Supporting families seeking options for their students, our focus is a holistic approach to learning, and our priority is to support child-led interests and activities. We help students become self-directed learners and offer resources to support and guide them. Individualized, customized curriculum and learning tools combined with authentic participation in community life form the core of the program.
The Birch School is now entering its seventh year, and has grown into a lively mixed-age learning community. We enjoy busy days in the sunny “green” building and spend time outdoors in the large yard and woods. Our students are ages 7 to 17.
We are developing a unique educational environment by putting cutting edge learning research into practice. Using 21st century tools and embracing agile attitudes, we promote collaboration and self-organization. Guided by ecological principles we strive to straddle the gap between nature and technology for young people growing up in times of rapid change and innovation.
It is with great excitement that we invite young people to engage in vibrant, creative and connected learning, supported by knowledgeable and caring mentors and teachers.
We strive to inspire children to pursue their interests, we provide targeted resources and structure for them to do so, and we help the child record the experience, in whatever form appropriate, for their portfolio.
Explore our website to learn more about this new 21st century learning community.
The Birch School is a learning alternative for youngsters in Orange County, New York and the Greater Hudson Valley. It is a nature-based educational program based on democratic principles. We serve students in Elementary, Middle School, through High School and Homeschoolers. We offer homeschooling support and assistance for families. We encourage child-led, child-centered, inquiry based and project based learning opportunities. We follow in the tradition of schooling which includes Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilio. We are part of an international network of progressive schools, AERO, Alternative Education Resource Organization. We serve students from Goshen, Washingtonville, Campbell Hall, New Windsor, Cornwall, Newburgh, Walden, Montgomery, Maybrook, Pine Bush, Middletown, Blooming Grove, Warwick, Florida, Beacon, Haldane, Walkill, Gardiner, Orange County, Dutchess County, Sullivan County, and surrounding areas.
The Birch School was granted a Provisional Non-Public, Non-Profit Charter by NYS Board of Regents in 2014 and the Charter was renewed in 2018.
Transportation is generally available via home district when student attends full time and resides within 15 miles of school. Inquire for more information.
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We are located at 9 Vance Rd. in Rock Tavern, NY off Route 207, across from The Stewart Park Preserve.
Minutes from NYS Highway 17K, US Route 84 and NYS Thruway, Route 87. Near Beacon, Washingtonville, Campbell Hall, New Windsor, Cornwall, Newburgh, Walden, Montgomery, Maybrook, Pine Bush, Middletown, Blooming Grove, Goshen.
The Birch School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability and religion, to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Birch School does not discrimination on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship, and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.