Head of School Welcome
Unwavering in its 125-year commitment to developing each student’s individual strengths, MBS is unique in its history and mission. Our outstanding, highly professional faculty are deeply invested in guiding students to reach their potential in the context of a life of balance and authentic learning and by harmonizing academic rigor with moral and ethical development. With small class sizes and individualized instruction, we have the ability to connect personally and intellectually with each MBS student in an intimate and inspiring academic setting.
The present Morristown-Beard School is the result of a merger between two independent schools with long histories in this part of New Jersey. In 1971 the all-boys Morristown Prep School and the all-girls Beard School (originally located in Orange), both founded in 1891, joined to form today’s MBS, occupying the present campus. We draw upon the long and proud traditions of these two schools as we embrace the future, attending to the learning, social and emotional needs of both boys and girls and preparing them for academic and personal success in a 21st-century global community.
Head of School Peter Caldwell delivers monthly “Bench Talks” as a way to share his philosophy and vision for the School. The talks are forthright, sincere, personal, universal, and often humorous, drawing on current topics, popular culture, classic literature, and family stories.
Head of School Caldwell first thought of the Bench Talks when he read about the “Tree Speeches” which were delivered at graduation at Miss Beard’s School.
The Bench Talks not only illuminate the Values of Morristown-Beard School, they also pay tribute to its history.
In his office, Peter Caldwell has a hand-carved bench—a gift from his wife, Darcy, that was inspired by the Bench Talks. The bench is hewn from a Vermont maple tree that had grown on the mountain where the Caldwell family lived, and is a reminder of multigenerational family hikes, outdoor work and the beauty of nature. The bench invites contemplation and has become a gift to the entire MBS community.