Blue Rock School

  • Blue Rock is lower Hudson Valley`s only progressive, independent day school for grades K-8.
  • Founded in 1987 to provide an alternative and holistic educational experience, Blue Rock offers a hands-on and experiential environment.
  • In small class settings, children follow their natural curiosity and innate love of learning.
  • Critical thinking, collaboration and creativity is encouraged, as students engage in a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and discovery-based curriculum infused with the arts, nature, and play.

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School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
Other school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded 1987

Student Body

Total Students 89 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
23%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Blue Rock School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
90%
Average Class Size 11 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $20,800
Tuition Notes Tuition for half day Kindergarten is $12,500 and tuition for full day students from K-8th grade is $20,800
% on Financial Aid
49%
Admissions Director Beverly Stycos

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Guitar Lessons, Horseback Riding, Karate Club, Sewing Club Guitar Lessons, Karate Club, Sewing Club, Horseback Riding,

School Notes

  • Blue Rock provides an alternative and more holistic educational experience. Offering a hands-on, experiential approach and unique learning environment to encourage children to follow their own natural curiosity and innate love of learning. Small class settings engage children in a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and discovery-based curriculum infused with the arts, nature, and play, while encouraging critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
  • Practicing a commitment to civil discourse and global community, students actively engage in an educational environment which fosters respect, harmony and an understanding and appreciation of the diversity. Social Learning and positive communication skills are embedded into our curriculum. Students learn that conflict and resolution are important and meaningful parts of successful coexistence, as natural moments of disagreement are used to deepen understanding and hone listening skills.
  • Our exceptionally talented and committed teachers consciously choose to teach in an environment where the relationship to the students is at the center and the bridge from which curriculum and academic/artistic achievement are reached.The majority of teachers have Masters degrees in education, as well as additional degrees in Special Education and the Arts. All our teachers hold in common an open and questioning attitude toward the art of education, and that learning is a lifetime journey.
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School Reviews

5  2/24/2015
My children attend Blue Rock School ranging from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade and I am more impressed each year with the focus and passion of the teachers and administrators. My kids are out doors for recess for an hour each day! They love going to school, they enjoy learning, and I feel that they are being educated in a way that acknowledges the effects of body and soul on the intellectual life of a child. If you are looking for an option that will support your child in every possible way you can imagine, Blue Rock School is your place.
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