Here at the Sustainable Farm School we cultivate the skills necessary for personal success through a balance of instruction, exploration, and discovery. Our students develop meaningful relationships with one another, their teachers, farm staff, and the natural environment around them.
Our organic gardens and farm inspire a lifelong love of learning and are the focal point for our Waldorf-inspired pedagogy.
|School Type||Alternative School|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten - 12|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Total Students||20 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||2%
State avg.: 21%
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||20 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||1:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||75%|
|Average Class Size||7 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|% on Financial Aid||25%|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Kimberly Gill|
|Admissions Associate||Dr. Kurt Love|
- Educational Philosophy
Waldorf schools are based on the ideas of the Austrian philosopher, artist, and educator Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Through his work in the fields of philosophy, science, religion, agriculture, art, medicine, and education he created a new form of pedagogy that focuses on the whole child: hands, heart, and mind.
In 1919 Rudolf Steiner founded the first Waldorf School for the children belonging to the workers of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory because he believed that quality education should be afforded to all children. The school quickly gained international recognition and hundreds of Waldorf schools sprung up all over the globe. The number of Waldorf schools worldwide has more than doubled in the last decade, making it one of the fastest growing educational movements in the world. Waldorf schools are committed to academic excellence and offer a challenging classical education that prepares students for the most demanding universities. At the core of the Waldorf philosophy is the belief that knowledge is best acquired experientially as well as academically. Education is an artistic process.
Inspired by the Waldorf philosophy, the Sustainable Farm School takes a step beyond with two key examples. Like Waldorf, we believe individuals prosper in a simple, beautiful, and natural environment. Therefore, we hold our school on an organic farm and include all aspects of tending to the land and animals into our curricula. Our students participate in daily farm and garden chores. Learning to successfully interact with the land and animals prepares them with advanced survival skills and a love for nature. Additionally, we place specific emphasis on forward thinking ideologies including social, cultural, environmental, and economic sustainability. Our educators value the academic tradition, many of them holding the highest degrees in their field, while maintaining a natural connection to the earth. With a student to teacher ratio of 5:1, students will get the attention and guidance necessary for a comprehensive and enjoyable education.
Our main lesson is a 1.5 to 2 hour long daily lesson rotating through the five academic subjects: Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Science, and Literature. Our secondary courses include Whole Food Preparation, Radical Home Economics, the Mythologies, Music, Art, and Philosophy among others. Each term focuses on a different cultural or historic theme, unifying lessons and creating a diversity of understanding in the schoolroom.Our school takes a step beyond the Waldorf School and traditional educational experience.
Profile last updated: 03/21/2014
- School Location Miles Students Grades
Farmington Joni's Child Care & Preschool
3 Eastview Dr
Farmington , CT , 06032
(860)677-5878Early Childhood / Day Cares1.7 mi | 8 students | Gr. K
Avon Avon Old Farms School
500 Old Farms Rd
Avon , CT , 06001
(860)404-4100All-boys 3 mi | 407 students | Gr. 9-12
Farmington Scotts Swamp KinderCare
197 Scotts Swamp Road, Bldg 2
Farmington , CT , 06032
(860)676-8298Early Childhood / Day Cares3.8 mi | students | Gr. NS-PK
FarmingtonMiss Porter's School
60 Main Street
Farmington , CT , 06032
(860)409-3500All-girls 3.8 mi | 311 students | Gr. 9-12
Burlington The Burlington Academy Of Learning
10 Covey Rd.
Burlington , CT , 06013
(860)675-3598Early Childhood / Day Cares3.9 mi | 110 students | Gr. NS-K
- February 22, 2014 - My daughter has been at SFS since the first year the school started. Through this remarkable model of education she has found friendship and the confidence to synthesize information and form her own opinions. While in the public school she memorized a lot of information she didn''t understand and could repeat it back. She never wanted to stand up and state her own ideas. Now she is able to form her own opinions based on a combination of facts and deep understanding and knowledge. The school combines the skills and knowledge of traditional schooling with the tools and awareness necessary to exist in the modern world and to be a self aware human. She loves school and tries to start a protest whenever they are on break. - Posted by Parent
- February 13, 2014 - Participating in SFS changed my sons life forever. He is confident and proud for the first time. He told me he never knew he was smart before SFS. That is what the program and teachers there have taught him. He soared miles beyond his friends in public school in so many ways. His words "I learned to be a part of life itself, I feel good about myself in ways I never knew before." It is the gift I gave my child. - Posted by Parent