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Learn about the many educational philosophies and opportunities available in the Hudson Valley. Find the school that best understands your student’s educational path. 


How does The Art Effect help empower students?

The Art Effect empowers youth to develop their artistic voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. We help youth in the Hudson Valley explore, experience, and excel in the arts, introducing them to visual arts and media, giving them the opportunity to develop real skills in these fields, and guiding them towards achieving their academic and career goals. Young artists, ages 8 to 11, explore basic drawing and illustration, filmmaking, and digital art. Youth ages 11 to 14 can experience courses in drawing and painting, filmmaking, and digital art. Teens interested in filmmaking and art can participate in MADLab or Spark Studios after-school and summer programs. High school students can hone their skills in drawing and digital art, fashion design, and comics, and take college preparatory courses in portfolio development and college scholarships. Visit www.feelthearteffect.org to register.

The Art Effect
45 Pershing Ave


In what ways do field trips enhance classroom learning?

Projects and field trips augment classroom study, regularly providing many opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Historical landmarks in the Hudson Valley are excellent resources for students as they investigate American history. Local theater and galleries, as well as our proximity to New York City, provide rich opportunities for students to explore the arts. Fifth and sixth graders experience a two-year water study and marine biology curriculum, which incorporates many field explorations culminating in a weeklong environmental and biology trip to Cape Cod. Seventh and eighth graders explore history and art in a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. These learning adventures are highly anticipated traditions at Dutchess Day School.

Dutchess Day School
415 Rte 343


How does Immaculate Heart Academy remain on the cutting edge of preparing for college?

We find that a major key to our students’ success is for our school to remain on the cutting edge of educational programming and college prep curriculum. Our dedicated and knowledgeable College Counseling Department enables faculty, students, parents, and teachers to take advantage of a more focused, individualized plan for the college application and admissions processes. We begin educating about these processes during freshman year to help ensure that each student makes the right decision for her and is attending the college that will allow her to reach her goals and exceed her highest expectations. Another unique aspect of IHA’s College Counseling Department is the way our college counselors work diligently to educate parents about the ever-changing landscape of college admissions. The department’s creation a couple of years ago was truly a collaborative effort, and we are proud that it continually proves to be beyond successful.

Immaculate Heart Academy
500 Van Emburgh Ave
Township of Washington, NJ 07676


In what ways does Maria Regina High School challenge your students to be strong leaders? 

Since its founding in 1957, Maria Regina High School has been a distinguished leader in education for young women, providing a rigorous learning environment and strong social and moral guidance in a faith-based tradition. Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, Maria Regina is committed to the values of Scholarship, Service, and Spirit. We challenge young women intellectually, spiritually, athletically, and through extra-curriculars. By embracing the diverse personal, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds of its students, MRHS develops young women so that they can make a significant contribution to their community and society.

Maria Regina High School
500 W Hartsdale Ave


How can a college degree help you change the world?

At Mount Saint Mary College, we believe that education can help you change the world. For example, at the Mount, our students practice their skills by helping others. So, Accounting majors help prepare taxes for the elderly and underserved, Education students run literacy programs at the community center, and Nursing majors administer flu vaccines to cadets at West Point. No matter your major, a Mount experience will give you plenty of opportunities to develop the courage to lead and make a difference. We see the spark in you, so let us show you how to set the world on fire.

Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave
888.YES.MSMC (888.937.6762)


How is the Oakwood Friends School teaching students to think critically and inclusively?

When our middle school students study sustainable practices in the greenhouse, they incorporate discussions on food scarcity and distribution within the Hudson Valley. They also build valuable critical thinking skills, which help them succeed in high school and beyond. When our high school students create in the darkroom or the ceramics studio, they also look to the chemistry lab to discover what drives their art. Engaging within a diverse community, Oakwood students learn to appreciate and see the world through the lens of classmates from other countries, different cultures, religions, orientations, and backgrounds. Blurring the lines between subject disciplines and respecting diverse views drives a school community to challenge, question, reflect, and act. Learn more about this 224-year-old educational journey at www.OakwoodFriends.org.

Oakwood Friends School
22 Spackenkill Rd


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