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Green Meadow Waldorf School

Green Meadow Waldorf School is a coeducational private school for students in grades Pre-K through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban

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Overview

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Green Meadow Waldorf School offers Parent & Child classes for babies and toddlers up to age 3, serves children from Nursery through 12th grade, and also runs a popular Farm Days summer program. Founded in 1950 and situated on 11 beautiful acres, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the US, with about 350 students.

Benefiting from discovery and play in our Early Childhood program and rigorous intellectual challenges in the High School, Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Green Meadow is one of more than nearly 1000 Waldorf schools worldwide which hold in common the aims of the original Waldorf school --to nurture a clear and responsible sense of self in all students, heightening their awareness of the larger world and their part in it.

Every Green Meadow Waldorf student receives an education that incorporates world languages, an appreciation and respect for worldwide cultures both current and historical, and a broad array of fine and performing arts including, music, movement, sculpture, painting, drawing. Our excellent math program builds proficiency in arithmetic, geometry, algebra, trigonometry and calculus. Science offerings contain a strong empirical component, allowing students to learn scientific principles through first-hand experience and observation.The curriculum incorporates many field trips and activities designed to bring the subject matter to life in a vivid fashion.

The school is in walking distance of Sunbridge Institute, a Waldorf teacher training school; the School of Eurythmy; the Fellowship Community, which cares for the elderly and maintains a farm and biodynamic apple orchard; the Hungry Hollow Co-op, a natural foods cooperative market; and the Threefold swimming pond. This extended community, situated on over 200 adjacent acres, provides opportunities for students to bring the curriculum to life by connecting classroom lessons to real world experiences.The school is accredited by both the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

Curriculum

A Different Way of Teaching: The Essence of Waldorf Education

Some of what used to be unique to Waldorf schools is now cutting-edge pedagogy in public and independent schools: block-style learning, teacher looping, multi-disciplinary instruction (and its impact on neurological development), character education, a recognition of the importance of play and movement throughout the day (and throughout life), and teaching that engages different learning styles.

The essence of Waldorf Education is this: it is founded on the understanding that every child goes through three distinct phases of development. The phases include Infancy and Early Childhood (0-7), Middle Childhood (7-14), and Adolescence (14-21). Each of these stages requires a different approach: by facilitating self-initiated exploration and learning through play during Early Childhood; engaging the vivid imaginative nature of the child in the Lower School; and delivering a curriculum that answers a different life question each year in the High School, Waldorf schools strive to meet our students deeply, where they are in their development.

At Green Meadow, students’ capacities for learning are awakened and enriched by a different way of teaching, and an education brought to life through experience: in storytelling, movement, recitation, observation, dramatic acting, music, drawing, and painting. An emphasis on oral expression in all subjects enables our students to develop into confident, self-aware adults, and a focus on hands-on learning and discovery nurtures their lifelong love of learning.

The Waldorf Curriculum Lays the Foundation for Academic Excellence

Our carefully constructed curriculum, developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 and made new every day by our inspired teachers, includes a comprehensive humanities program based on the great literature and the history and culture of world civilizations. Green Meadow’s excellent math program builds proficiency in arithmetic, computer programming, geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Science offerings in biology, earth sciences, chemistry, and physics contain a strong empirical component, allowing students to learn scientific principles through first-hand experience and observation.

Mission Statement

Green Meadow Waldorf School strives to create a social, cultural, and learning environment that recognizes the child's spiritual freedom and growth. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development, Green Meadow nurtures the physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities of the growing child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Green Meadow Waldorf School engenders in its young people the academic, social, artistic, and practical abilities that will enable them to become self-reliant and generous individuals capable of meeting whatever challenges they face in the future.

Putting Our Mission into Action In a concerted outreach and parent education effort, we at Green Meadow dedicate ourselves to bringing to the wider community an awareness of Waldorf education and of our school’s programs. Offering a developmentally appropriate curriculum which educates children to realize their potential and their humanity, we will aspire to serve those families who share this vision. We continuously assess the needs of our students and their families in order to adapt and evolve our curriculum, organization, and facilities to meet those needs.

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Financial Aid Information

Green Meadow Waldorf School takes very seriously its mission to provide a Waldorf education for all those who desire it. We strive to keep our costs reasonable and, through careful planning and cost-effective measures, we are proud to be able to provide a high quality independent school education at a tuition within reach of a range of families. In addition, Tuition Assistance is also available for those who qualify. For more information, contact Kimberly Frattura in the Business Office at kfrattura@gmws.org or 845-356-2514 x315.

Student Body Information

Diversity Statement The healthy social life is found When, in the mirror of each human soul, The whole community is living, And when, in the community, each human soul finds its reflection. --Rudolf Steiner Green Meadow Waldorf School defines diversity as a range of racial identifications, ancestries, nationalities, native languages, socioeconomic backgrounds, family structures, ages, belief systems, gender and sexual identities, abilities, appearances, occupations, and political affiliations. Enhancing our diversity is a journey of both moral and educational importance and a learning and growth experience for our whole community. We recognize that the richness inherent in a school community is comprised not only of the curriculum, but also of the community of students who are learning about the world together. To this end, we are actively building a school community that will better represent the community in which we are located, and the country in which we live. Honoring the multiple perspectives that exist in our increasingly diverse community calls for ongoing conversation, education, and partnership. Green Meadow facilitates this in many ways. Our rich curriculum immerses students in world cultures and the history of ancient and contemporary societies from across the globe. Green Meadow families come from many points along the socio-economic spectrum, with some paying full tuition and some receiving financial assistance. Our school is spearheading local service learning initiatives as part of our broad commitment to social justice. Each year, many of our high school students go on exchange to other countries and we welcome international students into our school, enriching the entire community. As lifelong relationships are built, we all learn more about ourselves and each other. The Diversity Group’s goals for the school in the coming years include increasing enrollment by groups under-represented within our community; deepening dialogue among faculty, staff, parents and students on what diversity means, and brings, to our community; highlighting the existing diversity in the school and our efforts to broaden it; strengthening our connections to the diverse communities in our area; and striving to make Waldorf Education accessible to every family that wishes to provide it for their children. We are proud to be in the process of training our entire faculty and staff in the Undoing Racism framework.

