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Cold Spring School


The parents, faculty, and trustees of Cold Spring all embody a firm commitment to the philosophy of progressive education and strongly believe in its practices and principles. Belonging to a small school allows our community members to participate in and contribute to all that the school has to offer. Our weekly School Meeting, open to all parents, family members, and friends, reflects the true spirit of our community as we come together to sing, acknowledge, and celebrate the children of Cold Spring School.

With a shared vision and purpose, our Cold Spring community comes together with the intention of creating learning experiences for children and families that are truly special. Our small community, in which every child and family is known, is our strongest asset and a symbol of pride. Our community offers genuine partnerships between home and school and a feeling of true belonging. Doing collective, meaningful work together with like-minded people creates joy in our work and these relationships go way beyond these elementary years. I invite you to learn more about the people who make Cold Spring so special.

Arati Pandit, Director


Cold Spring has been a very special part of my family’s life and we believe so full-heartedly in its intentionality. Rooted in traditions and dedicated to discovery, it truly is joyful learning, for students and teachers alike. I am endlessly grateful to be here.

kim garley-erb, k/1 head teacher

Our Commitment to Inclusion

Diversity is at the core of Cold Spring School’s values, educational philosophy, and mission. With families from across the city, surrounding towns, and around the globe, we are committed to fostering a more interwoven, equitable, and peaceful world by teaching, modeling, and acting with openness, curiosity, reflection, and justice.

At this moment, we wish to reaffirm Cold Spring School’s deep commitment to creating and holding a space in which each of our children and families is known, embraced, and safe. Cold Spring invites and, in fact, encourages the participation of children and families of diverse nations, religions, races and ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientation. Cold Spring School’s mission is to challenge “children to become self-reliant, curious, and resourceful problem solvers with the academic and social skills to engage constructively and ethically in our diverse, changing world.” We believe this mission is best fulfilled in a learning community where children feel safe to be themselves and where differences are viewed as rich opportunities for learning and growth.