Darrow School

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110 Darrow Road
New Lebanon, NY 12125
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Darrow School Photo #1 - 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 #2 - 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 #3 - 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 #4 - 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 #5 - 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 #6 - 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 #7 - 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 #8 - 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.

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  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars  
    St. Lawrence University
    Darrow's most unique and positive attribute is the warm and welcoming community created by the faculty and students. The faculty are always willing to help you both academically and personally; they become more than. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 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 Founded19321910
Campus Size365 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment110 students313 students
% Students of Color
30%
23%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
67%
Average SAT Score1115* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no uniforms!)
Casual
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:41:7
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
69%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$5.5 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,740
(Includes both tuition and boarding fees)
$56,875
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$30,000
% Students on Financial Aid
60%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$42,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
70%
56%
Director of AdmissionsNicholas Forcier
Associate Director of AdmissionsStephanie Boulay

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1323
ExtracurricularsHands-to-Work

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 Universirt1
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. 
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  • LD types supported: dyslexia, mild learning differences
  • Darrow School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and 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

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