Welcome to Cold Spring School – a small, unique school community committed to progressive education. Cold Spring’s founders had a vision to create a school in which every child was known and every voice was heard. Their vision embraced thematic teaching in which learning is integrated and connected. They dreamed of classroom environments that sparked curiosity and honored children’s thinking and creativity. Thirty five years later, this vision still holds true.

The trustees, administrators, and teachers proudly shoulder this responsibility as we work to design our distinct school that reflects the ideas, ethics, attitudes, and cultures of progressive education.

Come experience the joy in learning, the joy of teaching, and the joy of being part of our Cold Spring School community!

Arati Pandit Arati Pandit
Arati Pandit, Director

The Program

Classes at Cold Spring are multi-grade with two full-time teachers, a Head Teacher and an Associate Teacher. Classrooms are designed to provide a warm learning environment that promotes small group and individual learning. Teachers use a thematic approach that integrates the study of language, math, social studies, and science. Children in all grades also receive instruction in Spanish, Art, Fitness, Music, and Tinkering.

Assessment of children’s progress is ongoing and communication between teachers and parents occurs both informally and formally through written progress reports shared during conferences over the academic year.

THEMATIC STUDIES

Thematic Studies, yearlong studies focused on societal or environmental studies, provide the framework for curriculum to develop in all grades from preschool to sixth grade.

They provide opportunities for integration of curriculum across disciplines and collaboration between classroom and special area teachers. The teaching of facts and skills is balanced with the creativity, discovery, and wonder to which thematic studies naturally lead. Through the lens of thematic studies, children get practice in working through long-term projects that extend for months, even the full year. Students actively engage in research with the expectation of presenting their learning by writing papers, building models, or public speaking at the end of their studies. Some examples of thematic studies include marine sciences, personal histories, sustainable societies, crossing borders, the natural world, and more.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CURRICULUM

Every child is known by every adult at Cold Spring. We care about the social/emotional development in children as much as we care about academic learning.

The smallness of our school provides us with multiple opportunities to build community in genuine ways in both classrooms and at school as a whole. Respect, gratitude, compassion, empathy, and resilience form the core of the social/emotional curriculum. Classroom charters provide the opportunity for children to practice the language and skills required to be responsible and positive community members.  Both “window and mirror” opportunities are offered for children to see themselves reflected in their work and to learn about and appreciate differences in people and their lives within and beyond our school walls.

Our Community

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.

Founded in 1982

Cold Spring School was founded in 1982 by a group of parents who wanted the philosophy they admired at a much-loved childcare program to continue through their children’s elementary school years.

When Cold Spring School moved to its current location in 1987, a fitness teacher was hired to join the classroom teachers. Within several years, art, music, and Spanish were added to the curriculum and special area teachers joined the faculty. The selection of Spanish was a way for students to foster a multicultural perspective and connect to the largely Latino neighborhood through language. In the fall of 2015, Cold Spring opened its Tinkering Lab for engineering, design, science, and math. Over Cold Spring’s history, the campus grew from the main red brick building to include the Studio that houses our Specials’ classrooms and the Community Building for school gatherings, fitness, and more.

School Life

SCHOOL HOURS

Flexible arrival time between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. allows parents to visit the classroom and children to settle in before the school day begins. Dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. and there is an optional Extended Day Program that provides care and activities daily until 5:30 p.m.

SUMMER PROGRAM

Our summer program is five weeks of fun and adventure for Cold Spring students enrolled in preschool through 6th grade. Our programs run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each week pairs two themes like Coding & Cooking, Science & Garage Band, or Movie Making & Miniatures. Age-appropriate groups spend half of each day outside in addition to participating in the two daily activities. Registration begins in late winter.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

A variety of after-school enrichment classes are available during the fall, winter, and spring. Programs begin immediately after dismissal and typically run for an hour. Students can be picked up after their activity or be brought to their Extended Day classroom. Many classes are taught by Cold Spring faculty and offerings have included Robotics, Soccer, Chess, Steel Drums, Animation, and Fencing.

VACATION CHILD CARE

Vacation Child Care is offered most days when school is not in session during the academic year. The VCC program accommodates up to fifteen children in preschool through 6th grade from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is staffed by two teachers who plan a day of indoor and outdoor activities. It is important to note that we have no scheduled half-days and Faculty Meetings happen at night so not to impact the children’s instructional time nor families’ schedules.

School Life

SCHOOL HOURS

Flexible arrival time between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. allows parents to visit the classroom and children to settle in before the school day begins. Dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. and there is an optional Extended Day Program that provides care and activities daily until 5:30 p.m.

SUMMER PROGRAM

Our summer program is five weeks of fun and adventure for Cold Spring students enrolled in preschool through 6th grade. Our programs run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each week pairs two themes like Coding & Cooking, Science & Garage Band, or Movie Making & Miniatures. Age-appropriate groups spend half of each day outside in addition to participating in the two daily activities. Registration begins in late winter.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

A variety of after-school enrichment classes are available during the fall, winter, and spring. Programs begin immediately after dismissal and typically run for an hour. Students can be picked up after their activity or be brought to their Extended Day classroom. Many classes are taught by Cold Spring faculty and offerings have included Robotics, Soccer, Chess, Steel Drums, Animation, and Fencing.

VACATION CHILD CARE

Vacation Child Care is offered most days when school is not in session during the academic year. The VCC program accommodates up to fifteen children in preschool through 6th grade from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is staffed by two teachers who plan a day of indoor and outdoor activities. It is important to note that we have no scheduled half-days and Faculty Meetings happen at night so not to impact the children’s instructional time nor families’ schedules.

Experience Cold Spring School

Experience Cold Spring School

UNQUE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES MAKE COLD SPRING SCHOOL AN INSPIRING PLACE FOR STUDENTS. BROWSE THEM BELOW

“Cold Spring School is a place where individuals are truly supported to become the best versions of themselves.”

LISA MARCUS, Cold Spring Board Member & Alumni Parrent

“I continue to be delighted by Cold Spring School. It is wonderful to be part of an intentionally inclusive community that conceives of childhood as the perfect time to ask and seek answers to BIG questions.”

WENDY GILBERT, Cold Spring Parent

“While it embraces students’ curiosity, Cold Spring does not make children curious. Children generally start school brimming with curiosity. One of our most important challenges at Cold Spring School is to make sure that we foster and preserve this in children, that we don’t take their innate curiosity away.”

SARA ARMSTRONG, Cold Spring faculty