good fit. Grades 5-12 and post-graduate

FlexSchool’s mission is to create learning spaces where gifted and twice-exceptional students all over the world are accepted, valued, and supported.

Student/Faculty ratio: 4 to 1
Total Students: 12 students
Average class size: 1 students

2018-19 Tuition
$37,250  per year for middle school



Hamden Hall

Address: Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT
Grades: Preschool – Grade 12

Description: Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth. 575 Students from 45 communities and eight foreign countries

Student/Faculty ratio: 8 to 1
Total Students:  580
Average class size:   13

2018-19 Tuition

Grades 7-8   –      $34,700




Address: 28 School Street, Branford, CT

Grades: 5-8

Description: CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) A Middle School that Makes a Difference. Designed to empower youth, CELC`s curriculum offers innovative opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Presenting young people with the chance to interact through genuine experience prompts thoughtfulness and common sense. There is room for discussion, logic, imagination, and experimentation as uncertainty and shyness move towards confidence and accomplishment. Authentic new learning is supported each day, serving as a bridge to give the academic and developmental needs a place to emerge, grow, and flourish.

Student/Faculty ratio: 3 to 1
Students: 25 students
Average class size: 8 students

2018-19 Tuition



The Country School

Address: 341 Opening Hill Road, Madison, CT

Grades: PK – 8

Description: The Country School, a private day school in Madison, Connecticut, is a dynamic learning community where students in PreSchool through Grade 8 are encouraged to reach their highest, not only in school but also in life. At The Country School, learning comes alive each day through hands-on exploration and discovery. Inspired teachers, small class sizes, and a culture that fosters a feeling of family allow for strong bonds to develop between students and teachers, so when students are tasked with trying something new — whether it’s learning a math formula or scaling a rock face on an outdoor education trip — they face the challenge with confidence and determination.

Student/Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Total # of Students: 214
Average class size: 15 students

2018-19 Tuition

Grades 6-8: $30,940


Now that you know a little bit about the middle school offerings in New Haven County, Connecticut, you’ve got some tools for comparison. Of course, the best way to form an opinion is to go and visit each school and meet the people who your child would be learning from.
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If You’re Looking for a Better Fit: ATLAS Middle School

if your child is looking for an alternative to a traditional classroom, or who learns best in a small group environment with lots of hands-on learning, you may want to consider a new school that’s opening in New Haven, in the fall of 2019. ATLAS Middle School is located at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, offering 7th & 8th-grade students experiential, arts-based learning, social-emotional development and a strong sense of community. This small, progressive, middle school will help students evolve into independent thinkers and active learners, promoting social, emotional, intellectual, creative and physical development along the way. Applications for 7th grade, 2019 are being accepted now. Apply here.

At ATLAS, students direct their own learning by running all aspects of a theatre company, including production, performance, budget and marketing, using the process to explore essential questions in literature, science, history, math, and beyond.

But ATLAS isn’t just for kids who are interested in theatre. It’s for all kinds of middle schoolers who are curious, creative and love to learn. As students work together, they gain valuable organization and leadership skills. ATLAS is a pioneering middle school model designed to meet the needs of 21st-century learners. To find out more about ATLAS, visit or bring your eleven to twelve-year-old to attend an experiential workshop on Saturday, December 1, 9 am – 12 pm at Neighborhood Music School, for a sampling of activities that would take place in the average day at ATLAS. Parents can attend an admissions Tea & Tour session, which is offered each Thursday at 2 pm, led by one of the ATLAS Directors. Please RSVP for either activity to [email protected].

No matter where your student goes to school, supplement their academic learning with the fantastic after-school music or dance programs offered at Neighborhood Music School