Boston Moms Guide to Private Schools + Preschools

Open houses, application deadlines, the right fit, OH MY!

If you are going through the daunting task of trying to pick a preschool or a private school, we’re here for you! We’ve put together a fantastic list of preschools and private schools in Boston and beyond. There’s something for everyone here, and we hope it helps you figure out what is best for you and your family!

This Guide is sponsored by the incredible private schools and preschools featured below.


There is something truly magical about seeing a child excited about going to school and learning. With Delphi Academy of Boston, your kids loving school is no longer just a hope for the future but a sure reality of the present.

The way students are taught at Delphi Academy is what makes the school unique. In each classroom you can see the fostering of self-confidence and independence. Delphi Academy strives to ensure each child reaches their full potential.

Get more information on this unique approach, and contact Delphi Academy today!

564 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186


The Pine Village Preschool mission is to educate and nurture each child’s individuality within a culturally diverse, bilingual community so that every child develops a true passion for learning and an ability to engage in any environment and community.

Founded in 2001, Pine Village Preschool offers Spanish immersion preschool for ages 15 months through pre-K, providing parents of toddlers and preschoolers a modern approach to child development. In the Pine Village Preschool program, the seeds of creativity, acceptance, and inclusion are planted and encouraged to grow.

Pine Village has 10 locations throughout the greater Boston area: Brookline, Brighton, Needham, Newton Highlands, West Newton, South End, Porter Square, Kendall Square, and two in Jamaica Plain. Please visit the Pine Village website for more information.

10 locations in the Boston area!


Dedham Country Day School

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Dedham Country Day believes balance matters — in learning and life. DCD combines academic challenge with support, pedagogical tradition with innovation. Strong scholastics together with outstanding arts, athletics, and service-learning create a program that is balanced and whole. Children learn who they are as diverse individuals and how to be part of something bigger. At DCD, a premium is placed on both academic and emotional intelligence. For 117 years, DCD has been welcoming young children, passionate teachers, and committed families to its pre-kindergarten through grade 8 learning community. Though DCD may look a bit different this fall to keep its community safe and healthy, the school’s ability to deliver a DCD education reflective of its mission remains unchanged — they are ready and resilient. Visit the Dedham Country Day website for a schedule of virtual events and live connections to get to know the DCD community!

90 Sandy Valley Road
Dedham, MA 02026


Bay Farm Montessori Academy


Bay Farm Montessori Academy is an independent Montessori school in Duxbury, MA, serving children ages 12 months to 14 years. Bay Farm offers strong academic programs rooted in Montessori philosophy that inspire children to grow with joy, purpose, and compassion. The school’s well-rounded academic curriculum and hands-on learning develop the skills and experience that enable its students to emerge as self-confident learners and leaders upon graduation. Bay Farm‘s nine-acre campus allows for in-person learning with safe practices as it relates to COVID-19. Students will have plenty of classroom space for physical distancing, outdoor classroom activities, access to handwashing stations, as well as the technology needed for Bay Farm at Home online learning in the event of a mandated school closure. To learn more about Bay Farm’s philosophy and its various programs, visit

145 Loring Street
Duxbury, MA 02332


Tenacre Country Day School

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Tenacre is a welcoming, coed school community for students from pre-kindergarten through grade 6. Our Wellesley location is easily accessible from many metro Boston communities. Our mission is simple: Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day. We are dedicated to delivering our curriculum in any learning situation. Our small size and our dedication to the elementary years focuses on building a critical foundation for future successes academically, emotionally, socially, and morally in children. We want to do more than raise test scores, we want to expand horizons, spark curiosity, and build character.

78 Benvenue Street
Wellesley, MA 02482


Notre Dame Academy, Hingham


Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, educates and empowers young women in grades 7–12. Notre Dame Academy is an academically rigorous learning community that cultivates life-long learners, critical thinkers, and open-minded leaders committed to social justice. Following guidelines for returning to school, NDA will open for full-time, in-person learning in September. To reopen responsibly, every member of the community must do their part to abide by new protocols that will allow everyone to learn and lead together while preserving the health and safety of all.

1073 Main Street
Hingham, MA 02043


Why choose a private school?

  • Low student-teacher ratios
  • Academic excellence
  • Freedom from state standards/school autonomy
  • Opportunity to choose a school that aligns with your family’s beliefs, philosophy, and values
  • Legacy
  • Excellent teachers
  • Inclusiveness
  • Community

Important Considerations

Cost: What is the tuition range your family is comfortable with? Is financial aid going to be important to your family? If so, does the school you are interested in offer aid?

Correct fit: Does the mission of this school align with your family’s values?

Admissions criteria: Are you prepared to fulfill all the requirements for the application process?

Financial Aid

Each school has its own process for determining financial aid packages. If you are interested in a private school but aren’t sure you can afford the cost, we encourage you to inquire with the school directly!

Other helpful links:

About Financial Aid
Tax Benefits for Education

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