Nature Based, Child Centered, Connected Learning Community


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Supporting families seeking options for their students, the center offers full time and part-time school program, classes, on-going programs, mentoring, portfolio development, a resource center, curriculum support and teacher consultations.

Our focus is a holistic approach to learning, and our priority is to support child-led interests and activities. We help students become self-directed learners and offer resources to support and guide them. Individualized, customized curriculum and learning tools combined with authentic participation in community life form the core of the program.

It is with great excitement that we invite young people to engage in vibrant, creative and connected learning, supported by knowledgeable and caring mentors and teachers.

The Birch School is a multi-age community of learners ages 5 – 17 Each child’s path to discovery is unique. We strive to inspire children to pursue their interests, we provide targeted resources and structure for them to do so, and we help the child record the experience, in whatever form appropriate, for their portfolio.

Explore our website to learn more about this new 21st century learning community.

The Watershed Learning Center is a learning alternative for youngsters in Orange County, New York and the Greater Hudson Valley. It is a nature-based educational program based on democratic principles. We serve students in Kindergarten through High School and Homeschoolers. We offer homeschooling support and assistance for families. We encourage child-led, child-centered, inquiry based and project based learning opportunities. We follow in the tradition of schooling which includes Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilio. We are part of an international network of progressive schools, AERO, Alternative Education Resource Organization. We serve students from Goshen, Washingtonville, Campbell Hall, New Windsor, Cornwall, Newburgh, Walden, Montgomery, Maybrook, Pine Bush, Middletown, Blooming Grove, Warwick, Florida and surrounding areas.
Transportation is available.

More about our vision and inspiration.

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