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Why Peck?


At Peck, your child can be a child for just a little longer.

From the very start, your child will find their place not just in the classroom or grade, but as a treasured, vital part of the Peck family. And their middle school years aren‘t simply a prelude to high school, but yield rich capstone and leadership experiences that prepare them for life itself. Our small-scaled K-8 program provides your child with role models worth following—and over time, equips each with the strength to lead.

Childhood | Honored

The Peck School honors the simple joys of childhood—and provides a haven where your child can be a child just a little longer. Our carefully crafted, intentionally modeled, K-8 program enriches your child’s experience with both time-tested methods and time-honored traditions. Your child finds a place in a community where school culture still trumps pop culture, and where they can grow into their full potential without growing up too soon.

Inquiry | Energized

The Peck curriculum nourishes curiosity by posing essential questions at every grade level. We start by helping your child lay a stable scholarly foundation in an academic atmosphere that values focus, self-discipline, commitment, and reflection. We also infuse your child’s studies with fresh energy, engagement, and excitement.  Immersed in active learning and thought-provoking projects, your child develops the creativity and optimism to find their place in a changing world.

Family | Refashioned

Families who happen to share the same family school coalesce into a true school family. We maintain our family-style dining tradition because it gives students a seat at the table with the adults and peers who share their school lives—and makes them feel seen, heard, and loved by peers and teachers across all grade levels. Around a Peck dining table, schoolmates become lifelong friends, and warm memories are forged to bind your child to her sound foundations forever.


Leadership | Learned

By the time your child reaches eighth grade, they have grown into a buddy, a leader, a helper, and an advocate for themselves and others. Our intimate, carefully interlaced K-8 program provides children with role-models worth following—and equips them over time with the strength to lead. From the earliest opportunities to perform and read publicly in Kindergarten, through public speaking classes in sixth grade, and the milestone Capstone Project in eighth grade, students build self-confidence and a comportment that will serve them well for life.

Creativity | Reimagined

At Peck, your child benefits from the cultural literacy and creative empowerment that accompanies early immersion in both a strong, traditional arts program, as well as an opportunity to explore the wider art of making. Students are welcomed into a community of artists, actors, and musicians, where the arts are valued and celebrated as children reap the innate emotional and intellectual benefits of self-expression. While your child works through real-world problems, they craft concrete solutions and build tangible answers--bringing facts, theories, and principles to vivid life.

Character | Recast

At Peck, we teach composure and conscientiousness – not because polite behavior is an end in itself, but because it is one way we express our deep and genuine regard for others. Day by day as our students learn to extend and expect care and consideration, they develop trust in our consistently kind community. Our Kindergarten Buddy Program, Reach Across Activities, Kairos Days, World Cultures Nights, and events throughout the year nurture a dynamic empathy that stretches well past Peck and fosters great depth of character.


Sportsmanship | Underscored

Our K-8 sports and physical education program is rooted in the concepts of character, teamwork, and sportsmanship. From the third grade on, your child participates in team sports (with interscholastic competition beginning in the fifth grade), while at the same time developing individual discipline and personal perseverance. Your child embraces the importance of collaboration, of winning humbly and losing gracefully, and they extend support and camaraderie not just to their own teammates and coaches, but to every opponent they face.

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247 South Street  |  Morristown, NJ  07960
Northern New Jersey's timeless and transformative co-ed independent elementary and middle school education for grades K-8.