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  1. Academics
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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Sports
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The Darrow School is a highly rated, private, boarding, alternative school located in New Lebanon, NY. It has 118 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 4 to 1. Tuition is $59,740 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 94% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$34,675
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$59,740
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

The Darrow School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1220
21 responses
Average ACT
28
5 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Spring Term (Annual experiential programs)
    21%
  • Head's Day (spontaneous day off)
    17%
  • Maple Fest (an annual spring celebration)
    13%
  • Senior/Faculty Sports Games
    13%
  • Friday Morning Meeting (silent meeting)
    8%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Sports Banquets
    8%

Boarding

Students Boarding
85%
Boarding Days Per Week
Top Countries
China, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Province of China
International Boarding Students
25%

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
118
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
4:1
National
17:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
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The Darrow School Reviews

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I work at The Darrow School and my experience has been amazing. The curriculum is top-notch, with faculty and staff that are committed to the students and each other. The school culture is warm, respectful and embracing of everyone. Students are engaged, encouraged and supported in all facets of boarding school life for a well-rounded experience that promotes healthy socio-emotional, academic and physical development.

Darrow has amazing facilities and program offerings for a small, independent boarding school. From our top-notch performing arts center for music, theater and media engineering, to the he Kurtz Innovation Center, where students explore new technologies, to The Living Machine™, the country's first ecological wastewater treatment center located in a high school, to name a few.

I consider myself lucky to be part of Darrow and encourage families to give our a school a look for themselves!
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In choosing a school, we were not just looking for a school with great academics but an institution that can vigorously turn students to 360 degrees of visible growth and development, timidity to courage, boldness and independency in a rural setting. We wanted a community with a strong faculty and students relationship; that is zealous to students need and voice; a place where students are not only recipients of mastery in education but givers of what have been deposited in them to help the community to grow continually; leaving behind traces of love for their alma-mata; a place where students are trained to be sensitive about their environment and be partakers of improving it. Lastly, where love is and not fear......and this is Darrow!! FAC is another story as their support for each other is remarkable. Darrow is a family of strength and commitment!
I enjoyed Darrow as a day student as well as--later--a boarding student. My experience there was characterized by learning--not only course content--and friendship, with faculty as well as peers. At any school, there will be teachers you don't like so much; but at Darrow, the good ones are numerous, truly care, and are wholly available to an amazing degree.
Many friends at Darrow had experience with mental health issues; while there were certainly things the school could have done better, the environment is much nicer than any public school and many private schools I know of.
I would say Darrow prepared me for my future; I'm pumped with where I am in college, and handling the issues of college friendships, stress, and sleep with a familiarity and maturity that I owe to my boarding experience.
Like anything, what you get out of Darrow depends on what you put in. In my experience, the culture was an accommodating and nurturing one, and my eagerness to pursue my dreams was well-rewarded.