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About This School

The Homestead School is a private elementary school in Lumberland. The principal of The Homestead School is Peter Comstock and can be contacted at 200 children attend The Homestead School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at The Homestead School is 5:1. George Ross MacKenzie Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
    • Dance
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 92%
Asian 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3%
Multiracial 3%
Hispanic 0.8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    The Homestead is the best gift I could have ever given my child. I have a son who has been attending the school since Pre-K and is now in 1st Grade. His experiences have been amazing!!! The campus is breathtaking and the children explore every square inch of it. Whether they're discovering "Big Vanilla"......the natural sandpit created by a glacier thousands of years ago feeding the chickens sleigh riding tapping maple trees or harvesting gourds you can be certain they are experiencing it to the fullest. The Directors and teachers have taken a personal interest in my son from the moment he started attending school here. The teachers go out of their way to assist each child personally. The Montessori method is beautiful and encourages each child to learn at his/her own pace. I am still even after 3 years taken back by the amount of experiences my child has daily. Yesterday the children welcomed the sheep's new arrivals of 4 lambs and today they began making Maple syrup. If you're looking for a school where children learn with their hands hearts and minds...this is the school for you ;)

  • (4 months ago)

    It is impossible not to fall in love with this school. The staff and students welcome new members. The children are encouraged to think independently and engage in their own research. The projects my son brings home completed in the sciences and arts are insightful and creative. I am amazed at how much he has learned in his four years as a student -- and how much he likes learning. My son made a comment the other day that sheds light on the committed staff and leadership; he said "Did you know at the Homestead I've never seen a bully." I only wish every child could share the experience he's having.

  • (4 months ago)

    Our son has attended Homestead School for almost six years and we feel as if this is his second home. The directors and staff truly care about him and treat him as an individual nurturing his strengths and helping him overcome his weaknesses. Rules and policies at the school are based on common sense with the students best interests in mind. From the time children begin their schooling at Homestead they are instilled with a love and respect for nature. They are outside twice a day on all but the most bitter cold days sleigh-riding in the winter hiking playing in the stream or running freely through the woods in the warmer months. The school s art fiber arts and drama programs are incredible and our son has learned skills and developed interests in these areas that will enrich his life even as an adult. We could not have asked for a better foundation for him and will always be grateful that he was able to attend Homestead School.

  • (7 months ago)

    There is no question that the homestead was a blessing for our family. We sent both out children there from pre-k through sixth grade and in so much as a school can help shape a child we have to give the Homestead credit for the people our children are today. They both transitioned to Sullivan county public schools after leaving homestead and are both at the top of their class academically. But more important both our children are self-confident (but not arrogant) have a strong moral compass are sympathetic to others and are socially adept in any situation due on large part to the foundation given them at homestead. A great deal of the credit goes to the Montessori method with blended age classes. That is a huge deal. Because it means that there were times when my children would turn to an older child for help and times when they would be the one assisting a younger student. It allowed them to build confidence empathy and a sense of community --what more could you want for your children. The Homestead School not only taught and challenged my children academically but it helped to build their character and for that we are eternally grateful.

  • (7 months ago)

    The Homestead School is EVERYTHING you want in a school. We have two children a boy and a girl currently in sixth and fifth grade respectively and they have attended Homestead since pre-school. My children love school!! I love listening to them talk to their friends that attend public school as they describe their day with enthusiasm and joy which often prompts their friends to say "I wish I went to Homestead" . The directors and the teachers at every level respect cherish and nurture the children. Our Homestead family has been an integral part in our children becoming the enlightened and caring people they are. The Montessori approach and the blended classrooms inspire and motivate them to learn. Homestead is a wonderful environment for all children to learn and grow. The academic program is enriching comprehensive and has taught my children to be active learners. The Montessori style is extremely organized yet lets each child develop at their own pace. The classrooms and amazing physical environment are perfectly synchronized to tie all of the subjects together. We are thrilled and very grateful for the education and experiences our children have at Homestead.

  • (7 months ago)

    My two sons attended The Homestead School from preschool until age 12 (6th grade) for my older son and 4th grade for my younger son. They both had an amazing experience there. The preschool and lower elementary program help them develop a love of learning by giving them the ability to pursue those subjects that interest them. This love of learning was further developed during their years in the upper elementary program as they got exposed to more information and were able to delve more deeply into various subjects. There is also a mutual respect between the teachers and the students that served them well. Having made the transition to public school I can honestly say that I have even a greater appreciation for what the school gave to my children. There is a different way of teaching and thinking that helped my children develop who they are and again gave them a love of learning that carried over into public school. The teachers they had were wonderful and caring and patient . I only wish they had a middle school and high school that my children could attend as I think there was no better atmosphere to learn and prosper.

