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The Hartsbrook School is one of 180 Waldorf schools in North America and over 1,000 worldwide. Waldorf schools seek to develop students’ humanity by offering an education that promotes academic excellence, cultivates artistic expression, develops practical skills, and strengthens moral character.
Founded in 1981, The Hartsbrook School inaugurated its high school in 2002 and graduated its first seniors in 2006. For more than a decade the high school has realized a rigorous college preparatory program within the framework of Waldorf pedagogy, which stresses a developmental approach toward the teaching of academic subjects and the integration of fine arts and practical arts throughout the curriculum as essential for developing students’ capacities to grow into their full human potential. The high school enrolls students who are interested in an education that develops their capacities for academic excellence, for purposeful and meaningful life activity, and for social responsibility. The high school seeks to educate adolescents to face the challenges of today’s world and to forge a better, more humane future.
The Hartsbrook School is located in the small town of Hadley in the Connecticut River Valley. Situated among the Five Colleges and adjacent to Amherst and Northampton, it enjoys access to a wide array of cultural and academic opportunities. Seated also in an active and productive agricultural community, The Hartsbrook School has developed an Agricultural Arts and Land Stewardship Program that is an integral part of the school’s programming.
The high school typically comprises a student body of 40 to 60 students, including a number of visiting international exchange students, and enrolls approximately 50% of its students from among those who have completed a Waldorf elementary school education, and approximately 50% from among students who have received their prior education at local public and private schools.
The Hartsbrook School is fully accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). To date, 98% of our graduates have gone on to attend a wide variety of post-secondary institutions. Core high school teachers carry advanced degrees in their fields and professional training in Waldorf pedagogy, and many have taught at the college level before coming to Hartsbrook. The adjunct faculty contribute special expertise from a diverse background of study and life experience. The high school welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability.