Now accepting applications for 2020-2021 for Pre-K through Grade 8.

MONTESSORI
Education for a culture of peace.
PERMACULTURE
Teaching regeneration for a better future.
HUMANITARIAN
Modeling respect, kindness, and humility.

Learning through Service to Others

Whether it is through reading to kindergartners, creating artwork to save the rain forest, or helping our friends, every student experiences the inherent joy in giving.

Honoring the Path of Each Child

Every child learns differently. As a Montessori school, we create an optimal learning environment that respects each of our student's unique path and pace.

Nature-based Hands-on Learning

Children thrive when left to explore in nature. As part of our curriculum, we regularly explore the 85-acre campus, our 1,500 sq. ft. tropical biodome, and more.

FOUNDED 1978

The Homestead School recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. It was founded in 1978 by Marsha and Peter Comstock.

STUDENTS: 200

Our relatively small size fosters learning and community as students across the program levels interact with each other.

SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS

Our campus features organic gardens, sustainable architecture, and solar panels that generate a surplus of 2 megawatts annually.

LOCATED IN GLEN SPEY, NY

Our school is located on an 85-acre homestead in the beautiful and pristine Upper Delaware River Valley of the Catskill Mountains.

TEACHER-STUDENT: 1:8

Our lower than national average student-to-teacher ratio means more individual attention for our students.

HOLISTIC CURRICULUM

Using an integrated approach to teaching, we offer fine arts, fiber arts, foreign language, music, and permaculture education in addition to the core Montessori curriculum.

  • The Upper Elementary students held a Read-A-Thon so that they could raise money to purchase books to donate to students and classes in need.  The children asked for donations for minutes read or a fixed amount, then they read as much as they could for 11 days.  So far they have raised $1,300.00! #reading #books #learning #education #donations #montessori
  • Mrs.Steakley’s class had a blast making dumplings in the kitchen with Chef Catie Schwalb!
  • The Upper Elementary students had amazing displays of models and artwork throughout their classroom, which highlighted their studies on Early Humans.  They also put on an assembly, The Stone Age! #upper elementary #early humans#fun#assembly #learning #montessori
  • Ms. Jen’s class wrapped up their study of the continent of Asia by celebrating Chinese New Year.  The children paraded through the Early Childhood classrooms.  They participated by holding a dragon made in class, waving streamers and by playing instruments!#chinesenewyear #asia #montessori#education #sullivan county#learning
  • The 2nd and 3rd grade children are beginning to weave landscape tapestries on wooden looms made at the Homestead School!  This is the start to their Fiber Arts portion of their Fine Arts course with Art teacher, Linda Coss. #weaving#looms#fineart#fiberart #landscape #montessori
  • The Homestead School has launched a new website! You can stay up-to-date with us by following and reading our blog and by reviewing our school/academic calendars.  You will also find a wealth of information about the different Montessori experiences at The Homestead.  We are now accepting applications for 2020-2021 for Pre-K through Eighth Grade. #montessori #education #learning #fun #outdoors #enrichment
  • Homestead Students Save the Rainforest!  For the past 29 years, Homestead students have been crafting beautiful art projects as part of their annual rainforest fundraiser, under the director of Marsha Comstock.  This year, Homestead Art Teacher Linda Coss along with her Kindergarten students crafted “Welcome” signs made from re-purposed slate roofing tiles.  This year’s project raised $2,130 which brings the total funds contributed over the years, to over $131K!  These funds have been used by SaveNature.Org to purchase and protect threatened and endangered habitat in Central America.  In total, 1,208 acres have been saved by Homestead School students over the years.  Thanks go out to Homestead parents old and new who have supported this project over the years!!#kindergarten #art#nature#rainforest #endangered #habitat #montessori
  • Newberry Honor Book author Gail Carson Levine visited with our Upper Elementary and Middle School students today (via Skype). The students had prepared questions for Levine, who captivated the audience with her lively replies. “Be patient!” was her advice to these young authors, as her first book was not published until she was 50 years old. She also suggested that “Poetry is the BEST way to write about feelings”. Levine’s award winning novel Ella Enchanted was made into a film.  She has now written well over a dozen pieces of young adult literature and a number of them are now featured as Disney Fairy Movies. Thank you @gailcarsonlevine for taking time for us! 
#writinginspiration #readingismagic #fantasybooks #montessori #educationmatters #writersworkshop #writewhereveryoucan