  • (7 months ago)

    My children attended the Homestead School through the Upper Elementary Program and it was formative in shaping the learners and students they are today. It was the most magical years of our lives with level of experiential learning and freedom for each of our three children to discover who they wanted to be as the educational process allowed them to become the people that they are today- the transition for our children was a very positive experience. All three are leaders in their new communities and confident in their academic abilities. The Homestead School holds for our family only the best experiences with each aspect of the school being amazing!

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter has been at Homestead since Pre-K and she's now in Upper Elem. We've been moderately happy with the school versus our options in the public school system it's an improvement. If your child is self guided can work in an unstructured format and will produce independently without reminders this is the school for you. Over the years I've seen many of our friends kids leaving because a) either their children hate the program b) they are ill equipped to deal with "normal" kids c) or the parents have felt their child who is not as academically advanced as others gets excluded. Don't let the "materials and work" fool you they are about as disorganized and chaotic as I've ever seen. Last year I was dropping my daughters lunch at school and there was a child sitting at a desk in the hallway...apparently he requested a "quiet" place to work so he could think. If you hear great things about the school it's usually from parents who are patting themselves on the back because they feel good about themselves and the "uniqueness" of the choice they made. Observe the classes for yourself and don't make my mistake pull her/him after 1st/2nd grade.

  • (8 months ago)

    I can't say enough wonderful things about the Homestead School. I have a son in first grade and another little one on their way to preschool next year. The directors are friendly understanding and involved. Every one of my boy's teachers have been phenomenal. The Montessori method is such a wonderful way for kids to learn. My son loves to be challenged and I know he is each and every day. Besides the excellent academic environment the students participate in art Spanish fiber arts and drama. The kids are also encouraged to play outside several times each day even when it is cold. My son comes home with his adventurous sled riding stories and couldn't be happier. He tells people all of the time that "he loves school" and he "goes to the best school in the world". I just can't say enough wonderful things about the Homestead.

  • (8 months ago)

    The Homestead School Education doesn't get any better than this. All staff is absolutely wonderful. I did both public and private schools with my kids and this is hands down the most wonderful environment for learning!

  • (1 year ago)

    Incredible directors teachers facilities and program. The children experience an education that beats most of the best private schools in NYC but for the fraction of the cost (we moved in the area from Manhattan). The actors Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams sent their children here.

  • (1 year ago)

    An amazing place an amazing opportunity for my children to experience the natural world while learning and developing in a Montessori environment. The directors are warm and wonderful the Early Childhood teachers are great (I assume the upper level teachers are too)...the grounds are unsurpassed. We moved from NYC so that our children could attend this school. Every day when I drop them off I wish I could stay...

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is in first grade at the Homestead School and I have to say I am consistently delighted in the education she is receiving. Not only is the academic environment amazing but she is taught the concepts of respect teamwork and responsibility. Wonderful.

  • (5 years ago)

    The homestead school gives your child a great start to education. They learn to love school. They really care about each child instead of looking at them as 1 class room. Your child is taught based upon their needs. Each child is different and they can not all be expected to learn at the same rate. The kids not only learn in the class room but spend much of their time learning outside. I would recommend this to every parent regardless of where you are sending your child for the higher grades. I have a 2nd grader and a preschooler and I would not change a thing.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter goes to pre-school at the Homestead and the quality of education is excellent. We feel this is the best education we can give her in this area.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter just began kindergarten at The Homestead School this fall. She had a little adjustment period but there was no pressure from the teacher at all. She accepted my daughter's abilities and worked with her to catch her up with the other students in the class. The best part of this school is the outdoor ed program. What a way to teach about the environment.

  • (9 years ago)

    Well I am not a parent however a third year college student who recived her foundation in education at the Homestead. I have nothing but wonderful things to say. I believe it sufficiently and most definitely sucessfully prepared me to enter the world of knowledge. I embarked on my journey with a passion for learning and a open mind and heart. I look back on my childhood and realized that a big part of my success in my studies was becuase I attended the Homestead. My only regret was that it ended at second grade if given the chance I would have continued my entire secondary education there. It provided a safe form fitting artistic practical and most importantly one on one attention that I believe every student should have.

  • (10 years ago)

    The Homestead School has been wonderful for my 4 year old daughter! She loves school! She comes home and teaches me about carnivores volcanos Indians! I love how they have her directly involved in the learning process. They allow each student to learn their own way. They teach respect empathy helpfullness manners and so many more attributes so important to our children. I wish more schools approached education as the Homestead school does. I have met other older children that have gone to this school and they miss it so much! They complain they aren't involved in their new school like they were at the Homestead. I've also met many that have moved on to High School and became the schools Valedictorian! They tell me it was because of the Homestead! To end - this school teaches kids how to love to learn!

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