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High Meadow School is a nursery through 8th-grade independent school that celebrates childhood, the joy of learning and play, and the power of community in a student-centered environment. We honor and welcome each child’s unique voice, identity, and approach to constructing knowledge. Drawing on current pedagogical research, we center diversity, equity, civic engagement, nature, and the arts in the school’s dynamic curriculum and culture. High Meadow students graduate with a strong academic foundation and a developed sense of self, ready to contribute their passions and values to building thriving, sustainable, and equitable communities.



High Meadow School was founded in 1984 by Mimi Labourdette, along with other families who shared her appreciation for John Dewey’s philosophy of progressive education. The area’s natural beauty inspired both the name and the curriculum of High Meadow School, and the first campus was located at Brook Farm at the base of Mohonk Mountain. 

In 1992, High Meadow moved to the current location in Stone Ridge, New York, expanding to three school buildings, a performing arts and athletic center, a music building, a yurt, and a gazebo.

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