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Hawthorne Valley School

Private | PK-12 | 235 students

Waldorf curriculum, place based learning, high school boarding

 
 

Living in Ghent

Situated in a rural neighborhood. The median home value is $202,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $834.

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Posted March 2, 2012

My daughter and son spent their early education here in kindergarten through the third grade. We were very happy with the rich aesthetic environment, where art and culture is a strong part of the curriculum. The children were taught with quality materials. We then decided to put them in our public school for financial reasons and since we lived far from the school. My daughter was never happy in the public school socially. We were given an opportunity to return to the school where my daughter has thrived in a healthy environment and she is appreciated for her own qualities. Even though I was concerned about my children s late reading, they are both very good readers now. I would say that the overall commitment of the teachers is outstanding. I think that the biggest distinction between the public school and HVS is the curriculum where more time is spent on the classics, arts,oral presentation, plays and less time is spent on testing.The public school was overwhelming with the amount of material required to process.There never seemed to be enough time to delve into a subject.The Main Lesson gives them an opportunity to explore more fully and to learn the story behind a subject.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2010

My son has gone to HVS for the past 12 years and is constantly telling us how wonderful his experience is. We have participated in countless programs the school offers to parents and outsiders as well. Looking it at the "quality" of education the public school system, we would never consider taking our son out of HVS. Most of the people in the so-called "community" surrounding HVS wouldn't know how to get to it if they had to.
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Posted December 28, 2010

Wow, don't really know where to begin. Kids in every class, including ours, learn an instrument, at least one foreign language, participate in a class play every year (EVERYONE participates, not just the "special" ones. Teachers are ALWAYS accesible and willing to go the extra mile for the students and the school. When the economy collapsed two years ago the teachers and stafff didn't demand just as much money - if not MORE - to run the school as the teacher's union did in NY - they took a PAY CUT! And, guess what else, they actually study the lives of the saints and other religious figures in history. They're even allowed to mention GOD without being persecuted or expelled. That's something rare.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 52%
Asian 2% N/A
Two or more races 2% N/A
Black 1% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 21%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 85% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 5% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Korean
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Caroline Geisler
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AWSNA
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (518) 672-8006

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Humanities
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 85%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 5%
Workforce - 5%
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330 County Route 21c
Ghent, NY 12075
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Phone: (518) 672-7092

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