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Stuart Country Day School

Stuart Country Day School
1200 Stuart Road
Princeton, New Jersey Mercer County, 08540
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1963
Principal Dr. Trisha Medeiros (Upper)
Mr. Robert Missonis (Middle)
Ms. Michelle Dowling (Lower)
Head of School Patricia L. Fagin, Ph.D.
Faculty 69.8 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades PS12
Enrollment 446 (in K-12, plus 42 in Pre-K) (2009-10)
Student to teacher ratio 6.4:1[1]
Color(s) Green and Purple         
Athletics conference New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Mascot Stuie the Deer
Team name Tartans
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication The Thistle (literary/art magazine)
Newspaper The Tartan
Yearbook La Source
Tuition $10,000-$15,000 Pre-School
$18,700 Jr Kindergarten
$23,775 K-3
$24,545 4-5
$26,915 6-8
$29,165 9-12
Business Manager Rose Neubert
Admissions Director Kyle Z. Morse
Athletic Director Kim Ciarrocca

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is an independent all-girls Catholic country day school located in Princeton, New Jersey, that serves students from pre-school through grade 12. Stuart is divided into a co-educational Pre-School and Junior Kindergarten, a Lower School for kindergarten through grade 5, a Middle School for grades 6 through 8, and an Upper School for grades 9 through 12. The school was named for Janet Erskine Stuart. It operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.[3]

As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 446 students (plus 42 in Pre-K), 69.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis) and a student–teacher ratio of 6.1:1.[1]

Stuart Country Day School has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1991.[2] It is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.[4]


Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart was founded in 1963 and named for Mother Janet Stuart by a group of women who wished to establish a Sacred Heart school for girls in Princeton, New Jersey. With the help of the Society of the Sacred Heart and local friends, a large tract of woodlands was purchased on The Great Road, and Professor Jean Labatut of Princeton University was appointed architect for the project.


Dedication to service is an integral part of Stuart's foundation and a Sacred Heart education. Created to help students understand the needs of their community and actively respond, the Stuart Community Service Program provides rewarding life experiences that become positive forces in every student's life. All students in the Upper School have an ongoing community service requirement of 50 hours per year. During a student's four years in the Upper School, she spends a minimum of two years working on a community service project outside of school and a minimum of one year involved with the economically and/or socially disadvantaged.

Academic requirements are as follows:

Graduation Requirements (Upper School)
  • 6 trimesters of Religious Studies
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of the same Foreign Language
  • 2 years of History
  • 3 years of Mathematics
  • 2 years of Lab Science
  • 1 year or equivalent of Fine Arts (Art, Music, Drama)
  • 2 years of Physical Education
  • 2 trimesters of Health
  • 1 trimester of Computer Science

Each student must take a minimum of six courses each trimester, and no more than seven.


Stuart is an academically demanding school, and all teachers have very high standards for their students' work. Stuart also offers Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses in a number of fields, including AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Literature, AP French Literature, AP Latin Literature, AP Latin: Virgil, AP Studio Art and AP Music Theory.

Students who enroll in an AP class at Stuart are required to take the AP examination in May. Students enrolling in AP Physics C take both the Mechanics and Electromagnetism portions in the same year. Most commonly, those who took the Honors Pre-calculus class enroll in AP Calculus BC while those in the regular Pre-calculus class enroll in AP Calculus AB.

99% of Stuart graduates immediately go on to enroll in a 4-year college. The Class of 2008 had 28% of its graduating class matriculate to Ivy League schools.

In the Upper School there are wide variety of clubs and student organizations for students to participate in, including Student Government, Mock trial, Model United Nations/Model Congress, Harry Potter Club, Science Bowl, Dance Society, DAYS Club, Tartan Tones Musical Group, Tartan Tones Select, The Tartan Newspaper, LaSource Yearbook, Spirit Committee, Thistle Literary Magazine, Mu Alpha Theta, Young Democrats/Republicans, South Asian Society (SAMOSA), Social Committee, Campus Ministry, Film Society, Amnesty International and Admissions Committee. Students from Stuart also participate in the JETS competition and the New Jersey Science League.

