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Counterpane’s campus is on 14 wooded acres with organic gardens, farm animals, and a profusion of wildflowers. The academic program relies on mixed ages, an interdisciplinary curriculum, and a fully integrated arts program. The students are drawn from six counties and reflect a wide cross-section of socio-economic backgrounds.
The student body from pre-school through high school is divided into three self-contained communities of learners: Montessori Primary (3 to 6 years), Lower School (6 to 12 years), Upper School (12 to 18 years). This format ensures an environment in which each student advances to the next piece of work only when mastery is achieved, therefore developing intellectually and emotionally at his or her own rate. Woven throughout the academics, writing, problem solving, public speaking, time management, the creative arts, community service, and exploring one’s interests are integral parts of the curriculum at every level.