Hawthorne Valley School

4.25 5 1 (4 reviews)
Tel: (518)672-7092
  • 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.

School Overview

School TypeSchool 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)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supporteddepends on students individual needs
Year Founded1973

Student Body

Total Students240 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by GradeHawthorne Valley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Students are encouraged to dress comfortably but not in a way that will be immodest or distracting.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,370
Tuition NotesTuition range from 10,830 for 5 mornings of kindergarten to 20,370 for high school. Boarding fees not included.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAmy Flaum
Admissions AssociateJames Thompson


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,


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.
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School Reviews

  4.25 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  11/25/2016
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  10/29/2016
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  10/29/2016
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  10/29/2016
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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