Abacus Mom received this announcement from the Darrow School, which is accepting applications for the Spring Semester.

The Darrow School is a private co-education boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and Post Graduate. Located in the Hudson Valley, at the Berkshires’ foothills, our 365-acre campus is at the center of world-renowned arts and culture. Founded in 1936, Darrow prepares students for success, providing the framework to deepen thinking with specialized programs inspiring our students to explore the creative spaces where ideas intersect, and solutions emerge.

The Darrow School’s new Centers for Excellence will allow students to hone their unique talents or skills, debuted this Fall. A curricular program rather than a physical space, the Centers’ curriculum focuses on three major subject areas: Art, Design, and Innovation; Musicianship and Performance, and Academic and Personal Enrichment (CAPE). Like a college concentration or minor, the Centers allow students to delve deeply into a specialty of their choice.

  • The Center for Art, Design, and Innovation offers traditional visual arts courses and classes in graphic arts and design, web development, animation, game design, robotics, and coding. Students will have opportunities to engage with the local community through visits with professionals in the field, museum exhibitions, and college programs.
  • The Center for Musicianship and Performance begins with classroom study that leads to opportunities experiencing off-campus concerts and workshops, honing their performance, writing, and production skills. Students can study with guest artists and take original classes on the social impact of music on society at Darrow’s state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.
  • CAPE programming tackles the topics of financial literacy, health and wellness, learning skills, and a successful transition to post-high school life. Darrow has a long history of supporting student learning through tutoring and mentoring programs that serve academic needs in powerful ways.

“Darrow has always been a school where students discover their identity and graduate knowing who they are. We want to help students push the envelope in their given specialties and move towards wholeness in life,” said Andy Vadnais, Head of School.

In addition to The Centers for Excellence, Darrow has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of “hands-on learning,” and teachers use real-world topics and a dynamic approach to capture the imagination and make the subject matter come alive. To learn more about The Darrow School or register for an upcoming Virtual Open House please contact Kristen Kaschub, Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management, at (518) 704-2765 or visit https://www.darrowschool.org/