Grades: PK-12 | 240 students
Hawthorne Valley School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 Waldorf school is part of a 700+ acre biodynamic farm in Columbia County, NY, nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires.
We accept boarding students in High School who participate in our Home-Based program, living with a school family.
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-12|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||depends on students individual needs|
|Total Students||240 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 29%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||36 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||7:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Average Class Size||18 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual
(Students are encouraged to dress comfortably but not in a way that will be immodest or distracting.)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$20,370|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition range from 10,830 for 5 mornings of kindergarten to 20,370 for high school. Boarding fees not included.|
|Admissions Director||Amy Flaum|
|Admissions Associate||Laurie Schmolz|
|Total Sports Offered||4 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, VolleyballBasketball, Cross Country,
- Hawthorne Valley School is committed to the ideals, insights, and methods of Waldorf education, founded by Rudolf Steiner. The art of education practiced at Hawthorne Valley School seeks to balance academic discipline, artistic creativity, and practical skills in our students. Educating perception, feeling, imagination, and cognition through the arts is a central principle and practice in Waldorf education. Hawthorne Valley School is devoted to the development of free, moral, and capable individuals who are able to impart purpose and direction to their lives. Hawthorne Valley School seeks to build a living connection to the environment' scientifically, artistically, and practically. The School participates fully in an educational community, within the Hawthorne Valley Association, that includes biodynamic farmers and gardeners, environmental educators, and working artists and artisans. We also actively contribute to the wider community of Columbia County and successfully demonstrate the vitality of an independent educational and cultural life.
Great place to for children to learn the art of life. 400 acres to roam on. Very friendly and accepting apsmophere. Great teachers. What more could you want?
- Posted by Parent - Jeff
We love HVS. Such a deep commitment from all those who take part in the rich school community... teachers, parents, administration AND the children. Our two boys love school and so do we!
- Posted by Parent - Lisa
Hawthorne Valley as provided our sons such a rich education thus far. The love to learn. The time spent in the classroom they dive in, but the time spent doing work outside the traditional classroom setting only deepens what they've learned... time on the farm, working math problems on a building site, doing black smithing. Amazing!
- Posted by Parent - Jason
HVS is an incredibly special place. The early learning program is nothing short of magical and spectacular. The nurturing environment is all encompassing. My child fell soundly asleep the first day of pre-k - peaceful and happy. The landscape is bucolic, the community dedicated and compassionate, and the teachers are beacons for the children. We couldn't be happier with HVS. Our children are cultivating strong bodies, pure hearts and minds.
- Posted by Parent - HVS Parent
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