Early childhood through grade 12

Hawthorne Valley Association

All are invited to attend and learn about the educational opportunities offered at Hawthorne Valley, meet some of our teachers, view student work, and tour our campus.

Hawthorne Valley uses Blackbaud to process online applications. Create your login and the system will guide you through the process of submitting your application and uploading reports. Once your documents are reviewed and approved, we will reach out with details for next steps.

As of June 1, 2024 the applications for the 2024-2025 school year have been closed.  Please contact the Admissions Office directly (518-672-7092 x 111) if you are interested in applying.

Parent-Child Garden classes provide a joyful and nurturing environment for the young child to explore, imagine, and create in nature. Parents will learn ways to intuitively guide their child, bringing more ease and warmth to their connection and allowing the parenting journey to be more inspired and more harmonious.

A female caregiver and child are seated on a blanket outdoors on grass surrounded by trees; the child is sitting on their mother's lap and is wearing a blue sunhat, red t-shirt and blue shorts; the woman is wearing a blue dress and ankle boots, and has shoulder-length wavy hair and bangs; it is a sunny day
A group of young children sit on a braided rug in a sunlit Kindergarten classroom with their teacher; they all have their hands in the air and are sitting on their knees

The Nursery and Kindergarten at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is a vibrant place filled with the joyful exuberance of children held in the secure embrace of their teachers. The Nursery and Kindergarten is made up of four mixed-age classes for children ages 3 to 6. The Nursery programs are half days with the option of an afternoon rest time, and Kindergarten programs are four full days and Friday morning.

Early Childhood Virtual Tour

Our Early Childhood Program provides children with the time and space for creative free play–a key part of our approach to early childhood education. Through guided social interaction, we seek to develop healthy emotional intelligence. Play builds foundational skills in communication, collaboration, and cooperation as well as sparking creativity.

As children enter the elementary school, they are guided by a Class Teacher in Grades 1- 8. Students and teachers develop a deep and enduring relationship through the shared experience of the main lesson curriculum, where one subject is taught for the first two hours of each day in blocks of three to four weeks.

Meteorology block teacher Abe Madey stands in front of a middle school classroom blackboard, upon which is a chalkboard drawing depicting weather; the classroom is full of students seated at desks facing the front of the room; the perspective of the photo is from the back of the room
Young Asian woman working with a tape measure outdoors during a surveying block; it is a close up image; one hand is over her head out of range of the image, and the tape measure is vertical from top to bottom of the photo; it is sunny and there is a shadow across her face

In the High School, learning is about understanding, interpreting, and making knowledge dynamic and applicable in real-world situations and contexts. The curriculum changes in developmental progression. Ninth grade is a time for finding balance between polarities; Tenth grade is the time to acquire logical thinking and master the tools of language; Eleventh grade is a time to ponder philosophical riddles, ask the deepest questions, and explore theories; and Twelfth grade is a time to synthesize and find meaning. The goal of Hawthorne Valley High School is to graduate balanced, well-rounded, compassionate individuals who are ready to make a difference in the world.

Introduction to HVS Middle and High School

Middle School at Hawthorne Valley is focused on preparing students to develop the capacities that they’ll need to be successful students in high school. Learning is rooted in experience with the belief that by knowing who we are and what we’re doing, we’ll then be able to form more concrete and abstract intellectual expressions.

Our ultimate goal with our High School is to graduate students who have unlocked their own humanity and inner capacities to function successfully in the world. We prepare our graduates to step out of school and meet the world with the creative thinking skills, the resiliency, and the flexibility that it’s going to take to be leaders in the world.