The Hartsbrook School was founded in 1981 with five preschool students in a little farmhouse. We now have over 250 students with programming from Parent/Infant classes to Grade 12. Our faculty numbers around 60, with 10 staff members and an active and supportive Board of Directors. Our 54-acre campus, with views of farmland, woodlands, streams, and the Seven Sisters hills of the Holyoke Range, enhances and deepens our students’ daily experiences. We are situated in the middle of the five-college area of the beautiful Pioneer Valley, which offers many world-class cultural events, restaurants, movies, galleries and boutiques, dance, music, and theater. Our faculty and staff are a multi-generational group who strive to support each other in our shared work.
The Hartsbrook School holds a vision in which our larger community is represented, reflected, and celebrated in our school – in race, economic situation, gender, sexuality, family composition, ability, nationality, religion, and more. Such a vision is rooted in and expands upon Hartsbrook’s mission to nurture the unique spirit of each child and to prepare students to meet the challenges of the future and to find purpose and mean...ing in their lives.
We have taken up the work of building a more equitable, diverse, and accessible school culture in a robust way and are proud of our accomplishments in this area. We are committed to continuing to deepen our community’s ability to connect people from diverse backgrounds, build mutual understanding and friendship, and enrich the collective life of the school and our individual lives. We believe such work is healing, restorative, and life-giving for everyone involved. As we learn to fully see and understand each other in our differences – and to celebrate those differences – we will move towards a more equitable, just, and welcoming school environment where everyone can feel a sense of belonging.