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New Outdoor Skills Program at The Birch School

“At the Birch School we aim to bring joy to learning. The Birch School is a mixed age learning community based on the ideas of ecology. We value diversity and spontaneity, and emphasize the interconnections, patterns and systems that make a community,” shares founder and school director Kate Fox. Making sure that students are happy and healthy is an important part of the program. Each student has their own individualized plan and participates in classes, including, history, math, English, programming, engineering, life sciences and independent projects. Birch offers multiple opportunities for hands-on learning.

Students at Birch lead their own assessment conferences every quarter and participate in a regular showcase of student work to demonstrate their learning. “In our 6th year, we are excited to introduce an outdoor skills program and part time home school program in addition to our full time program for students ages 7 to 18,” explains Fox.

The Birch School’s faculty are highly experienced, caring teachers who treat each student at the valuable individual they are. The Birch School is part of the LRNG Educator Innovator Network and is supported by the National Writing Project.

In July, Fox participated in a National Resource Development Retreat in Denver, Colorado with sixty educators from around the United States. Her blogs about connected learning are at thecurrent.educatorinnovator. org/resource/6768.

Location: 9 Vance Rd. Rock Tavern, in eastern Orange County near I-84 and ten minutes from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Call 645-7772 to schedule a tour or learn more.

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