The Hartsbrook School was founded in 1981 in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by parents. As a fledgling Waldorf school, located on a biodynamic farm, we began with one teacher and a handful of kindergarteners. Today, The Hartsbrook School continues to thrive, enrolling over 250 students from early childhood through grade twelve at our 54 acre campus in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Hartsbrook’s campus encompasses extraordinary acres of preserved land, working farmland, woodlands, wetlands, and an ever-changing view of the Holyoke Range. Forty-two of our 54 acres are part of the Agricultural Preservation Restriction program, which grounds our integrated Land Stewardship program. Our campus includes: original 1900s farmhouse, sustainable buildings, advanced science labs, barnyards, greenhouses, forest classrooms.
The Hartsbrook School offers our students an education that builds the capacities needed to meet the challenges of today’s world. Our approach is unhurried, intentional, and deeply informed by our understanding of development. Academics are learned through experience and experimentation. Days are filled with arts, music, movement, academics, and meaningful work.
The Hartsbrook School and Waldorf education embraces our common humanity. We promote an understanding of all the world’s peoples and their experiences. We are independent and non-sectarian, educating all children while valuing our many cultural or religious backgrounds. The Hartsbrook School is committed to antiracism and strives to make this work a priority in the life of the community.