Nurturing Living Connections, Early Childhood through Grade 12

Fast Facts & FAQ

Fast Facts

Date of founding of Hawthorne Valley February 11, 1971
Date of first early childhood class September 1973
Date of first elementary grade September 1973
Date of first completed 8th grade 1978
Date of first 9th grade September 1980
Date of first graduating 12th grade 1983
Memberships, Accreditations, and Charter Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA), full member

New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), accredited member

New York State Board of Regents, under whose jurisdiction we awards diplomas


General Questions

What is Anthroposophy?

Rudolf Steiner characterized Anthroposophy as a path of knowledge that leads the spirit in the human being to the spirit in the world. He described how, by developing our human potential, we gradually become able to recognize the creative laws that are at work in living nature and in human and social life. In this way, Anthroposophy complements natural science and leads to insight into such profound and challenging issues as the nature of sentience, soul, the human spirit, and organic life. Anthroposophy fosters individual development and freedom and also cultivates social responsibility and respect for others.

Who was Rudolf Steiner?

Born in Austria, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an international figure of his day who forged new directions for cultural and spiritual life. He was a scientist, educator, artist, and thinker of extraordinary dimension. His answers to the questions and concerns of his students led to movements of renewal in education, medicine, science, agriculture, religion, the arts, and human consciousness. His many books and extensive lecture courses laid the basis for a new understanding of the human being, eventually called spiritual science or “Anthroposophy” (from the Greek Anthropos, “man” and Sophia,” wisdom”).

The Annual Fund

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a yearly appeal to our community of parents, faculty, alumni and friends to help raise funds that bridge the gap between tuition and the annual operating expenses of the school.

Why does HVS ask for Annual Fund donations in addition to tuition?

Tuition alone does not cover the annual operating expenses of the school. All independent schools like ours rely on an Annual Fund to help cover operating expenses. The Annual Fund provides crucial financial support to the school, allowing HVS to offer tuition assistance to 56% of school families, helping to maintain a diverse student body.

What are the major components of the HVS operating budget?

Approximately 70% of the annual operating budget goes to salaries and benefits for the HVS faculty. The balance supports facilities, administrative costs, program expenses and supplies.

Why not increase tuition?

Many variables are taken into account in setting tuition each year. Every effort is made to balance affordable tuition while sustaining our faculty and programs at the highest standards. Modest tuition increases help to make Waldorf Education accessible to as many interested families as possible.

How important is the Annual Fund?

Without a robust and growing Annual Fund, the school would not have the necessary resources to provide the Waldorf Education that draws a diverse group of families to HVS.

Why is 100% participation important?

The school’s financial strength depends upon the participation of the entire community. Your contribution generates enthusiasm and encourages others to support the school. Parent participation is a key indicator to major donors, foundations and outside funders that the community is strong and worthy of support.

How much should I give?

All families, regardless of tuition assistance, are asked to give an amount that is meaningful to them. Gifts range from under $100 to over $10,000. Each and every gift is valued and contributes equally towards our goal of 100% participation.

How do I give?

• Give online
• Contact Lauren Haberland, Hawthorne Valley Development Director at 518-672-4465 x 231 or via email.

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