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.