Pre-K & Kindergarten
The Homestead Junior High program embraces the creative power of the adolescent. To support this transitional period into adulthood, the Homestead offers a rich curriculum that centers on understanding oneself and one’s relationship with the world.
The opportunities for hands-on learning and community engagement multiply as students transition from the Glen Spey campus to the Hurleyville campus. The high school campus is located on Main Street in Hurleyville, NY a 35 minute drive from the Glen Spey Campus. A shuttle bus is available to transport students from the Glen Spey campus.
“… above all it is the education of adolescents that is important, because adolescence is the time when the child enters on the state of [adult]hood and becomes a member of society.” – Maria Montessori
The early adolescent years are a precarious and potentially powerful time, a time of metamorphosis when the individual sheds the identity of childhood and begins the transition into adulthood. The Homestead offers a close and caring environment where teens can focus on the important work of becoming well-rounded and empathetic adults. Close, supportive peer relationships develop quickly, and students find that they can take off their armor and express who they are in an environment free of bullying and constant status-seeking.
Their days are filled with friendship, collaboration, and meaningful service as we balance classroom time with real world application. Students work closely with experts in the various fields of study to gain first-hand experience and guidance as they begin to solidify the learning track that they will follow during the remainder of the junior and senior high years.
Because of the exceptional ratio of teachers to students, our junior high schoolers are given one-on-one nurturing as they develop organizational tools, test-taking strategies, and are taught how to effectively interact with adults and advocate for their interests, goals, and ideas. We place a high level of emphasis on individual development and nurturing the talents of each unique child.
Professors from neighboring SUNY Sullivan begin instruction at the Hurleyville Homestead campus beginning in 9th grade. During their 7th and 8th grade years students are already familiar with the SUNY campus through their use of the sports facilities and special programs. It is in 9th grade that students are eased into the pace and expectations of college course work. The Homestead teachers work closely with the SUNY faculty to support the students academically and organizationally.
Students are supported in finding multiple avenues for serving their community, both locally and globally. A multi-year business project fosters the creative and entrepreneurial spirit, with the goal of raising funds for a cause of the student’s choice. In permaculture, you might find them planting and tending perennial gardens or designing and building a sustainable geodesic dome structure. Through the inspiration of special guest speakers, trips off campus, and collaborative projects, junior high students have the experience of being effective agents of change in their world.
During these years, a healthy questioning of the status quo arises, and if supported constructively, can lead to a sense of self-worth, competence, and betterment of the world. If thwarted, it can lead to rebelliousness, apathy, and lost opportunity. To support students in this transitional period into adulthood, our junior high program integrates academics and an exploration of the world around us to create an educational experience that fosters purpose, vision, deep creativity, and the acquisition of the necessary skills to implement change.
Across the curriculum areas, students are challenged to apply their hearts, minds, and hands to solving problems they have identified. In the process, they come to know their own personal power and appreciate the abilities of others. Through our integrated curriculum and community service, the students create products and implement projects with real-world impact.