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    Darrow School ::: New Lebanon, New York ::: Northeast U.S.

    Darrow School

    • Located 2.5 hours from Boston and New York in a Berkshire Mountain setting of unparalleled beauty, Darrow School occupies the site of an original Shaker Village that has been designated a National Historic Landmark
    • 118 students; 25% international; average class size 9 students; student/faculty ratio 4:1
    • Coeducational boarding school with no religious affiliation
    • Nearby ski resort - the largest in Massachusetts - allows for skiing or snowboarding throughout the winter months
    • Unique Tutorial Programs and extraordinary Special Programs in Sustainability and Hands to Work
    • Strong ESOL program with courses in Language Arts, Science and American culture




    4 seasons, cold with snow in winter

    Student Body

    118 students (grades 9-12); 25% international

    Average Class Size

    9 students


    30 faculty; 77% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    100% university placement including Bucknell University, Carleton College, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Oregon, University of Southern California

    Honors & AP

    Darrow offers advanced courses within the established curriculum through independent study in which a student works closely with a faculty mentor.  If the student is interested in taking an AP exam for credit, faculty will work with the student to arrange for a testing site and travel when possible, develop a structured independent study program for preparation

    Special Programs

    Signature "Hands to Work" Program; extensive sustainability initiatives and focus: individually tailored 1:1 Tutorial Program wherein students meet with tutors 2-4 times per week

    Marking System

    Grades are issued on a quarterly basis with parents receiving formal grades and comment reports at the end of each quarter.  Darrow utilizes the standard grading system: A=90-100; B=80-89 ; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59

    Programs of Study

    The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

    English - 4 credits
    History/Social Studies - 3 credits
      (US History) 
    Mathematics - 3 credits
      (Geometry, Algebra II)
    Science - 3 credits
      (one lab science)
    World Languages - 2 credits
    Visual/Performin Arts - 2 credits
    Physical Education - 1 credit
    Health - 0.5 credits
    Financial Literacy - 0.5 credits
    Electives - 1.5 credits

    World Languages offered French and Spanish

    SAT/ACT Scores: Average SAT score = 1191 (only 2 subjects taken); Average ACT score = 25


    The Darrow School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


    Sports: Basketball, Cross-country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

    Non-competitive sports: Alpine Adventure, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Yoga


    Visual Arts courses include: 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Costume Design, Darkroom Photography, Digital Photography, Drawing, Furniture Design, Painting, Printmaking.  In addition to art courses, there are many other opportunities for students to become involved in art activities and projects at the school.

    Performing Arts courses include: Music Theory, Singer/Songwriter, Chorus, Scene Study and Video Production and Theatre Productions.  Students may sign up for private lessons on a variety of instruments.  There are two music concerts per year featuring Darrow students.


    Extracurricular Activities

    Activities: Admission Ambassadors, Core Leaders, Disciplinary Committee, Dorm Wars, Hands-to-Work Crews, Maple Fest, Resident Advisors, Student Government, Student Mentors


    Academic and administration building, 4 athletic fields, Dormitories and faculty housing, Environmental center, Fine arts center, Library, Outdoor pool, Pond, Performing arts center, Student center/dining hall, Science center, Sugar house, Tennis courts

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    ESOL courses in Language Arts, Science and American Culture