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Blue Rock School

Private | K-8 | 98 students

Blue Rock is best known for its creative, hands-on approach to learning.

 

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Posted September 20, 2013

As the first day of school rolled around this year, my friend s children were already complaining they hate school, they have stomach aches, they don t want to go. But my son, a 4th grader who has been at BRS since Kindergarten, couldn t wait to go to school. In the past BRS may have had a loosey goosey reputation, but our family s experience has been that the teachers have found a near perfect balance among academics (my son s reading, writing and math skills are at or above grade level), arts (children write their own plays, and have music and art several times a week), and community (lots of outside nature-oriented play, tremendous interaction across grades, no bullying). The test free, child-centered learning techniques serve students very well: BRS graduates, many who go on to public high schools, are thriving in the world of AP classes and exams. They ve learned to love learning and be confident and engaged students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

I moved my children to Blue Rock School a year ago, and it's the best move I ever made. Blue Rock is a wonderful learning environment, where teachers foster the well-being of the whole child - academic, intellectual, social, physical, emotional. The teaching style calls upon kids to be proactive in their learning, with heavy emphasis on independent research as well as collaborative projects - both essential for future success. The teachers are outstanding. All areas of language arts, both reading skills and writing skills, are especially strong, and I've been very happy with math instruction as well. My incoming fifth grader and first grader advanced by leaps and bounds this year. This school was the best investment I could ever have made for them.
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Posted August 8, 2013

Blue Rock School is a special place. I have three kids there and they look forward to school every single day - really! The quality and substance of my fourth graders course work is impressive and my kindergardener is grubbing around in the dirt, dressing up and making friends. The class sizes are small and the school is cozy and friendly. Blue Rock School is growing wholesome kids. Fresh air recesses (a lot of it) drama, art, poetry and plenty emphasis on science, math and technical writing skills form a balanced curriculum. The teachers and staff are smart, competent and kind and they know all the kids. I feel my kids are getting a exceptionally well rounded education. A school worth checking out!
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Posted August 8, 2013

Blue Rock is the only school my kids have known. They are entering 3rd and 5th grades, and the school has lived up to, even exceeded, my expectations in every way. It's a sweet, nature based, child centered environment where my kids can not only learn, but develop in all ways, emotionally, socially, spiritually, at a pace and in a way that is appropriate for them. I love that my children are allowed to think creatively, and explore what is of interest to them. I love that they are not forced into hours of overtime (aka homework) after an already long day at school. I love the interaction among students across all grades, and the all school drama production at the annual winter solstice celebration . I love the way children are not labeled with a single grade, as if that could possibly measure their success in any given subject. I love the sense of community of the families, and the dedication of the teachers and staff. There is a magic about it that goes beyond any words. In these challenging economic times, as we all look for ways to cut back, Blue Rock is non-negotiable in my family. To my mind, in our world, it's not a luxury, it's a necessity.
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Posted August 7, 2013

Blue Rock School is a one of a kind. Their supportive, knowledgeable and caring staff teache our children to dig deeper and take individual responsibility. Above all, they give our kids a nurturing and safe environment to grow, learn and emotionally mature. My kids love learning and actually look forward to going to school! Check out the school on any day and you'll see smiles across the campus. The energy is infectious.
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Posted March 16, 2013

Blue Rock is an amazing school. Not for everyone, but definitely the perfect place for some students. The children are nurtured and encouraged to learn via direct experience: science is taught with hands on activities, like battery building; students form books clubs to discuss literature; and math is used in service of constructing the fastest, most durable, go-carts. Our children have thrived there, they are both reading and doing math and science at or above grade level. And, they have accomplished this without the stress of standardized testing. Our family is so grateful to have found a haven where children can learn, grow and where the curiosity and the innocence of childhood is respected. My kids wake up happy and wanting to get to school early every day -- for us that says it all.
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Posted February 15, 2013

I am so grateful for Blue Rock School, its integrative, whole child philosophy, its kind and creative teachers, and its beautiful buildings and grounds. My children know how to think, solve academic problems and learn from a conceptual perspective coming at learning from many different angles. The most beautiful element of the school is that each child is respected for who they are individually, and dynamically as a whole. Childhood is preserved, honored and celebrated at Blue Rock School.
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Posted January 7, 2013

Many children reading well below grade level. Math instruction is almost non existent. Expect to hire a tutor, even for children with above average capability. Anti-intellectual environment. Teachers, administration and staff without any credentials. Learning disabilities go undetected. Normal children are "diagnosed" with disabilities they don't have by staff wholly unqualified to do so. Many parents pull their children out after a few years with a lot of anger. Green Meadow is a better choice.


Posted December 7, 2008

Wonderful school where creative thinking is encouraged. After her first few years in the public school system where she became increasingly bored and disinterested, our daughter is once again curious, eager to learn, and most importantly, happy to go to school each day. They have a very hands-on approach and the kids are actively engaged as participants--as opposed to passive listeners-- in all lessons.
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Posted April 20, 2008

I love Blue Rock School because I feel that the teachers know what we children appreciate. Art, drama, music and more, with education mixed in.
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Posted December 4, 2007

We love Blue Rock! The teachers are all wonderful - very warm and caring and incredibly intuitive. They manage to work with each child at their own pace and the students really enjoy going to school! We also love the small classes, which is one of the big reasons we chose Blue Rock! My son is thriving there and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful environment for their children!
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Posted November 6, 2007

Amazing personalized attention, loving, talented teachers, and challenging and appropriate level of demand/work load.
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Posted April 23, 2007

Blue Rock is a wonderful place where children can learn in an warm, creative environment. Classes are kept intentionally small and the teacher/student ratio is great. The academics are challenging, yet the material is offered in an innovative way, which really holds our children's attention. The graduates aren't burnt out at a young age and go on to a variety of high schools - public, prep and alternative. The most important elements of their education is that they love learning and are given the opportunity to become independent thinkers.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 52%
Two or more races 7% N/A
Asian 6% N/A
Hispanic 6% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Black 0% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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School start time
  • 9:00am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
School Leader's name
  • Caty Laignel
Gender
  • Coed
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  • (845) 627-0208

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110 Demarest Mill Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
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