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Hawthorne Valley School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 Waldorf school and 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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 248 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,370
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
depends on students individual needs
Year Founded
1973

Student Body

Total Students
248 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
9%
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Hawthorne Valley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
40%
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Students are encouraged to dress comfortably but not in a way that will be immodest or distracting.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition range from 10,830 for 5 mornings of kindergarten to 20,370 for high school. Boarding fees not included.
Acceptance Rate
95%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Amy Flaum
Admissions Associate
James Thompson

Sports

Total Sports Offered
4 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Student Council, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
After school arts club, After school drama program

School Notes

  • 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.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  4.25 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
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?
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3  
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!
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4  
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!
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5  
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.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 248 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,370
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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