The Dewey School is located on nearly 700 acres of forest, pasture, gardens, and buildings, the historic museum setting of the Canterbury Shaker Village (a National Historic Landmark) provides the ideal nature-based learning environment for children to explore daily. From observations to explorations, children will have nature as well as the Village to inspire their imagination and curiosities.
We begin each day with our Good Morning Song and opportunities to bring nature inside to expand investigation and dig deeper. Learning alongside one another in a multi-age setting of 3-5 year-olds provides opportunities for leadership, cooperation, a relaxed learning environment without competition, and endless opportunities to learn from one another. We believe that limited interruption of the children's work is essential to their learning and exploration therefore our time is ish-time at The Dewey School allowing for shift in our day as needed.
We offer a half-day or full-day schedule Monday- Friday which we like to call a la carte, simply meaning a schedule that works for your child and family. The school year/enrollment period follows the Canterbury school schedule (typically the last week of August- 2nd week of June), but the 10-month tuition can be paid weekly, monthly or yearly depending on your budget needs. Please note that tuition is subject to change for upcoming school years.
Half-day (8am-11:30am) Tuition : 2 days a week: $68/wk ($245/mo), 3 days a week: $98/wk ($353/mo)
Full-day (8am-3pm) Tuition: 2 days a week: $91/wk ($331/mo), 3 days a week: $127/wk ($457/mo),
5 days a week: $205/wk ($738/mo)
A Sample of a Dewey Day!
Provocations: Math, Science, Art, Literature, Building
Sing Good Morning Song
Music or Library (alternate once a month)
Potty-time and Hand Washing
Good-Bye Song and Gratitude Circle
Morning Friends: Pick-Up Time
All-Day Friends: Free Play and Exploration
Art Exploration for non-sleepers
Get ready to go home