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When a pandemic suddenly forced schools to immediately and unexpectedly shift to online classes for the remainder of the school year, Hudson Valley Schools met this major challenge head on to make sure their students didn’t lose ground. From focusing on the arts to preparing for a career, Hudson Valley schools and programs are continuing the unique educational philosophies and opportunities that set them apart now and in the future.

How will you honor your graduates this year under the current unusual circumstances?

Graduation is a time for celebration and hope. And, despite the challenges facing the world this year, The Darrow School is determined to honor the class of 2020 with a show of love and admiration that will be featured in its digital channels to commemorate this year’s grads. As Head of School Andy Vadnais explains, “True to form, Darrow will harness the energy and enthusiasm that our community puts out into the world and use it to send a message of solidarity, optimism, and hope to our graduating seniors, and the world, as we honor Darrow’s Class of 2020.” And, while we remain committed to delivering the best, in-person, boarding and day school experience, as we have since 1932, our team will be ready with robust virtual learning modules, in case distance learning continues in the future.”

The Darrow School
110 Darrow Road
New Lebanon

When the time is right, in what ways will field trips continue to 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 do you help foster lifelong learning in your students?

According to Head of School Todd Stansbery, “We want our students to live great lives that honor effort and excellence, reflect kindness and fairness, and highlight the importance of responsibility to themselves and others. With an emphasis on character education, we support parents in fostering lifelong learning. We work hard to give our students individual attention with differentiation in instruction and pedagogical approaches to meet our students’ individual and collective needs. TPS’s program and curriculum help students find their place in the school community and prepare them to be global citizens.”

Tuxedo Park School
Mountain Farm Rd
Tuxedo Park

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