Sustainable Farm School

Sustainable Farm School Photo #1 - The Little Sprouts Program (ages 3 to 5) focuses on walking in balance with the natural world and learning to stay connected to our inner joy.
Sustainable Farm School Photo #2 - The Saplings Program (ages 5 to 7) explores numbers, language, and culture through stories, songs, and verses.
Sustainable Farm School Photo #3 - 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.
Sustainable Farm School Photo #4 - Students work collaboratively with their teachers and students of different ages and abilities.
Sustainable Farm School Photo #5 - Our students develop meaningful relationships with one another, their teachers, farm staff, and the natural environment around them.
Sustainable Farm School Photo #6 - 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.
Sustainable Farm School Photo #7 - 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.
Sustainable Farm School Photo #8 - 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.
Sustainable Farm School Photo #9 - "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
Sustainable Farm School Photo #10 - 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.
  • 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 Overview

School TypeAlternative School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2011
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students20 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio1:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size7 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%

School Notes

  • 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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Ellington
    Preschool Of The Arts Inc
    Alternative School
    Grades: K-2 | 59 students
    24.6 miles
    20 Church St
    Ellington, CT 06029
    (860) 871-7332
    24.6 K-2
  • Berlin
    Grades: 2-8 | 33 students
    9.3 miles
    166 Lincoln Street
    Berlin, CT 06037
    (860) 223-6428
    9.3 2-8
  • Simsbury
    Grades: 9-12 | 398 students
    10 miles
    995 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
    (860) 408-3060
    10 9-12
  • West Hartford
    Grades: NS-8 | 347 students
    6 miles
    2865 Albany Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
    (860) 236-1661
    6 NS-8
  • Avon
    Grades: NS-8 | 117 students
    4.9 miles
    150 Fisher Dr
    Avon, CT 06001
    (860) 677-2403
    4.9 NS-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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.
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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.
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