Athletic Teams

Stuart offers sports teams in the Middle School and the Upper School, the mascot being the deer because when the founders first looked at the property, they saw a deer drinking from the stream in the current "Reflection Garden". Upper School sports teams include:

Fall Sports:

  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Tennis

Winter Sports:

  • Squash
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball

Spring Sports:

  • Track and Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf

Although Stuart's offering of athletic teams is limited, student athletes represent the school in competitions for winter track, swimming, and other sports. All students who try out for a team are accepted to either the Varsity or Junior Varsity team, no one is cut completely from participation.

Led by coach Katie Grant, the 2007 field hockey team won the Mercer County Tournament and shared the state Prep championship after a 2-2 tie with Lawrenceville School.[5][6] The team won the Mercer County tourney over top-seeded Allentown High School in 2005, its first title since 1995 and the team's first unshared championship.[7]

The tennis team won the 2005 Prep B championship.[8]

The cross country team won the state Prep B championship in 2005 under the guidance of coach Robert Abdullah, marking their fourth consecutive title.[9] In 2007, Abdullah's track and field team won its sixth consecutive Prep B title.[10]

In 2008, the lacrosse team defeated Rutgers Preparatory School by a score of 16-8 to win its fourth consecutive Prep B championship.[11] Aiming for a fifth consecutive title in 2009, Stuart lost to Morristown-Beard School in overtime, by a final score of 13-10.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Stuart Country Day School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools . Accessed June 21, 2011.
  3. ^ School Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. Accessed July 23, 2012.
  4. ^ School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  5. ^ Alden, Bill. "Johnson’s Speed Makes a Big Difference as Stuart Field Hockey Shares Prep Crown", Town Topics (newspaper), November 7, 2007. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Last Sunday, Johnson, who has won several state Prep B sprint titles for the Stuart track team, was at full speed as the Tartans battled visiting Lawrenceville in the state Prep title game.... But the efforts of Johnson and her teammates weren’t enough to break the deadlock and the game ended in a 2-2 tie with the teams being named co-champions."
  6. ^ O'Gorman, Joe. "Grant steps down as Stuart's coach", The Trentonian, July 5, 2010. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  7. ^ Alden, Bill. "Stuart Field Hockey Topples Allentown To Earn First-Ever Outright MCT Crown", Town Topics (newspaper), November 2, 2005. Accessed June 22, 2011. "It was the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) field hockey final matching the area's top guns with second-seeded Stuart Country Day (15-0-1) duelling top-seeded Allentown (14-0).... Offensive star Bruvik cited the team's speed and transition game as factors that made the difference as Stuart won its first outright MCT title, having shared the 1995 crown with Nottingham."
  8. ^ Athletics, Stuart Country Day School. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  9. ^ Alden, Bill. "With Levitt Producing Sparkling Finale, Stuart Cross Country Wins 4th Prep B", Town Topics (newspaper), November 9, 2005. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Sasha Levitt felt uneasy as she rode on the van last Wednesday to the state Prep B championship meet, the last competition of her career on the Stuart Country Day cross country team.... Levitt followed that advice to the letter as she ended her career with a bang, placing fourth in the individual standings to help the Tartans take their fourth straight title."
  10. ^ Alden, Bill. "Stuart Track Wins 6th Straight Prep B, Sparked by Seniors, Johnson's Sprinting", Town Topics (newspaper), May 23, 2007. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  11. ^ Alden, Bill. "Triggered by Passano’s Passing Game, Stuart Lax Rolls to 4th Prep B Title", Town Topics, May 21, 2008. Accessed June 21, 2011. "The junior star for the Stuart Country Day lacrosse team came into last Wednesday’s state Prep B title game against Rutgers Prep with 47 goals.But it was Passano’s passing that helped Stuart achieve its goal of winning a fourth straight Prep B championship. Displaying superb field vision, Passano triggered the Tartan attack, passing for six assists as Stuart pulled away to a 16-8 win over the visiting Argonauts."
  12. ^ Staff. "Girls lacrosse: Leeds shows way in OT for Mo-Beard", Daily Record (Morristown), May 9, 2009. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Junior attack Courtney Leeds' goal 27 seconds into overtime proved to be the game-winner when Morristown-Beard defeated Stuart Country Day 13-10 in the Prep B Girls Lacrosse final on Friday."

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