Since 1746, Princeton’s primary business has been education. The university is now among the foremost in the world. Adjacent to this Ivy League school sit the Princeton Theological Seminary (affiliated with the Presbyterian Church), and the Institute for Advanced Study, built to lure Einstein to Princeton. Also in town is Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
The Princeton Regional School District, serving a diverse population of approximately 3,100 students, encompasses: four elementary schools (K-5,), one elementary charter school (K-5), one middle school (6-8,) and one high school, all recently enlarged and renovated. Enrollment in the district schools grows by about a hundred students annually. Princeton High School is among the top-ranked secondary schools in New Jersey. Eighty-five percent of its graduates go on to higher education.
The area is also rich in private schools providing pre-school, elementary, and/or secondary education. The list of private schools includes:
- The Princeton Friends School, co-ed, Quaker, Pre-K through 8.
- Princeton Montessori School, co-ed, Infant through 8.
- The Waldorf School of Princeton, a Rudolph Steiner School, co-ed, Infant through 8.
- Chapin School, co-ed, Pre-K through 8.
- Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, all boys, Catholic, pre-K through 8.
- The French American School of Princeton, co-ed, K through 8, instruction in French and English.
- St. Paul School, co-ed, Catholic, K through 8.
- Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, all girls, Catholic, pre- K through 12, college prep 9-12.
- Princeton Day School (PDS), co-ed, K through 12, college prep 9-12.
- The Lewis School, co-ed, K-12, college prep, for dyslexic and learning-different students.
- The Hun School of Princeton, co-ed, 6 through 12, college prep, boarding for grades 9-12.
- The Lawrenceville School, co-ed, 9 through 12 and a post-grad year, college prep, boarding and day.
The Princeton area also boasts 23 day-care and pre-school centers and 4 special-education centers.