Why Choose High Meadow?

High Meadow School is a unique learning community for children in nursery through 8th grade, dedicated to fostering social and environmental responsibility, collaboration, creativity, confidence, and connection-making, where adults and children share a sense of belonging based on mutual respect and open communication.
With access to world-class regional resources from our Stone Ridge, NY location -- including the Ashokan Reservoir, Mohonk Preserve, the Hudson River, the historic, thriving city of Kingston, and New York City just a couple hours away -- a High Meadow education fosters curiosity in nature and culture alike.
High Meadow School is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools all over the world, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
Our Mission Statement
Since 1984, High Meadow School has nurtured childrens’ love of learning by engaging their intrinsic curiosity in nature, one another, play, and creative expression. We empower each child to be an independent thinker with a personal voice by providing opportunities to authentically and compassionately participate as a member of a diverse, democratic school community.
As a community, we believe:
  • That providing our students access to a diverse array of perspectives and points of view is a crucial part of a whole education,
  • Education should prepare students to participate actively in a free, diverse, and democratic society,
  • Teachers are the guides and researchers in their classrooms and are in collaboration with each other and the child to find the best way for that child to learn,
  • Education should have the learner at the center of the classroom experience,
  • Children flourish when they are allowed to explore nature, the outdoors and their relationships within their community in a safe and supportive environment,
  • Play is an essential part of learning for children of all ages,
  • Learning should be differentiated by meeting children where they are and taking them as far as they can go,
  • Each child should be known,
  • Learning through inquiry allows children to “be” scientists, historians, artists, who produce ideas rather than simply consuming content,
  • Service is an essential part of being a member of a community,
  • Children thrive when they can choose to learn about ideas that fascinate them,
  • Social/emotional development occurs when children are given opportunities within their communities to identify problems and collectively design their own solutions.
We welcome you to learn more about High Meadow School by exploring our community online and in-person at our campus.