Orchard School

  • Orchard School, founded in 1983, is rooted in the belief that children naturally want to learn, and when given a safe, dynamic scholastic experience, grow to be happy and independent life-long learners.
  • We believe that children need to live vigorously in an environment that invites exploration.
  • Our woods, orchard, open fields, and seasonal stream provide rich resources and stimulation. Our mission is to provide an educational experience in which a child's self esteem and intellectual curiosity remain intact; to offer a scholastic curriculum which is factually rich, skill building, environmentally and socially strong; and to nurture responsibility, independence and empowerment in the academic process for success in life's future pursuits.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-6
Year Founded1985

Student Body

Total Students58 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
9%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Orchard School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
20%
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,000
% on Financial Aid
20%
Admissions DirectorManila Bol
Admissions AssociateRosy Weiser

School Notes

  • Orchard School, founded in 1983, is rooted in the belief that children naturally want to learn, and when given a safe, dynamic scholastic experience, grow to be happy and independent life-long learners. We believe that children need to live vigorously in an environment that invites exploration. Our woods, orchard, open fields, and seasonal stream provide rich resources and stimulation. Our mission is to provide an educational experience in which a child's self esteem and intellectual curiosity remain intact; to offer a scholastic curriculum which is factually rich, skill building, environmentally and socially strong; and to nurture responsibility, independence and empowerment in the academic process for success in life's future pursuits.

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