Darrow School

Tel: (518)794-6000
Grades: 9-12 | 117 students
The close, connected campus, the size of the community, and the structure of the daily schedule ensure that students connect, participate, and feel appreciated as individuals.
The close, connected campus, the size of the community, and the structure of the daily schedule ensure that students connect, participate, and feel appreciated as individuals.
Darrow's hands-on program encompasses all areas of the students' academic experience and is focused on developing college-level skills, real-world application of ideas, and an appreciation for sustainability.
With its roots in Darrow's Shaker heritage, their unique Hands-to-Work program is grounded in purposeful work and the rewards of cooperative effort to benefit the Darrow community. Every Wednesday at Darrow, some 20 Hands-to-Work crews of students undertake a variety of tasks.
Sustainability is a theme integrated into all the disciplines, at all levels of the Darrow curriculum. To help students better understand the complexity of environmental, social, and economic issues, it is incorporated into the Hands-to-Work, Community Service, and Spring Term programs.
Darrow students also have many opportunities to express their creativity in the arts. Students who substitute theater for an athletic activity meet daily for two hours at the end of the academic day. In addition to acting, students construct sets and work backstage on props, costumes, lighting, and stage management on three major productions each year.
Darrow's One-on-One Tutorial Program is designed to motivate and support students in producing high quality academic work through a collaborative process of feedback and frequent assessment of their skills as learners, writers, and problem solvers.
As beautiful as it is functional, the 12,000 sq. ft. Joline Arts Center provides studio and lab spaces for a broad range of fine arts programming, including classrooms and studios specifically designed for painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, and woodworking. It also includes gallery spaces, seminar rooms, and a graphic design lab.
Darrow School athletics are dedicated to encouraging teamwork skill development for athletes of all skill levels. As with many other aspects of Darrow life, students are afforded many leadership opportunities through the sports program.
Darrow has a 100% college acceptance rate, with graduates attending small liberal arts colleges, dedicated art schools, larger universities, and Ivy League schools.
Darrow is a member of the Hudson Valley Athletic League, competing against many other boarding and day schools in several sports throughout the year.
"Living, working, learning in the classroom and beyond..." This motto describes the Darrow experience, and the School has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of hands-on learning for more than 70 years.
We seek students who will appreciate our comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum and the small tight-knit community that defines our school, offering valuable support and a safe environment.
Darrow provides the right mix of challenging curriculum, structure, encouragement, and strength of community, where students reach their full potential as motivated, thriving, college-bound learners.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences, ADHD
Year Founded 1932

Student Body

Total Students 117 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Darrow School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 9 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $54,700
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Betsy Strickler
Admissions Associate Lorrie Wechter


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, WeightliftingAlpine SkiingBasketball,
Cross CountryLacrosse,
Ultimate FrisbeeWeightlifting,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Peer Counselors, Student Government, Theater, Yearbook Theater, Yearbook, Peer Counselors,
Student Government,

School Notes

  • Darrow School: Hands-on Education for More Than 80 Years
  • Darrow School, an independent, co-ed, boarding and day school in New Lebanon, NY, offers a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum with a range of courses in writing and literature, history, languages, mathematics, sciences, and the arts.
  • Strong critical thinking and writing skills are emphasized in all subject areas. Students learn within an atmosphere that supports the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, individual creativity, and the joy of learning.
  • The School has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of "hands-on learning," and Darrow teachers use real-world topics and a dynamic approach to capture the imagination and make the subject matter come alive.
  • The beautiful mountainside campus is located on the site of the historic Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village, and Darrow continues to embrace the Shaker legacy of sustainability and stewardship.
  • An important feature of the academic program is its focus on environmental, social, and economic resources, and students discover the value of finding balance within one's self, the community, and global society. The National Association of Independent Schools recognized the excellence of the School's Sustainability Program in February 2005 with a Leading Edge Honoree Award for curriculum innovation.
  • Darrow's small classes, averaging nine students, afford everyone the chance to participate. Because Darrow is a small boarding school, with a 4-to-1 student-teacher ratio, there is an opportunity for strong connections between students and teachers. Teachers get to know students well, and expectations are high. They spur students to do their best in classes, athletics, and co-curricular activities.
  • The substantive nature and climate of Darrow School offer students a setting where their abilities can prosper, and the School's distinctive educational philosophy is suited to all learning styles. At Darrow, students reach their full potential as motivated, thriving, college-bound learners with a greater understanding of themselves and the world.
  • To learn more about Darrow School, contact Betsy Strickler, Director of Admission, at 518-794-6006 or visit www.darrowschool.org.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

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As a student and orientation leader, I have some incredible memories of my time spent at Darrow School. The small community proved to be the perfect place for me to grow, and gave me the confidence both in and out of the classroom to succeed. I had a lot of trouble learning in public schools for years, but my switch to Darrow proved to be the best change I could hope for. I became an actor, a designer, an artist, and a leader. I tapped maple trees on wednesdays, sheared sheep, and composted. I played tennis, danced, snowboarded at Jiminy Peak, and was the lead in the school musical. The only thing I regret was not spending more time and efforts in the "Living Machine"! I now live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Eight years later. Three of my teachers and dorm parents from Darrow live here as well. I guess I (We) couldn't shake the small town feeling even when school was said and done. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of the Darrow community, and the confidence and learning opportunities continue to follow me wherever I go.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 05/17/16

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