Blue Rock School

  • Blue Rock is lower Hudson Valley`s only progressive, independent day school for grades K-8.
  • Founded in 1987 to provide a non-test driven, project-based, experiential classroom 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.

School News

  • Is a Progressive Education a Good Fit For Your Child? - 11/19/2014 - What is a progressive education?  Learn more about this engaging and thoughtful approach to teaching children.
  • Help Your Child Unwind by Getting Outside - 04/15/2016 - Studies have shown an increase in the use ADHD medications and antidepressants for children. The antidote? Simplify. Slow down. Get outside.
  • A Model for Schools That Works - 10/14/2010 - In this uncertain economy, we as parents are naturally preoccupied with our children`s future success. And this seems to lead us to crucial questions as we seek to reform schools ...morethat are mandated to prepare our children for adulthood. What is success? What does childhood need to look like in order to nurture our children toward the type of citizens, the type of human beings we wish them to be? What value do we place on human relationships, on our relation to the environment, on honesty, and self awareness? How does kindness get scored? What track does creativity live on?hide
  • Empowering Our Children through Joyful and Authentic Learning - 08/15/2016 - What do we wish for our children? Happiness? To live full, rich lives? Sometimes we can best serve them by letting go just a little so they can be their ...moreown person and guide. hide

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded1987

Student Body

Total Students95 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 28%
Students by GradeBlue Rock School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size11 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$22,200
Tuition NotesTuition for half day Kindergarten is $13,320 and tuition for full day students from K-8th grade is $22,200
% on Financial Aid
49%
Admissions DirectorBeverly Stycos

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
African Drumming, Fiber Arts, Pottery

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Horseback Riding, Yoga

School Notes

  • Blue Rock School offers a progressive education with a hands-on, experiential approach. Our unique learning environment encourages children to follow their own natural curiosity and innate love of learning. In our smaller classes, children engage in a thoughtful, 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

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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Our three children have loved being at Blue Rock every year! One is graduated, one is in seventh grade and one in fifth grade and they all relish the things that make the school special. The time outside really fosters friendships and a love and respect of nature. The smaller class sizes are amazing! This allows the teachers to really get to know the students. Blue Rock is a place where children feel comfortable being themselves. The holistic nature of the school respects each student as a unique individual. You will not find a more dedicated group of educators to support your child in every way.Academically, they are challenged, but in a way that honors different types of learners.Our children have loved school all the way through and so have we! It`s a great community to be a part of.
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My children have all attended Blue Rock since kindergarten. I have one alum and two current students. The school instills a true "love of learning" in the students. The curriculum is such that it encourages curiosity and this curiosity extends beyond the 8th grade. I also appreciate that the arts are still important here - every student has art, music, and drama. Lastly, I love that my kids are outside in nature playing and having fun, but then can come inside and be super focused in the classroom, learning what they need to be prepared for high school. If you want a place where the joy of learning is nurtured with individualized attention, I encourage you to take a close look at Blue Rock.
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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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