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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. 


Why was Berkshire Country Day School voted “Best Private School in the Berkshires”?

In the words of one of our parents: “The essence of BCD is that it’s a great and unique learning environment – there’s nothing else like it that I’ve ever seen. BCD is full of happy, engaged kids who are self-confident and inquisitive…BCD does more to develop kids as creative thinkers, and most importantly the teachers are incredible.” When you combine BCD’s unique blend of challenge and creativity and our gorgeous 27-acre campus, with a new library/learning commons, science and lab rooms, and inspiring art and music studios, the result is an incredible learning experience that you simply can’t get elsewhere. Each child who attends benefits. Now offering bus service from Hudson, NY.

Berkshire Country Day School
55 Interlaken Rd
Stockbridge, MA


What is the mission of Canterbury School?

Founded in 1915 and guided by our Catholic heritage, Canterbury is a college preparatory, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. The school prides itself on creating a community based on its Five Values — Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Spirituality, and Self Reliance — in which students and faculty forge lasting bonds and every student experiences a broad and challenging program in a small school setting. The School’s educational environment fosters academic rigor, athletic development, artistic enrichment, and spiritual growth, and strives to ensure a superior experience that prepares students for leading colleges and universities and for life. With its rigorous and humane approach to students, both in and out of the classroom, Canterbury’s program inculcates vital intellectual and ethical habits of mind. The school sees all students as individuals, encourages them as necessary, challenges them as appropriate, and inspires them to become moral leaders in a complex, secular world.

Canterbury School
101 Aspetuck Ave
New Milford, CT


What’s cooking at Dutchess Day School?

Dutchess Day School is going culinary! Always committed to providing fun, hands-on learning experiences for its students, the school is introducing two cooking related classes in the after-school program. Starting this year, Dafna Mizrahi, Chopped champion and local restaurant owner/chef, will be coaching the young generation of chefs at DDS, using the Chopped model of innovation with mystery ingredients and focusing on both skills and nutritional guidance.

Dutchess Day School
415 Rte 343


What are the Mount’s most popular academic programs?

Mount Saint Mary College offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs preparing students for careers in Business, Education, the natural and social sciences, and more. The Mount is best known for its prestigious Nursing program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Mount Nursing students enjoy state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical relationships with more than 40 area hospitals. The Mount’s passionate faculty are dedicated to the success of their undergraduate and graduate students.

Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave


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. Students in the darkroom or the ceramics studio look to the chemistry lab to discover what drives their art. Data, reflection, and discussion lead to deeper understanding. Engaging within a diverse community, Oakwood students learn to appreciate and see the world through the lens of a classmate from another country, a different culture, religion, orientations, or backgrounds. Blurring the lines between subject disciplines and respecting diverse views helps create a nurturing and inclusive learning environment at Oakwood.

Oakwood Friends School
22 Spackenkill Rd


How does Poughkeepsie Day School keep students interested, creative, and knowledgeable?

We know that all children are interested in learning, so we actively encourage their curiosity and questions. Our steadfast commitment to providing an education based on active learning and experience that values individual expression, and recognizes that social-emotional development fuels intellectual growth has made us a leading choice for education for more than 80 years. Poughkeepsie Day School is the leading progressive school in the Hudson Valley, serving 235 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Poughkeepsie Day School
260 Boardman Rd

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