Many families turn to Rockland’s Green Meadow Waldorf School an independent day school located 30 miles from New York City in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Founded in 1950, it is one of America’s oldest and largest Waldorf schools. Offering a very different education from the young child’s imaginative experiences of discovery and play through the Early Childhood program to the intellectual challenges presented in the High School, learning at Green Meadow is pursued with genuine desire and curiosity.
Through a curriculum of academically challenging lessons, infused by the arts and informed by a unique understanding of a child’s developmental needs — the hallmark of Waldorf education — Green Meadow Waldorf School educates its students to become well-rounded individuals capable of bringing purpose and direction to their lives, ready to think on their own, stand for themselves and act with empathy toward others.
At Green Meadow, students’ capacities for learning are awakened and enriched by an education brought to life through storytelling, movement, recitation, dramatic acting, music, drawing and painting. An emphasis on oral expression in all subjects enables our students to acquire confident public speaking skills. The carefully constructed curriculum includes a comprehensive humanities program based on the great literature and the history and culture of world civilizations. Green Meadow’s excellent math program creates proficiency in arithmetic, geometry, algebra, trigonometry and calculus. Science offerings in biology, earth sciences, chemistry and physics contain a strong empirical component, allowing students to learn scientific principles through first-hand experience and observation.
An array of specialty classes complements and supports Green Meadow’s main academic curriculum:
A comprehensive physical education and sports program enables students to learn to move and compete in healthy ways. Green Meadow students also learn the art of eurythmy, a form of movement in which language and music are expressed through movement and gesture.
Through the extensive music program, all Green Meadow students take up the recorder in the first grade, begin stringed instrument lessons in the third grade–with an option to switch to wind or percussion in the fifth grade–and develop their musical training through instruction in theory, chorus, orchestra and band.
Classes in handwork and practical crafts stimulate both the imagination and the intellect. Students are taught knitting in first grade, move on to learn woodworking, pottery and metalwork among other crafts, and by twelfth grade are skilled at bookbinding.
Instruction in two foreign languages (Spanish and German) begins in the first grade and continues through the twelfth (students select one language in eighth in which to concentrate through twelfth); many of the high school students choose to apply their language skills by spending a semester abroad through the comprehensive Foreign Exchange Program.
Green Meadow graduates are accepted at selective undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities around the country. With the benefit of their rich, interdisciplinary education, they pursue a wide range of interests and professions and go on to make significant marks on the world.
Recognized internationally as a leading Waldorf school, Green Meadow Waldorf School offers an Early Childhood program (Parent/Child, Nursery and Kindergarten classes) and self-contained grades, one through twelve, in the Lower School and High School. The bucolic 11-acre campus allows your child’s education to occur in a beautiful natural environment, while the proximity to major highways enables a diverse student body of nearly 400 children who come from dozens of towns in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area.
Green Meadow Waldorf School is an accredited full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), an association that strengthens and supports Waldorf schools and informs the public of the benefits of Waldorf education.
Green Meadow is also an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), a voluntary association of more than 140 independent schools in the state of New York. All the schools are non-profit institutions that are chartered by the Board of Regents, individually governed by elected boards of trustees, and privately financed by tuitions, fees, and contributions. NYSAIS offers services to administrators, teachers, trustees and parents involved in private schools from preschool through twelfth grade.
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Vanessa Saunders | Associate Broker – Baer & McIntosh RE | Tel: 845 598 5083