Hudson Valley Education; Hudson Valley Schools & Camps In Upstate New York


From traditional schools to progressive programs, Chronogram’s coverage of educational opportunities in the Hudson Valley is wide reaching. Feature articles address controversial issues, like technology and meditation in the classroom, as well as interviews with educators and students. Nontraditional educational opportunities in the Hudson Valley, like Waldorf and Montessori schools, are profiled so that parents can make a more informed decision about where their child goes to school.


Teaching During the Pandemic with an Artist’s Mindset

What art education look like in the age of lockdowns.

Tags: In the Classroom

Teaching During the Pandemic with an Artist’s Mindset

Artists who teach understand the importance of letting go and starting again—an essential quality in educators during a pandemic.

Tags: In the Classroom

Arts Education in COVID-19: Chronogram Conversations Recap

On June 30, Chronogram hosted a virtual conversation on Zoom with educators from across the region about the challenges and opportunities of teaching art during a pandemic. The conversation was sponsored by Cornell Creative Arts Center.

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Pandemic Pivot: Educators Re-Examine Long-Held Assumptions

Schools across the region—from kindergarten to higher ed—are questioning long-held assumptions.

Tags: The Future Is Now

2020 Hudson Valley Summer Camp Guide

While there was heated debate earlier this spring about whether or not summer camp programs should go forward, on June 13, Governor Cuomo gave camps the green light to start programming as of June 29. Here is your 2020 guide to Hudson Valley summer camps, including which programs are continuing ahead in-person, which have gone virtual, and which are cancelled for the season.

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These Hudson Valley Summer Dance Programs Will Keep Kids Moving

Registration is now open for the Vanaver Caravan's SummerDance and CaravanKids
Summer just isn’t the same without camps. For kids and teens, they’re an invaluable opportunity to build lasting friendships and learn new skills. For parents, they come as a well-deserved break accompanied by the peace of mind that their kids are having fun in an enriching environment. This year, kids and parents both can look forward to the return of SummerDance and CaravanKids, the beloved summer dance programs from New Paltz-based the Vanaver Caravan.

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How to Improve Your Job Prospects During a Pandemic

Tips from Hudson Valley Career Development Coach Ros Geuss
With the economy projected to take at least a year to recover, the job market for recent college graduates or those suddenly laid off mid-career might remain especially tight. Certified Career Development Coach Ros Geuss offers tips for improving your job prospects during the pandemic.

Tags: Adult Ed-Continuing

Fast Track: Clarkson University Introduces Full-Time Master of Science in Engineering Management

In addition to their part-time Masters of Science in Engineering Management program, Clarkson will offer a new full-time program that accelerates the existing curriculum into a single year, providing recent graduates and other professionals an opportunity to enhance their management skills during otherwise difficult career transitions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pomp, Despite the Circumstances: Hudson Valley Graduations Amid COVID-19

With in-person graduation ceremonies put on hold, schools are innovating what commencements look like for students and families.

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The Juggle is Real

Mom-Entrepreneurs Struggle to Balance Business and Kids From Home Amid COVID-19
According to a New York Times survey, 80 percent of mothers with children under 12 have said they are spending more time homeschooling their children than their partners. We talk to local mompreneurs.

Tags: In the Classroom

Five New Online Hudson Valley Happenings

Music, theater, classes—and Opus 40 is open for socially distant visits.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Going the Distance: This Capital Region School Has Embraced the Remote Learning Challenge

With their curriculum safe in hand, Doane Stuart is sharing educational resources with the public
Doane Stuart has made a successful pivot to online learning as their students continue their usual 8am to 3pm schedule from home. Eager to share their educational modules with the public, the capital region school has also created a Google Drive folder with short mini lessons that are open for anyone to view.

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Learning by Doing at the Homestead School

Bringing Education to Life
In 1978, Peter and Marsha endeavored to create a place of wonder for the young human soul to flourish—welcome to the Homestead School in Glen Spey, NY.

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San Miguel Students Thrive Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

San Miguel Academy teachers, staff, alumni, and families have come together to ensure students continue to thrive in the midst of school closures and COVID-19. They switched to online learning, started a pantry, and deliver food to the students' homes.

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Hudson Valley Parent Resource Guide: Online Activities For Kids

As if working from home weren't already enough of a challenge, parents of school-aged kids must find ways to keep their children engaged, entertained, and learning while everyone bunkers down and shelters in place. This resource list rounds up some of the Hudson Valley organizations offering online learning, crafting, and playing opportunities for kids.

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Time to Lead: Clarkson University’s Master of Science in Engineering Management

Clarkson University is training the next generation of leaders in engineering and technical fields with its Master of Science in Engineering Management, based out of its Beacon campus.

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COVID-19 Forces Hudson Valley Private Schools Into Unchartered Territory

On March 25, Chronogram hosted a video roundtable with local heads of private schools to talk about the educational and institutional challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Why This Capital Region School Opted Out of Advanced Placement

The College Board’s influence on students’ education in the form of standardized tests like the SAT and Advanced Placement exams has increasingly been questioned by high school counselors and colleges, including the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer.

