Headmaster Peter J Caldwell

I'd like to introduce you briefly to Morristown-Beard School—a coeducational independent school, grades six through twelve—and to invite you to learn about and explore our wonderful campus and academic program, which offers a rigorous educational experience within a warm and inclusive community.

Unwavering in its 125-year commitment to nurturing students' individual strengths, MBS is unique in its history and mission. We are deeply invested in pushing students to reach their potential within a life of balance and authentic learning. Morristown-Beard draws the best out of its students by harmonizing academic rigor with moral and ethical development. With small class sizes and individualized instruction, we have a unique opportunity to connect personally and intellectually in an intimate and inspiring academic setting.

A 1971 merger of a former all-boys school (Morristown Prep) and a former all-girls school (the Beard School), MBS offers a co-ed learning environment that draws upon the proud tradition of its roots. We pride ourselves in understanding the specific learning styles of both boys and girls as we prepare them for academic and personal success in a 21st-century global community.

Headmaster Peter J Caldwell talks with new members of the MBS community

Founded in the late 19th century by three Harvard men and three pioneering women, all sisters, MBS is the fruit of inspired collaborative effort over the last two centuries. In tune with its founders, MBS has retained its commitment to guiding its students toward a life of contribution and fulfillment. Nestled next to Frelinghuysen Arboretum but with easy access to Route 287, MBS draws from 90 communities within a radius of about 25 miles. On a campus that is "always sunny," we offer a full athletics program; a vigorous performing, visual, and digital arts curriculum; and a forward-thinking, technologically-enhanced academic program, all steeped in the timeless principles of civility and a commitment to service.

Even in 1891, our two founding institutions defied cultural trends by focusing broadly on the values and skills necessary for a fulfilled life, and we still do so today. I encourage you to visit us on campus to experience first hand this sanctuary of intellectual curiosity and personal growth.

With warm regards,

Peter J. Caldwell, Headmaster

Bench Talks

Headmaster 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 Headmaster Caldwell’s family stories.

The Bench Talks not only illuminate the Values of Morristown-Beard School, they also pay tribute to its history. Headmaster Caldwell first thought of the Bench Talks when he read about the “Tree Speeches” which were delivered at graduation at Miss Beard’s School.

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.