Home and a warm hearth are the heart of life at The Camphill School. Students join caregivers and their families in the houses that make the Children’s Village and The Transition Program homes away from home. There are no shift workers; everyone is part of a genuine family.

The Camphill School is a healing environment from the therapy room to the home life. Living alongside the families of house parents and live-in volunteers, students build upon their classroom learning with the support of a house team trained to address their specific individual needs.

Birthday parties, enjoying good jokes, and sharing food and conversation around large round tables...all are parts of extended family life at Camphill Special School.

Birthday parties, enjoying good jokes, and sharing food and conversation around large round tables…all are parts of extended family life at The Camphill School.

A close relationship among house parents, live-in volunteers, and each students’ parents is the norm at The Camphill School. Everyone is expected to communicate and collaborate for the physical and emotional well-being, communication needs, and growth of the child.

The houses are organized by house parents, who are long-term, experienced members of the Camphill Movement. They oversee all aspects of life in the houses and supervise live-in volunteers who have direct responsibility for care of the children. These volunteers come from all over the world to work with the children and often are enrolled in the Camphill Academy.

Daily Structure

Hitting our pool is a favorite warm weather pastime!

Hitting our pool is a favorite warm weather pastime!

The daily and annual rhythms of life are important aspects of community at The Camphill School. The predictability of waking up, attending school, performing household chores, working on a prevocational crew, having a music lesson, meeting a friend for free play time, or going to sleep, all with established routines and expectations, provide children with a secure sense of the world around them. Consistency not only is an aid in discipline, also it encourages creativity, for a child who knows what to expect can relax and dream. In the same way, the rhythm of the year expressed in songs, nature, and seasonal celebrations provide a connection with nature, as well a sense of excitement and anticipation as the year unfolds.

High school students and young people in the Transition Program benefit from more flexibility during excursions, parties, cookouts, dances, and other special events.

Admissions for the 2020/2021 School Year

children walking in the woods

During this time of distant learning, The Camphill School continues to accept inquiries, conduct virtual tours, and accept applications for enrollment throughout the school including our kindergarten and first-grade class. Contact Anna Rynder, Director of Enrollment, at Arynder@camphillschool.org.