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Our Mission – The Hartsbrook School, a Waldorf School in the Pioneer Valley, is dedicated to nurturing the unique spirit of each child. Our program from early childhood through high school integrates academic, artistic, and practical work to awaken clarity of thought, warmth of heart, and strength of purpose. Through joy in learning, kinship with nature, and working in community we prepare students to meet the challenges of the future and to find purpose and meaning in their lives.
Nestled amid lovely green pastures under the gentle curves of the Holyoke Range, The Hartsbrook School is within close proximity to towns known for the excellence of their academic institutions, as well as their progressive and alternative communities. This exceptional location supports the school as a dynamic center for learning in which the arts and the natural environment are utilized as focal points for education. Our Land Stewardship program adds a unique and vibrant addition to our rigorous academic offerings.
Since 1988 the Hartsbrook School has been a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). There are currently over 180 Waldorf schools on this continent, and over 1,000 worldwide in close to 60 countries. Each Waldorf or Rudolf Steiner School is entirely independent and autonomous, though they all share the pedagogy and curriculum developed by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.
The Hartsbrook School received joint accreditation from the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and AWSNA in 2011, and is also a member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) and AISNE (Association of Independent Schools of New England)