The Saplings Program (ages 5 to 7) explores numbers, language, and culture through stories, songs, and verses.
The Lower School (ages 7 to 12) begins with a Main Lesson, a block of time devoted to a particular subject for the duration of the trimester. Subjects are taught with an intention to engage a child's heart, hands, and mind.
Our students develop meaningful relationships with one another, their teachers, farm staff, and the natural environment around them.
Taking into consideration the history, evolution, and adaptation of foods from around the globe and right in our own backyard, the Lifefoods Whole Food Prep course begins to shape the student into making independent decisions on the foods they choose to eat.
In the Lower School, children are introduced more regularly to explorations of their relationships with the natural world and society. They begin to make connections between cultural diversity and sustainable lifestyles and mindsets.
The Upper School (ages 12 to 18) builds upon what the Lower School has studied, with the addition of other subject areas. The Upper School places an emphasis on self sustainability, personal wellness, moral development, artistic expression, and more advanced practical skills.
'I have enjoyed the close, alternate atmosphere at SFS. With a small class size, it is easy to interact and have your questions answered. From the food preparation class to feeding the llamas, I have had a unique and wonderful experience.” – Gloria, student, Upper School
- The Sustainable Farm School is an independent day school for children ages 3 to 18 that offers core academics, holistic personal development, and a model for sustainable living.
- Here at the Sustainable Farm School we cultivate the skills necessary for personal success through a balance of instruction, exploration, and discovery. Our students develop meaningful relationships with one another, their teachers, farm staff, and the natural environment around them.
- They engage in challenging work that builds academic skills, a sense of stewardship for the environment, and an appreciation for multiculturalism.
- Each student pursues the personal task of taking on responsibility for their own contribution to the greater good.
- Our organic gardens and farm inspire a lifelong love of learning and are the focal point for our Waldorf-inspired pedagogy.
- We cultivate the skills and virtues needed for personal success through a balance between instruction, exploration, and discovery.
- Our school takes a unique approach in that we focus on teaching children to learn independently, to be self-sufficient, and to collaborate with people of all ages and levels of ability.
- We believe this will prepare students for their effective futures as community members.
- Join us at the Sustainable Farm School where curiosity, imagination, and initiative are organically cultivated.
|School Type||Alternative School|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-12|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Total Students||20 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 22%
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||20 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||1:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Average Class Size||7 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|% on Financial Aid||
National avg.: 85%
- Educational Philosophy
- Waldorf schools are based on the ideas of the Austrian philosopher, artist, and educator Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Through his work in the fields of philosophy, science, religion, agriculture, art, medicine, and education he created a new form of pedagogy that focuses on the whole child: hands, heart, and mind.
- In 1919 Rudolf Steiner founded the first Waldorf School for the children belonging to the workers of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory because he believed that quality education should be afforded to all children. The school quickly gained international recognition and hundreds of Waldorf schools sprung up all over the globe. The number of Waldorf schools worldwide has more than doubled in the last decade, making it one of the fastest growing educational movements in the world. Waldorf schools are committed to academic excellence and offer a challenging classical education that prepares students for the most demanding universities. At the core of the Waldorf philosophy is the belief that knowledge is best acquired experientially as well as academically. Education is an artistic process.
- Inspired by the Waldorf philosophy, the Sustainable Farm School takes a step beyond with two key examples. Like Waldorf, we believe individuals prosper in a simple, beautiful, and natural environment. Therefore, we hold our school on an organic farm and include all aspects of tending to the land and animals into our curricula. Our students participate in daily farm and garden chores. Learning to successfully interact with the land and animals prepares them with advanced survival skills and a love for nature. Additionally, we place specific emphasis on forward thinking ideologies including social, cultural, environmental, and economic sustainability. Our educators value the academic tradition, many of them holding the highest degrees in their field, while maintaining a natural connection to the earth. With a student to teacher ratio of 5:1, students will get the attention and guidance necessary for a comprehensive and enjoyable education.
- Our main lesson is a 1.5 to 2 hour long daily lesson rotating through the five academic subjects: Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Science, and Literature. Our secondary courses include Whole Food Preparation, Radical Home Economics, the Mythologies, Music, Art, and Philosophy among others. Each term focuses on a different cultural or historic theme, unifying lessons and creating a diversity of understanding in the schoolroom.Our school takes a step beyond the Waldorf School and traditional educational experience.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
West HartfordGrades: NS-9 | 360 students
2865 Albany Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
EllingtonGrades: K-2 | 59 students
Po Box 775
Ellington, CT 06029
BerlinGrades: K-9 | 61 students
166 Lincoln Street
Berlin, CT 06037
SimsburyGrades: 9-12 | 394 students
995 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
West HartfordGrades: 6-12 | 523 students
170 Kingswood Road
West Hartford, CT 06119
My daughter has been at SFS since the first year the school started. Through this remarkable model of education she has found friendship and the confidence to synthesize information and form her own opinions. While in the public school she memorized a lot of information she didn't understand and could repeat it back. She never wanted to stand up and state her own ideas. Now she is able to form her own opinions based on a combination of facts and deep understanding and knowledge. The school combines the skills and knowledge of traditional schooling with the tools and awareness necessary to exist in the modern world and to be a self aware human. She loves school and tries to start a protest whenever they are on break.
- Posted by Parent - lenad
Participating in SFS changed my sons life forever. He is confident and proud for the first time. He told me he never knew he was smart before SFS. That is what the program and teachers there have taught him. He soared miles beyond his friends in public school in so many ways. His words "I learned to be a part of life itself, I feel good about myself in ways I never knew before." It is the gift I gave my child.
- Posted by Parent - anubi
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