Darrow School

5.00 (5 reviews)
110 Darrow Road
New Lebanon, NY 12125
Darrow School Photo #1
Darrow School Photo #1
Darrow School Photo #2 - The athletic program emphasizes teamwork, fitness, and the development of specific skills. All students participate in each of the three seasons. Interscholastic teams compete in soccer, cross-country, basketball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Darrow School Photo #3 - Everyone at Darrow is both a teacher and a learner. Our small classes sizes allow students to develop strong relationships with their faculty, emphasizing the transactional nature of education.
Darrow School Photo #4 - At Darrow, we know that students learn best when they are supported, and our inclusive community focuses on valuing one another for all of our unique perspectives and experiences. Darrow students take special pride in their ability to make every interaction as positive as possible.
Darrow School Photo #5 - Problem-solving, creating, and making are key to a transformative educational experience. Darrow students learn by doing, and in the process, they become comfortable with making mistakes and troubleshooting. They are uniquely prepared for college because they understand how to apply what they're learning in the classroom to what they're doing outside the classroom.
Darrow School Photo #6 - Collaboration is at the center of student work at Darrow. Students learn how to communicate effectively, make comprises, and get the best out of one another by working together on group projects.
Darrow School Photo #7 - Everything at Darrow begins with community. Our community is strong and distinctive because it is based on kindness, celebration of our incredible diversity, and active engagement in the work and joy of everyday life. Find your people at Darrow School.
Darrow School Photo #8 - Boarding school doesn't have to be "school away from home" - it can be a second home. We cultivate a strong sense of place, and you'll find students relaxing and working in many different areas on campus. Students live, work, and study at Darrow, all the while learning to be stewards of their own space.
Darrow School Photo #9 - Our Academic Mentoring Program gives students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a mentor to develop their study skills and reach their full academic potential. Mentors teach students how to become better readers, writers, public speakers, etc...
At The Darrow School, we know that future success is important, but we also know that reliance on standardized tests, AP courses, and college matriculations can impede the ability of young people to experience success in the present.
And we don`t subscribe to the notion that a college-preparatory education should be all about where students end up.
Preparing students for success after high school means challenging them to find meaning in everything they do; showing them how to communicate with a diverse group of people with an eye toward collaboration and cooperation; developing them into confident self-advocates; and teaching them to care about the world and the people around them.We have seen the impacts that pressure-cooker environments can have on students.
The negative internalizations that develop around the idea of school can be demotivating, at best, and crippling at worst.
At Darrow, we`ve also seen how quickly those negative internalizations can be untangled, allowing students to rediscover a love of learning and a desire to be inspired.You`ll find more information throughout our site on the features and benefits of Darrow.
But as to the question of "why Darrow?", the answer is straightforward: because the world needs what we offer.

Alumni Reviews
  Review School

  • Review Description

  • Class of 2019
    5 Stars  
    The teachers at Darrow are the main thing that stands out to me. They are not only devoted to teaching you but also seeing you succeed and helping you become the best person you can. . .

  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Rollins College
    Darrow School gave me academic passion. I struggled as a freshman in a public high school and was in need of a change in academic setting to improve my overall experience. Darrow gave me that. . .

  • Class of 2015
    5 Stars  
    University of New Hampshire
    Darrow is a beautiful school set on a National Historic Landmark, that of the first Shaker settlement in the USA. It holds this history in the buildings still used as dorms and academic spaces, and. . .
  • Show more reviews (2 reviews)

Top Rankings

Darrow School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 303 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Darrow SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19321907
Campus Size365 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment110 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1115* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no uniforms!)
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio4:17:1
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$5.5 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Includes both tuition and boarding fees)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$25,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsKristen Kaschub
Associate Director of AdmissionsKris Magargal

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1016
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee


Total Extracurricular Organizations1323

Club or Organization:
Blogging Club, Student Government, Students of Diversity, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Fides, Theatre, Vocal Music Instruction

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Calorie Gallery, Etymology, Finance Club, Outdoor Education, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2017 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Bennington College2
Bucknell University1
Connecticut College1
Grinnel College1
Parsons School of Design1
Purdue University1
Rochester Institute of Technology1
Skidmore College1
Union College1
Williams College1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The Darrow School campus is, in a word, spectacular. Peaceful, private, and brimming with natural color and beauty, not to mention a diverse mix of cultures and ideas, it`s unlike any other private school campus -and probably most other places- you`ve experienced.
  • At The Darrow School, we`re all about trying something new. In fact, it`s a requirement. Take courses in different subject areas, audition for a role in the play, switch from point guard (basketball) to catcher (softball)...but whatever you do, find some meaning in it. Discover that you love literature, find your gift for acting, or learn what a point guard is (basketball). Whatever it is, learn to love it. 
  • Inquire now. 
  • LD types supported: dyslexia, mild learning differences
  • Darrow School accreditations: New York State Assocation of Independent Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Charles Conrad - Apollo 12 Commander, third man to walk on the moon
    • Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo - Radio Sportscaster, Author
    • Sam Harper, '79 - Screenplay writer of Cheaper by the Dozen & Cheaper by the Dozen II
    • Bill Hudnut - Former mayor of Indianapolis & Congressman, author

Profile last updated:

Show me:
People that viewed Darrow School also viewed these schools: Hoosac School, The Masters School, The Knox School, Northwood School and Oakwood Friends School.
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Hoosac School
    Hoosac School Photo - Hoosac School was founded in 1889.
    Grades: 8-12, PG | 218 students 28.4 milesPO Box 9
    HoosickNY 12089
    (518) 686-7331
    28.48-12, PG218
  • Grades: 9-12

    5-12 (day)
     | 686 students
    102.7 miles49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    (914) 479-6420

    5-12 (day)
  • Grades: 6-12, PG | 127 students 106.7 miles541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    (631) 686-1600
    106.76-12, PG127
  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 189 students 130.1 miles92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    (518) 523-3382
    130.19-12, PG189
  • Grades: 8-12

    5-12 (day)
     | 191 students
    61.8 miles22 Spackenkill Road
    PoughkeepsieNY 12603
    (845) 462-4200

    5-12 (day)
Recent Articles
Inevitably at some point while you are looking at boarding schools, your child will ask what it's like living at boarding school. Here are some answers to those questions.
After months of research, school visits, interviews, and tests, you find out that you've been waitlisted. Relax. It's not the end of the world. Here's what to do.
Thinking about sending your tween to boarding school? The personal attention and comprehensive programs which junior boarding schools offer are worth a serious review.
Featured Schools
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Country of Citizenship:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please briefly describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student:
Home Address:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)