History of Mountain Road School

As of 2012, Mountain Road School (founded in 1975) has been happily ensconced in its own home at the beautiful and historic Hand House on County Route 9 in New Lebanon, New York. There is so much to love here:  fields, forests, and the Kinderhook Creek, all on 20 acres of land for the children to ramble through, explore, and discover.  The beautiful setting is integral to the environmental education focus that defines the school.


 Mountain Road School has families from the five surrounding public school districts (Chatham, Berlin, Averill Park, East Greenbush and New Lebanon) as well as families from Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Since its inception in 1975, Mountain Road School has understood the importance of the natural environment in the learning process.  Spending time learning and playing in nature is a distinguishing feature of our curriculum.  This can be seen in a variety of ways: our unique teaching collaboration with Flying Deer Nature Center, outdoor recess for all children each day, and the use of natural materials in the classroom.   Our children climb real trees, splash in streams, wander in meadows, and enjoy the bounty and beauty of nature in every season.

As we look to the future, our commitment to a school in which children and teachers learn the lessons of respect for self, others, and the community, is stronger than ever.  We invite you to learn more about our school and see how we are truly “leading the way.”school at sunset


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