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Even with the tightened economy, most people understand that the value of higher education is worth the cost. Labor statistics show that people with at least some education at the collegiate level fare much better in the job market than those with only a high-school education or less. In fact, recent data from the Department of Labor show the unemployment rate for college-educated workers is half that of those with no college education experience at all.

In times like these, many people look to improve their marketable skills, and some explore new career options entirely. When the labor market tightens, those with the best education and skills are often the ones in the best position to weather the tide. Adults often return to school in such times to improve their resumes, acquire new skills, or change career paths. Here in the Mid-Hudson Valley, we have no less than eleven schools of higher learning to explore, from community colleges to Ivy League.

Parents of children at the primary and secondary level will find options here as well, to help them choose the school best suited to a child’s individual needs; a choice that can make a positive difference in that child’s success and overall development, now and later in life. Most private preparatory schools offer special programs that give more individualized attention to a child’s progress. Some schools also adhere to unique approaches to education that differ from the standard classroom setting and methods, which can make all the difference to children for whom a typical classroom experience is not the best option.

With so many choices around, Roll Magazine presents this special section; Hudson Valley Education, with detailed information about each school and its unique programs. We encourage you to also check out the schools’ websites for additional information.


Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program

School Information:

Diploma Offered: MAT Degree and NYS certification to teach grades 7 - 12 in one of four content areas: biology, English, mathematics or social studies

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College is unique in its approach, requiring advanced study in the academic disciplines as well as compleme tary field-based study of issues in teaching and learning. MAT graduates receive a master of arts in teaching degree and a NYS Certification in Adolecent Education (grades 7 - 12) within the elective disciplines of biology, English, mathematics or social studies. We offer generous full-tuition scholarships to qualified students willing to make a commitment to teaching in New York City.

po box 5000 | Annandale-on-Hudson, ny 12504
845.758.7145 | |

Hawk Meadow

Hawk Meadow Montessori School

School Information:

Hawk Meadow Montessori School is a new school with a long history of Montessori education in the LaGrange area. Together, our teachers and staff have 70 years worth of experience in Montessori instruction.

Hawk Meadow Montessori School offers the following programs:
Toddler (18 months to three years); Primary (three- to six-year-olds); Elementary (six- to nine-year-olds); and Middle School. Hawk Meadow Montessori School is located in Freedom Executive Park, 488 Freedom Plains Road, Suite 141, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Freedom Executive Park is also home to the LaGrange Library. The school is situated in a large, light-filled space, and a playground is located outside. In addition to our hands-on Montessori curriculum guided by trained teachers, we offer Language Live Spanish instruction and Music for Life, a music outreach program. We also offer a variety of exercise programs, including a Stretch-n-Grow movement class and yoga for the younger children, and skiing and golf for the elementary students.

If you would like more information about Hawk Meadow Montessori School, please call Erin Castle at (845) 223-3783. We are now enrolling for the 2009-2010 school year, so please call to schedule a tour. You may also call to reserve a spot at our open house on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

488 freedom plains road | suite 141 | poughkeepsie, ny 12603


Hudson Valley Sudbury

School Information:

Current Enrollment: 60, Age 5-19

Tuition: Sliding scale

Unique Facts: Democracy, Rolling admission

The Hudson Valley Sudbury School takes a radically different approach to education. We believe that success in life is determined by a person’s character more than a specific body of knowledge. As a result of this belief, the structure of the school supports the development of qualities such as confidence, independence, resourcefulness, persistence and responsibility. With these qualities a person can easily obtain the knowledge they need to succeed.

At Sudbury schools the students create their own curriculum. They exercise their rights and responsibilities as members of an active democracy. Most importantly, they accomplish the difficult task of defining themselves.

84 zena road | kingston, ny 12401
845.679.1002 |

Indian Mountain School

Indian Mountain School

School Information:

Current Enrollment: 260

Day: grades pre-k — 9

Boarding: grades 6-9

Special Programs: Centered on the values of honesty, compassion and respect, Indian Mountain offers a strong curriculum encouraging students in a supportive environment, to strive for academic excellence, and to develop the traits of good character. The academic program is enhanced by various offerings in music, art, theater, adventure education, athletics, and foreign language.

Indian Mountain School provides a traditional education for boys and girls from pre-k through nine in a boarding and day environment. We promote moral growth and personal academic excellence in a setting that fosters a respect for learning, the environment and each other. We celebrate our international and culturally diverse community. The academic program is enhanced by various offerings in music, art, theater, adventure education, athletics, and foreign language. Community service is an integral part of an Indian Mountain education as the School strives to live its motto, “Life Through Service.”

