At Darrow School, we are dedicated to serving students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.
Our challenging and individually focused college-preparatory curriculum features a unique combination of classroom instruction, project based learning, active curriculum, and environmental consciousness. As a Darrow student, you will be an individual, honored and respected for yourself, within a great, diverse and close-knit community of scholars.
At Darrow, learning is hands-on, minds-on work.
Our college-preparatory curriculum actively engages students in all types of subject matter through discussion inside the classroom, and direct experience outside the classroom, where they conduct experiments, perform project-based assignments, and use the Darrow environment as a living laboratory. Supported by our expert faculty, Darrow students actively participate in their own education.
Darrow’s active curriculum also means that students, faculty, and staff support the community by working both on and off campus. Since its inception in Darrow's first days as a school, the Hands-to-Work program has been a hallmark of active learning. Each Wednesday morning, Darrow students learn by doing: in our cafeteria helping to make lunch for their classmates; outside tapping trees to make maple syrup; assisting children in early-reading programs, among many other examples. Each year our Hands-to-Work teams spend more than 13,000 hours learning while contributing to our community.
The curriculum is balanced between traditional liberal arts areas of study (math, science, the arts, literature, and world languages) and an exciting menu of highly creative electives that enable students to explore their own passions and interests. Athletics (including team sports and individual pursuits) and the arts, both performing and visual, are cornerstones of our educational approach.
When students are inspired to action they become engaged in their own learning.
Our beautiful mountainside campus, a National Historic Landmark, is rich in its Shaker heritage, and provides an ideal setting. Darrow is the only school in the United States located on the site of an historic Shaker village. It’s a setting of unparalleled beauty and historical significance that has helped define the character of the School and touches the lives of everyone who lives and learns here.
At Darrow, the students, faculty, staff, and leadership are the foundations of our community. They set the tone. Our community also includes alumni, supporters, neighbors, and friends, all of whom play an important part in making Darrow what it is. The sense of community shared by all these people is defined by respect, trust, hard work, and a willingness to support each other through thick and thin.
Every independent school has a community. Darrow’s is strong and distinctive because it is based on kindness, tolerance, hard work, and being actively engaged in the work and joy of everyday life.
110 Darrow Road
New Lebanon, NY 12125
Toll Free: (877) 432-7769
Tel: (518) 794-6000 | Fax: (518) 794-7065