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2010: Here at the top of the decade, educational opportunities abound in the Hudson Valley and Berkshire regions, offering a variety of alternatives to public systems, utilizing the cutting edge of modern educational models to prepare students for a future we can only imagine.

This month, Roll presents a sampling of some of the best the area has to offer. Many of these schools have financial aid or sliding scale tuition programs available. If you're interested, call the admissions office and request information.


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

The Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension is one of the Hudson Valley’s premier digital arts resources located in the downtown artist-district of Peekskill. The Center for the Digital Arts, an extension location of Westchester Community College, has six post-production studios on 27 North Division Street and is dedicated to fostering digital arts education. Whether you are interested in developing a web portfolio, recording an MP3 for your iPod or just getting into blogging, the Center for the Digital Arts is an access point to creating art in the digital age.

This center offers 3-credit courses in digital imaging, graphic layout design, web design, 2D & 3D animation, digital flmmaking, motion graphics, and music technologies. The center also offer non-credit adult Quick start courses in software training and a precollege program in the digital arts. In addition to arts courses, this center offers a wide range of general education courses, English as a Second Language (ESL), academic support and advisement, and other student services.

  • 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 | |


Berkshire School

School Information:

Unique Facts: Pioneering programs—such as Advanced Math/Science Research, Sustainability and Resource Management and Chinese language

Berkshire School is a co-ed college preparatory boarding school offering a rigorous academic course of study. Pioneering programs—such as Advanced Math/Science Research, Sustainability and Resource Management and Chinese language—coexist with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines. With a range of artistic and athletic offerings, a state-the-art academic building, a brand new 117,000-square-foot athletic facility, and national recognition for its efforts in environmental conservation, it is an extraordinary setting in which students are encouraged to learn, in the words of the school motto, “not just for school, but for life.”

245 n. undermountain rd | sheffield, ma
413.229.1003 |

Dutchess Day School

Dutchess Day School

School Information:

Unique Facts: Igniting a life-long love of learning as part of a small community in warm, friendly surroundings.

Year Established: 1955

Grades offered: Pre-K through 8th

Education at Dutchess Day is an active enterprise, led by a talented faculty who love to teach. Our teachers design imaginative curricula that spark an excitement for learning. Our country setting provides wonderful venues for science and environmental projects, computer and library centers provide high tech resources and our two gymnasiums provide many opportunities to develop athletic skills.

Dutchess Day School seeks students of good character and motivation who have the potential for academic success and who will contribute to the school community. The student body is representative of diverse economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Financial aid packages and before and after school programs are available.

415 route 343 millbrook, ny 12545
845.677.5014 |

High Meadow School

High Meadow School

School Information:

Weekly specialty programs: Spanish, Art, Music, Dance, Physical Education

Teacher/student ratio: 1/10

Year Established: 1984

Grades offered: Pre K-8

In the heart of Stone Ridge stands a 19th century brick mansion surrounded by nine acres of trails, ripe for exploration and learning. High Meadow is a not-for-profit, progressive independent school that puts each child at the center of a continuously challenging curriculum that employs experiential, instructional, and integrated learning across the academic spectrum. In addition to a broad array of core arts classes, High Meadow School has received a prestigious multi-year grant from New York State Council on the Arts, partnering teachers with artists to deepen academic learning. As students move to the Upper School, which features a 260 seat Performing Arts and Athletic Center and five new class-rooms, Science and the Arts become the focus. The extraordinary teaching staff brings experience, innovation, and a wide body of knowledge. The diverse mix of families, committed to building a community that develops the whole child, makes High Meadow a rare fnd. This is a place where children, toddler through eighth grade, truly love to be!

On Sunday, March 21: Meet our teachers and tour our facilities from 12:30 to 2:00, then groove to Family Bands Liz Mitchell, Grenadilla, and Dog on Fleas at 2:00. For more information about our school and tickets to the concert log on to

stone ridge, ny | 845.687.4855 |

Hawthorne Valley School

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

School Information: Serving Pre-K –12

Special Programs: Spanish, German, Drama, Athletics, Chorus, Orchestra Handwork, Woodwork, Painting, Weaving, Sculpture, Metalwork, Stained Glass

Accredited by New York State Association of Independent Schools, New York State Board of Regents, and a Member of The Parents League of New York

Situated on a 400-acre biodynamic farm, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School provides an integrative curriculum that combines academic exploration and practical, performing, and fine arts with the enriching experience of interaction with the natural world. Offering:

—Kindergarten where childhood is honored and imagination is nurtured through creative play

—Lower School where students create their own books, develop healthy social relationships and a love for learning

—High School where young women and men grow academically, artistically, and socially into the creative individuals needed in today’s complex world

Hawthorne Valley also offers an Expanded Classroom program where local high school students can participate in our unique courses on a course by course basis.

330 route 21c ghent, ny 12075
518.672.7092 |


Hudson Valley Sudbury

School Information:

Current Enrollment: 60, Age 5-19

Tuition: Sliding scale

Unique Facts: Democracy, Age-Mixing, 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.”

211 Indian Mountain Rd., Lakeville, CT
860.435.0871 |

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


Storm King 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.

Special programs offered:
student for a day [visiting program for students considering applying to the School]
The Mountain Center [a school-within-a-school for college-bound students with learning differences; average class size: 5]
The Learning Center [offers support with organizational issues]
English as a Second Language classes
Advanced Placement and Honors classes

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

Founded in 1867, The Storm King School celebrates a long tradition of helping students translate potential into success as they prepare for college and meaningful lives. Through academic classes, outstanding fine and performing arts, competitive and club sports, and interesting extracurricular activities, the faculty and staff offer students opportunities to enrich themselves through learning and confdence building.

314 Mountain Road | Cornwall-on-Hudson NY 12520
845.534.9860 |

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