The Decker family began their Peck journey with a simple question to their realtor when they moved to Morris Township from New York City in 2000. They asked, “What is the best school in the area?” Their realtor, without a moment of hesitation, said “The Peck School.”
“We wanted to find a school where our children could be both academically challenged and simultaneously encouraged to be creative. The Peck School met this dual requirement better than we could have ever imagined,” explained Zheng Song-Decker and Nick Decker.
After they settled in to their new home, the Deckers found out that their neighbors Steve and Barbara Boyd had two Peck graduates at home. During neighborhood walks, the Boyds could not be more complimentary of Peck. Their goal was set—they wanted their children to attend The Peck School.
Eldest daughter Nicolette was accepted in 2007, and the Decker family journey at Peck began. That journey would have a major detour when, in 2008, after just one memorable year in Kindergarten, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arose to move their entire family to China for four years. As Nick Decker noted, “Leaving Peck was extremely difficult; we already felt a strong connection with the Peck community.”
The Deckers spent the next four years living in Beijing. In 2012, they began the process of returning and were thrilled to learn that Peck had spots for both of their daughters for the fall of that year. They resettled in a new home in Mendham.
Since their return, the Deckers share three success stories. “Our wonderful niece also joined Peck in 2013 and went on to attend Phillips Andover Academy. Our older daughter Nicolette graduated from Peck and went on to attend Choate Rosemary Hall, and our younger daughter Adia is thriving in Peck’s seventh grade. Our children love the community, teachers and the learning experience at Peck,” said Nick Decker.