Maplebrook School

  • Since its founding in 1945 Maplebrook School, an independent, coed boarding school, has provided holistic education for students with complex learning profiles.
  • Combining quality academics with a focus on character formation (Responibility Increases Self Esteem), Maplebrook seeks to empower and excede the needs of each of its students.
  • We offer two distinct programs: The Academic Program (an accredited NY state high school) for students 11-18 years of age and the Institute for Collegiate and Career Studies (ICCS) for high school gratuates 18-21 years of age.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Language-based, ADHD, central auditory processing, learning differences
Year Founded 1945

Student Body

Total Students 100 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 6 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $64,500
Tuition Notes Tuition includes Room, Board, Speech & Language services, Tutoring, etc.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Jeffrey L. Magnoli


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
Cross CountryEquestrian,
Field HockeySoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. (We're always open to suggestions for new additions!), Band, Chorus, Cooking Club, Drama/Theater, Driver's Permit Training, Golf, Great Books Club, Instrumental Music Lessons, Leo's Club (Jr. version of the Lion's Club), Ski and Snowboard Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Voice Lessons, Weight Training Band, Chorus, Cooking Club, Drama/Theater, Golf, Voice Lessons, (We're always open to suggestions for new additions!),
Driver's Permit Training,
Great Books Club,
Instrumental Music Lessons,
Leo's Club (Jr. version of the Lion's Club),
Ski and Snowboard Club,
Ultimate Frisbee,
Weight Training,

School Notes

  • Maplebrook School is an independent boarding school for students with learning differences that seeks to meet the complex needs of each and every one of our students.
  • At the heart of our educational philosophy is the goal to "Educate the heart." Trust, honesty, respect, citizenship, caring, fairness, faith, and responsibility, these are the Eight Pillars of Character that form the core values of a Maplebrook education.
  • Our unique RISE program (Responsibility Increases Self Esteem) is the backbone of our approach to fostering these values in our students. RISE is a completely non-punitive, positive-reinforcement based system in which an increasing number of privileges are granted to the individual student as he or she earns more points; RISE also provides 1-on-1 mentoring for each student.
  • Maplebrook further endeavors to provide a quality education for its students through the means of multi-sensory teaching methods, innovative iPad technology and programs such as Activate, and small class sizes of 4 to 8 students. Individual or small-group tutoring and daily study hall sessions run by teachers are also included in every student's schedule. Other available supports include Speech & Language therapy, and OT/PT as needed.
  • As a boarding school where the majority of faculty and staff live as well as work, Maplebrook offers unique benefits that distinguish it from residential schools. Learning opportunities are present for students not only in the classroom, but throughout their day with teachers and staff who know them well. The caring family-style atmosphere of boarding school life also lends a wholesomeness to the Maplebrook environment, and provides the underlying structure of social support necessary to help each student succeed and thrive.
  • Currently comprised of students from 16 states and 15 countries, Maplebrook highly values the diversity of its student body and is committed to further promoting such diversity.
  • Geographically, Maplebrook students are ideally placed for experiencing the best of both rural and urban life in America; the school`s location in rural Amenia, 90 miles north of New York City and nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains provides a safe and beautiful place for students to live and learn in, while still making it possible to visit the city on occasion. Other local cultural and artistic opportunities abound closer to Amenia, as well. Maplebrook also avails itself of several opportunities throughout the year to be involved with our local community. Examples include a yearly art show, Leo's Club for students who wish to participate in community service, and our annual 5K Run/Walk to sponser the Panichi Family Center for Communication & Learning.
  • Maplebrook recognizes that each student has their own complex learning style, complete with a unique set of strengths as well as a unique set of challenges. Accordingly, Maplebrook School offers students with learning differences the personalized education that each individual needs to succeed in school and beyond; and emphasizing the triune values of Excellence, Friendship, and Independence, Maplebrook is proud to say that, for students who learn differently, "We Make the Difference." 
  • For more information on Maplebrook School, please visit our website at, or contact Admissions via e-mail at or by phone at 845-373-8191. You can also find and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Maplebrook also runs a post-secondary program, the Institute for Collegiate and Career Studies (ICCS); more information on ICCS can be found on the program`s website at
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