860.435.0871 |

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School

School Information:

Current Enrollment: 146 students: parent/infant/child programs through eighth grade

Student Teacher ratio: 8 to 1

Special Classes: Two languages. Grades 1 -8 eight chamber orchestra, chorus, recorder, woodworking, sculpture, handwork, games

Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents

Waldorf Schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education. They integrate the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. The aim of the education is to inspire life-long learning in each student and enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. The Waldorf curriculum is broad and comprehensive. At Mountain Laurel, each student receives a full introduction to the classics, two foreign languages, history, geography, mathematics and science... the subjects today’s child needs to be prepared to meet the challenges of our world and the future— with clarity of thought, love of learning, a caring heart and confidence to initiate change. We serve early childhood through eighth grade.

16 s chestnut st | new paltz, ny 12561
845.255.0033 |

Oakwood Friends School

Oakwood Friends School

School Information:

Current Enrollment: 180, grades 6 — 12

Tuition: Middle School: $18,303 | Upper School: $21,195

5 and 7 day boarding options

Special Programs: senior year interdisciplinary courses; comprehensive community service program; independent study opportunities; academic support at all grade levels; opportunities for student leadership in campus committees and clubs; weekly meeting for worship as a time for reflection and sharing.

Oakwood Friends School is a Quaker, co-educational, college-preparatory school enrolling a diverse group of 180 students in grades 6 through 12. Rigorous academic and co-curricular programs nurture the spirit, scholar, artist and athlete in each person. The curriculum, based upon primary texts and hands-on learning, respects the minds and imaginations of students. Intellectual skills and growth are fostered by artful teaching, thoughtful assessment, and individual attention. Ninety-nine percent of our graduates matriculate at four-year colleges. They carry with them the Quaker belief that “each life speaks,” with voices that are truly their own. 5- and 7- day boarding options are available.

22 Spackenkill Road | poughkeepsie, ny 12603
800.843.3341 |

Poughkeepsie Day School

Poughkeepsie Day School

School Information:

Current Enrollment: 325

Age range: PK-3 years - 12th grade

Tuition: $8735 - $21,245 depending on grade

Diploma offered: NY State high school diploma

Financial aid available

Special programs offered: high school senior internship, intensive studies, multi-graded classes, creative interdisciplinary program, 1-7 teacher/student ratio.

Poughkeepsie Day School is an independent co-educational school serving students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The school develops educated citizens with a passion for learning and living. The curriculum is creative, interdisciplinary and globally aware. The balanced program supports students as intellectually curious and creative thinkers. PDS respects the unique strength and talents of every student and each student is known and valued as an individual. An outstanding faculty ensures that all students receive the attention they need to grow as active, independent learners, ready to take up the challenge of the future as global citizens. 100% of PDS graduates to on to college each year, many to highly selective institutions.

260 boardman road | poughkeepsie, ny 12603


StormKing School

School Information:

Residential and day programs for grades 8-12

Special Issues: At The Storm King School, it is our goal to encourage, enlighten, and challenge our students.

The Storm King School prepares students for more than just college; we prepare them for life.

Nestled in the mountains and only 55 minutes from New York City, The Storm King School is a treasure among boarding schools in New York State. With special attention to establishing a nurturing learning environment, we offer students the opportunity to grow both intellectually as well as socially. Our community inspires students toward academic strength and confidence with a caring faculty in a community that embraces character, wellness, and trust.

314 Mountain Road | Cornwall-on-Hudson NY 12520
845.534.7892 |


Westchester Community College
Center for the Digital Arts

School Information:

Tuition: $150 per course

Special Programs: In addition to college students and adults, the Center offers affordable digital art classes for teens and children (from 7-17) in two summer sessions

Attend the Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts this summer at our flagship post-production facility in Peekskill, NY. Create art on the best post-production stations in the Hudson Valley for only $151 per course. In addition to college students and adults, the Center offers affordable digital art classes for teens and children (from 7-17) in two summer sessions. Programs in the digital arts, digital video, web design and animation, sculpture, cartooning, painting and drawing. State-of-the-art equipment, flexible scheduling and plenty of opportunity for fun and creativity.

  • 3-credit Digital Arts
  • 3-credit Music Technology
  • 2-credit Studio Arts
  • Non-credit Adult Arts Offerings
  • Non-credit Quickstart to software training
  • Day/evening general education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Pre-college Digital Arts
  • Summer Sessions begin July 6

27 north division street | peekskill, ny 10566
914-606-7300 | |

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