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A Day at Summer Camp

A whimsical illustrated account of just another glorious day at summer camp from a former YMCA camp counselor.

Tags: Summer Camps

9 Tips for Navigating the College Admissions Process

Applying to college is more anxiety-inducing than ever—for both parents and students. The process seems like it’s defined by an ever-morphing list of deadlines and requirements—made all the more serious by its far-reaching impacts post-college, too. To help us figure out what really matters in the college admissions process, we turned to Kathleen Bracken, an admissions pro with over 15 years of experience and the Director of College Counseling at the Doane Stuart School, an independent preparatory school in Rensselaer serving grades preK through 12. How do you help students find a college that's right for them? When I first meet with juniors, many are surprised at how few questions I ask about college specifically. Much of what I try to gather is about the student’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and hopes. Students should consider who they are, their goals, and how they learn best. They should also do their own practical research by taking campus tours and meeting with admission representatives. When do you recommend students start applying to college? At Doane Stuart, no applications are done before senior year. Yet, in some ways, the process begins when students enter high school. The grades and activities from that point forward will be part of students’ applications. As students progress through high school, it begins more in earnest. How many colleges should a student apply to? I recommend students enter senior year with a list of about 6 to 10 schools they want to focus on. Does the mix of in-state vs out-of-state schools matter? A common myth I hear is that staying in-state is always cheaper than going out of state. The reality is much more nuanced and depends greatly on the schools themselves, the student’s academic profile, and the family’s financial situation. I’m lucky to work closely with families to navigate their specific circumstances. Students in New York State are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of public schools to consider. How important is selecting a major? Balance is everything! There can be way too much pressure on high school students to select a major or career they’ll pursue for the rest of their life. Studies show that it’s very common to change one’s mind during the college years. I strive to strike a balance by helping students explore careers, while not putting pressure on 16-year-olds to choose their life path. Should students consider applying early decision? Early decision continues to be an important recruiting tool for many selective colleges. There are some colleges that fill more than half of their incoming class through early decision. This is a big commitment, not to be undertaken lightly, but it’s important for students to understand the role it can play. Here’s an example: Hamilton College filled 50.7 percent of the class of 2022 through early decision. The early decision acceptance rate was 42 percent versus a regular decision acceptance rate of 19.2 percent. How important is a student’s GPA? A GPA means nothing without the context of a high school transcript. The transcript can show trends in performance over time, as well as how a student has challenged him or herself. The GPA is just a number, which varies among different high schools using different grading scales. At Doane Stuart, we use a very standard 4.0 scale and don’t weight any of our courses, which makes it easier for colleges to understand. Are standardized tests like the SAT still valued by colleges? The weight given to these tests varies greatly by school. At some schools, standardized tests aren’t even required, a trend I applaud. I’m a strong supporter of Fair Test, a nonprofit that works to prevent the misuse of test scores. They maintain a list of test-optional and test-flexible schools, which grows longer every year. The surge of test-optional admissions shows no signs of stopping. It’s encouraging to see the waning influence of the College Board, and see colleges recognizing that many wonderful, bright, motivated students don’t show their strengths from a grueling four-hour exam on one Saturday of their life. The college admissions process seems like it gets more competitive every year. How do you keep students grounded despite all that pressure? I tell students at the onset of the admissions process that this is not fatalistic. College admissions is not an evolution toward one perfect school. Students should have the mindset that there are many places they can be happy and get a great education. In this process, there are factors both inside and outside of a student’s control. They should focus on the things they can do to bolster their applications, rather than factors completely outside their influence, like legacy connections. Your grades, however, are in your control! I often repeat something a great yoga teacher told me: Stay on your own yoga mat! This process is very personal. It’s not helpful to spend time comparing yourself to others. Focus on your own journey, and define success for yourself. Don’t invest your time and energy worrying about what other people are doing. ...

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Guided Meditation for Healing Online Meditation Retreat Live Zoom

Fri., Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 15 and Sun., Aug. 16 — Meditations for Healing. Our mind is our greatest healer. Discover how to...

Art Class with Jillian - Cornell Creative Arts Center

Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28 — In Cornell Creative Art Center's virtual art classes with Jillian, students will...

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Hudson Valley Schools

Chronogram’s school coverage ranges from elementary school and high school to early college programs and higher education in Upstate New York. Bard College at Simon’s Rock offers a nontraditional college for the early achiever while continuing education opportunities in the Hudson Valley include classes and programs for adults getting a late start. Interviews with local educators, like Vassar College President Catherine Hill, give a sense of the infrastructure of local school systems. Our Education Almanac offers a resource for navigating the wide-variety of educational offerings in the Hudson Valley, including Woodstock schools, Kingston schools, and more.

Hudson Valley Camps

Chronogram’s coverage of Hudson Valley summer camps includes programs available through the YMCA, local schools, nature museums, adventure camps, and arts and culture programs. We feature comprehensive almanacs detailing available summer camps in the area, as well as more detailed program lists for specific organizations, like Poughkeepsie Day School and Mill Street Loft.