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 TypeSpecial 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)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLanguage-based, ADHD, central auditory processing, learning differences
Year Founded1945
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students45 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Maplebrook School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size6 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$64,500
Tuition NotesTuition includes Room, Board, Speech & Language services, Tutoring, etc.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJeffrey L. Magnoli


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBasketball, 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.Club or Organization:
(We're always open to suggestions for new additions!), Cooking Club, Drama/Theater, Driver's Permit Training, Great Books Club, Leo's Club (Jr. version of the Lion's Club)

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Chorus, Instrumental Music Lessons, Voice Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Golf, 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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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
After my twin daughters spent a miserable semester at a local community college, we went on a mission to find a program that could support more than just their academic needs. After visiting 8 other programs across the country, we finally found Maplebrook and knew immediately it was the place for our girls. They are currently in their second year at Maplebrook's Institute for Collegiate and Career Studies and we could not be more pleased! With the guidance, structure, nurturing, and supportive atmosphere at Maplebrook, they have blossomed into mature, confident young women excelling in their academics and thriving with their internships, as well as, making life long friends. The staff has been amazing to work with and the program is very fluid and holistic in the way it approaches supporting the needs of each individual student, continuously assessing and constantly tweaking if necessary.
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This is our daughter`s 3rd year at The Institute and we`re so pleased with her maturity, independence, and overall growth. We looked at many schools before choosing The Institute. This school seemed more dedicated to the end result of independence and job skills after graduation.
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