We are looking for students…
- who want to be part of a kind, caring community
- who want to look forward to school each day
- who want to have a say in their own education
- who want to work at their own pace
- who have ideas and want to work on them
- who want to learn how to communicate and collaborate
- who can take responsibility for themselves and have respect for others
Joyful learning in a fluid and flexible environment.
- A stable community of caring teachers and peers
- Personalized learning plans with options for in-person and at-home learning
- Frequent support for parents and families in groups and one-on-one
- Record-keeping, mastery inventories, future planning for career/college
Spring 2021 – Remote Learning
We are currently providing the best, most robust and engaging virtual learning program, grounded in research and best practices. Our goal is to provide a true “school” experience for all our students in a virtual format. We meet family needs with flexibility and customized learning plans as well.
We offer rolling admissions, and welcome students to join us at any point in the school year. We invite you to schedule a virtual visit to explore if Birch is right for your student.
Our virtual learning program offers stability and consistency throughout the entire school year. As the existing health situation evolves we will revisit hosting students in-person.
We are developing options for enrolled students to meet at school for shorter afternoon activities and classes, outdoors and socially distanced, occasionally throughout the spring. Stay tuned for more details.
Do you want to learn from home in a community of learners?
(Remote only until June 2021)
Do you need assistance with planning, reporting, transcripts? Also available: Individual Goal-setting, personalized learning plans, and customized plan assistance.
Coming Fall 2021 – Hybrid, Remote and
We offer Full-Time and Part-Time options.
In our Hybrid Program you can come to school a few days a week and learn from home a few days a week.
We offer a full-service comprehensive learning program in the mornings only. Check out our part time option.
Elementary Forest School
Our new Forest School for elementary learners ages 6 – 10 meets 3 times per week.
Student directed, focused, goal-oriented open workshop time for students ages 8 and up. Teachers, mentors and staff assist students in making plans and meeting their goals. Different themed, pop-up work centers are available each afternoon.
Our focus is a holistic approach to learning, supporting families seeking options for their students. Our priority is to support child-led exploration, interests and activities.
We help students become self-directed learners and offer resources to support and guide them. The core of the program is our individualized, customized curriculum, supported by sophisticated, curated learning tools and combined with authentic participation in community life.
The Birch School is now entering its ninth year, and has grown into a lively mixed-age learning community. We enjoy busy days in the sunny “green” building and spend lots of time outdoors in the large schoolyard and woods. Our students are ages 7 to 17.
We have developed 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 bridge 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.
Please explore our website to learn more about this new 21st century learning community.
The Birch School is a learning alternative for youngsters in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess and Putnam Counties in New York and the Greater Hudson Valley. We present a nature-based educational program based on democratic process and consensus. We serve students in Elementary, Middle School, and High School. We offer homeschooling support and assistance for homeschool families. We encourage child-led, child-centered, inquiry based and project based learning opportunities. We follow in the tradition of schooling which includes Waldorf, Vigotsky, Montessori, Reggio Emilio and Neill.
The Birch School is part of several international networks of progressive schools: the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO), as well as the International Association of Co-Learning Communities (IACLC – 100 Roads), and Education Reimagined.
Currently serving 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. Transportation is generally available via home district when student attends full time and resides within 15 miles of school. Inquire for more information.
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.