The Birch School
Supporting families seeking options for their students, our focus is a holistic approach to learning, and our priority is to support child-led interests and activities. We help students become self-directed learners and offer resources to support and guide them. Individualized, customized curriculum and learning tools combined with authentic participation in community life form the core of the program.
The Birch School is now entering its seventh year, and has grown into a lively mixed-age learning community. We enjoy busy days in the sunny “green” building and spend time outdoors in the large yard and woods. Our students are ages 7 to 17.
We are developing a unique educational environment by putting cutting edge learning research into practice. Using 21st century tools and embracing agile attitudes, we promote collaboration and self-organization. Guided by ecological principles we strive to straddle the gap between nature and technology for young people growing up in times of rapid change and innovation.
It is with great excitement that we invite young people to engage in vibrant, creative and connected learning, supported by knowledgeable and caring mentors and teachers.
9 VANCE LN ROCK TAVERN, NY 12575
A Little About Our Programs
Our school program currently serves students in grades 2- 12, from ages 7 – 17.
Our school program is divided into elementary school, middle school, and upper school.
The curriculum is individualized, with a foundation in age-appropriate natural history, geography and history, science, technology, math, literature, writing, music, and the arts.
Each student’s program is developed with the cooperation and partnership of each student, their parents, and teachers. Frequent communication and readjustment of program and goals when necessary ensure that students are progressing on the desired path.
The school coach, student, and parents work together to build a program around the student’s needs and interests and the available classes at the center.
A variety of resources and learning methods are available to students, and teachers and educational coaches work with individual students to identify and pursue the most appropriate method for the student and topic. Group classes, independent study, online learning, audio classes, open university classes, games, research, group projects, field trips, special guests and instructors, virtual field trips, interviews, simulations, project-based learning challenges, are just some of the possible sources of learning that students can choose to engage with.
Core subjects such as English, Science, Social Studies and foreign language are offered in a class format for students. Options are available for individual learning if desired.
Hear it from our parents!
The Birch School has allowed my children to be who they are. The public schools weren’t the right fit. Nice to know there are alternative schools, and teachers to help our children learn.
My daughter could not block out the negative behavior in public school. She was an anxious mess. In just 6 months she is a completely different kid. She can be her authentic self with no social pressure. The teachers are genuinely kind people who are willing to mold to the learning needs of each child. Bravo Birch School, we are so grateful for you !
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