The School

Our school is a day school for students age 6-18, with students attending 3-5 days a week.  Students will work with a mentor at the beginning of each semester to set educational goals and a plan to accomplish those and will check in with their mentor briefly at the beginning and end of each day for guidance.

Our morning gathering begins at 9 am for centering, mindfulness and/or prayer, and morning guidance.

There will be scheduled formal lessons from 10-12 and 12:30-2:30 with lunch for a half hour in between. Students attend lessons that are within their educational plan and have free choice of activities that are not offered as formal classes at these times as well.

We come together again from 2:30-3 for daily discussions with mentors and afternoon mindfulness and/or prayer before heading off to our own homes for the evening.

Formal lessons will be offered in a variety of subjects and are dependant on the interests of students that year. Examples of classes that will be offered are biology, carpentry, agricultural management, ballet, mathematics by skill level, literature, world history, united states history, geography, biology, chemistry, fiber arts, sewing and tailoring, playwriting and theatre, etc.

Students will be immersed in our self-sustaining farm with opportunities to work with our livestock and in our gardens, use alternative energy regularly, compost everything possible, cut firewood and use a wood stove, identify trees, canoe, practice archery, start and maintain fires, build survival shelters, collect sap and make maple syrup, identify and use wild edible and medicinal plants and many other opportunities that do not exist in an urban environment.

If you are interested in your child attending our school please email thehaddeninstitute@gmail.com for more information.