A preschool class acts out their favorite story at the weekly All School gathering. Two preschool classrooms---one for older and one for youngers allow for a great deal of play, growth, experimenting, socializing and learning.
An 8th grade student labels South American countries during Spanish class. Spanish is taught mostly in Spanish so that students can have an immersive experience, becoming accustomed to the flow, pronunciation & cadence of Spanish. Spanish in the Pre-K through 5th grade focuses on games, vocabulary & songs. 6th-8th grade Spanish has a focus on conversation & cultural learning.
6th grade teacher, Jenn, is photobombed by her students. Mutual respect, warmth, a playful approach & clear, rigorous expectations form the foundation our student-teacher connection.
4th & 5th grade students read in the classroom loft. The day's schedule includes small group work, collaboration, project exploration and experiential, inquiry-based learning. It also includes quiet, individual time for students to regroup and refresh.
Margaret and her third graders play tag. Students & teachers play together at the Center School. All students have 60 minutes of outside time a day. Structured games are balanced with free exploration time, especially in the large forest that borders the school.
Two 4th grade students work on measurement together in math. The Center School recognizes that there are many different learning styles represented in a classroom of children. The teachers are experts at helping each child develop their best strengths & challenges through multi-modal approaches.
Students share, problem solve and laugh a lot during the weekly All School gathering. Each week, students facilitate the All School gathering. There is often a theme, which may include opportunities to costume or participate in a school-wide game show. Classes share academic work and the school always sings together.
Older & younger students play together on Fridays at All School Games time. The Center School recognizes the advantages of having a wide range of students learning through similar, progressive approaches. Middle schoolers are paired with a preschool or primary age student for work & play throughout the year.
- Rigorous Education for Deep Thinkers and Creative Spirits The Center School is a loving community that celebrates each child`s unique personality, intelligence, and passion.
- Our school is a responsive learning environment, offering rigor and play in balanced abundance.
- Students emerge from our program with the skills and self-possession to be reflective, empathetic, and engaged citizens of our world. Preschool through 8th grade, since 1981.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Other school association(s)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Total Students||141 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 24%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||23 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||6:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Average Class Size||20 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Feb. 15 / Sep. 1 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$15,000|
|Tuition Notes||Preschool tuition on different scale, depending on 3, 4 or 5 day enrollment: $6,615 to $11,025. Tuition differential for K-5th and 6-8th. Financial aid available|
|% on Financial Aid||
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$4,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Jane Stephenson|
|Total Sports Offered||8 sports|
|Sports||Climbing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Ultimate FrisbeeClimbing, Figure Skating,
Freestyle Skiing, Rock Climbing,
Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||2 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Middle School Choir, Middle School Soccer Team Middle School Choir,
Middle School Soccer Team,
- academic and social learning
- multi-age classrooms
- integrated arts
- progressive approach
- collaborative problem-solving
- joyful classes
- successful graduates
- excellent student-teacher ratio
- individualized challenge
- nature and environmental education
- preschool through 8th grade Spanish
- School Location Miles Grades Students
NorthamptonGrades: K-7 | 275 students
Gill Hall Prospect St
Northampton, MA 01063
AmherstGrades: K-7 | 119 students
Po Box 2248
Amherst, MA 01004
HadleyGrades: NS-12 | 266 students
193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA 01035
69 Hickory Ridge Road South
Putney, VT 05346
RoyalstonGrades: PK-6 | 64 students
On the Common P.O. Box 122
Royalston, MA 01368
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