Student Life Information

An affordable school for all ages As one of the few area Waldorf schools with a high school, we curently have about 350 students in Nursery through Twelfth Grade. We also offer a Parent & Child program for babies and toddlers from birth to age three, and a dynamic Community Education Series that engages and supports parents and brings members of the larger community onto our campus. Dedicated, exceptional Waldorf teachers Our faculty members are trained in the Waldorf pedagogy and comprise a mix of seasoned, maturing, and newer teachers. Faculty receive generous support for professional development, as well as ongoing mentoring and other resources. Learn more about our faculty. 11 acres, close to New York City Our beautiful wooded campus boasts fields and streams, is a short walk from a working farm and two biodynamic gardens, and is only 20 miles north of the George Washington Bridge. Students enjoy access to the cultural and historical richness that NYC has to offer, while also taking hiking trips in nearby Harriman State Park and enjoying the safety and freedom of our spacious campus. Students from about 90 towns, 13 counties, and several countries attend our school. Commitment to equity and justice Our Diversity Statement is a living document that expresses our commitment to building a community that sees and serves every student in our school. The vision articulated there informs the work of the entire school, from the Admissions Office to the classrooms. We are proud to be in the process of training our entire faculty and staff in the Undoing Racism framework. Support for working families We offer an affordable and flexible After-School Program that serves children in Nursery through Lower School. The program runs until 6pm every day, and is also offered on most school holidays and breaks. Independence and excellence Green Meadow is one of the largest and oldest Waldorf schools in North America. A 65-year-old independent school that adheres to a unique and time-tested curriculum, our students are free to learn without the pressure and stress of standardized testing. We benefit from the external support offered by our full accredited member status in the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the NY State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). We are also accredited by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).

Teaching Philosophy Information

Green Meadow Waldorf School is an independent day school located 20 miles from New York City in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County, NY. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest and largest Waldorf schools in the US. From the young child's imaginative experiences of discovery and play in our Early Childhood program to the intellectual challenges presented in the High School, learning at Green Meadow is pursued with genuine desire and curiosity. Through a curriculum of academically challenging lessons, infused by the arts and informed by a unique understanding of a child's developmental needs -- the hallmark of Waldorf education -- Green Meadow Waldorf School educates its students to become well-rounded individuals capable of bringing purpose and direction to their lives, ready to think on their own, stand for themselves and act with empathy toward others. Green Meadow graduates are accepted at selective undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities around the country. With the benefit of their rich, interdisciplinary education, they pursue a wide range of interests and professions and go on to make a significant impact on the world. Recognized internationally as a leading Waldorf school, Green Meadow Waldorf School offers an Early Childhood program (Parent & Child for those from birth to three, as well as Nursery and Kindergarten) and Grades One through Twelve. Our beautiful 11-acre campus allows our students access to the natural world, while our proximity to major highways enables us to attract a diverse student body of approx. 350 children, who come from 13 counties and nearly 90 towns in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as from several countries around the world.

Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Email
  mmcdonagh@gmws.org

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Quarter

Student Services

Student Services
    Academic Support Services
  • We help students connect to local school-district resources and other appropriate resources.
  • Counseling Services
  • We offer college guidance and other student counseling.
  • International Student Support Groups
  • We have an International Student Support Coordinator.
  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups
  • Affinity groups are in formation.
  • Minority Support Groups
  • Affinity groups are in formation.
  • Peer Tutoring Programs
  • Study Abroad
  • About 70% of our 10th graders go on a 3-6 month exchange to Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, or Spain) or South America (Chile or Argentina).

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 352
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 22
Kindergarten 58
1 26
2 29
3 27
4 23
5 28
6 17
7 15
8 10
9 20
10 24
11 23
12 30

Green Meadow Waldorf School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Green Meadow Waldorf School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Gender 49% Male / 51% Female
Dress Code Casual
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 12%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 13%
Pedagogical Administrator   Bill Pernice
Business Administrator   Eric Silber

Extracurriculars

Specialty Classes An array of specialty classes complements and supports Green Meadow’s main academic curriculum from Grades 1-12: A comprehensive physical education and sports program enables our students to learn to move and compete in healthy ways. Green Meadow students also learn the art of eurythmy, a form of movement in which language and music are expressed through movement and gesture. Through our extensive music program, all Green Meadow students take up the recorder in the first grade, begin stringed instrument lessons in the third grade--with an option to switch to wind or percussion in the fifth grade--and develop their musical training through instruction in theory, chorus, orchestra, and band. Classes in handwork and applied arts stimulate both the imagination and the intellect. Students are taught knitting in first grade, move on to learn woodworking, pottery, and metalwork among other arts, and by twelfth grade are skilled at bookbinding. Instruction in two foreign languages (Spanish and German) begins in the first grade and continues through the twelfth (students select one language in eighth in which to concentrate through twelfth); about 70% of our high school students choose to apply their language skills by spending a semester abroad through our International Exchange Program.
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Student Council
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Outcomes

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Green Meadow Waldorf School include:

  • Juliana Margulies - Actor

Associations & Memberships

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)

New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)

Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)

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