The Hartsbrook School
Waldorf Education In The Pioneer Valley Of Western Massachusetts
Clarity of Thought | Warmth of Heart | Strength of Purpose
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“We meet our students as we are and as they are, right here and right now, finite but incomplete; we enlarge and expand in order to engage their minds and fire their hearts, to provoke their imaginations and our own. We remind ourselves that a teacher’s destination is always the same: that special spot between heaven and earth, that plain but spectacular space where we might once again try to teach toward freedom.”
-William Ayres Ph.D., Teaching Toward Freedom
The Hartsbrook High School builds on the foundations established in the elementary school years, offering an education that promotes academic excellence, cultivates artistic expression, develops practical skills and strengthens moral character while growing the student’s clarity of thought, warmth of heart, and strength of purpose.
The academic program strives to engage students’ interest and strengthen their intellectual skills in preparation for college and life-long learning. The program in the arts helps the students develop their capacities for self-expression, practicality, and self-reliance. Community service, internship and international exchange programs allow students to develop a broader perspective and to learn new life skills.
In the healthy and supportive environment of a small school, our students and teachers work side by side in pursuit of their ideals. In a spirit of community, students and teachers plan events, formulate policies, and resolve conflicts.
We seek students with varied strengths and backgrounds who will strive to reach their potential—academically, artistically and socially. The Hartsbrook School offers a challenging and inspiring high school curriculum that successfully integrates academics, arts and life-long love of learning.
To discuss the application process please contact Enrollment Director, Leslie Evans at
or call (413) 584-3198.
Hartsbrook High School offers scholarships to external applicants applying to the 9th grade class in addition to a scholarship fund for students from our current 8th grade class. These scholarships can cover the amount of the families’ financial need (tuition and fees) as indicated by their FACTS Financial Aid application. The Hartsbrook School will commit to these selected students for their full Hartsbrook High School experience, as long as the student continues to fulfill the requirements of the scholarship and the family demonstrates financial need. The goal of this Education Toward Freedom scholarship program is to continue to promote and support diversity in the student body of The Hartsbrook School.
The Scholarship Committee will consider applicants based on the following criteria:
  • Academic, artistic and practical capacities
  • Diversity of interests, engagement and curiosity towards the wider world
  • Leadership potential and social skills
  • Family and student interest in Waldorf Education and Hartsbrook High School
  • Financial need
  • External scholarship applicants will need to arrange for a one day visit to Hartsbrook High School by contacting Leslie Evans at or 413-584-3198.
  • Apply for admission. All of the necessary applications and information can be found on our website,
  • The scholarship application requires a portfolio which includes at least one example of written work and one example of artistic work.
  • Both the High School application and the Renewable scholarship application must be submitted to the Enrollment office by January 15, 2015.
  • FACTS financial aid application must be completed by February 15th, 2015. Please go to to access this application.
  • FACTS will accept your 2013 tax return if your 2014 return is not complete by this date. Call or email the Business Manager, Diane LaBarge at or (413) 586-1908, ext 104, if you have questions about using FACTS.
  • After the above steps have been completed, all scholarship candidates will have an interview with the Scholarship Committee.
January 15, 2014
To apply for a scholarship you must submit the full Hartsbrook High School application, the Education Toward Freedom Renewable High School Scholarship  application including a portfolio, and the Letter of Recommendation.