The River Villages: Rich in Education


Nyack College, Nyack
accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, offers undergraduate degrees in 46 majors. Graduate degrees include Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Divinity, and Master of Professional Studies. Campus is located on 102 acres with spectacular views. Info: Marielle Pasquale 845.675. 4414.


Blue Rock School, West Nyack,
A progressive, day school for grades K thru 8, founded 1987; offering a rich educational experience that nurtures a child’s innate love of learning. Class sizes are small with a challenging academic curriculum integrated with the arts, nature and play. Info: visit www.bluerockschool.org or call 845. 627. 0234.

Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge
offers Parent & Child classes for babies/toddlers, serves children from Nursery through 12th grade. Founded in 1950. Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Info: 845. 356. 2514 ext 311 or www.gmws.org

The River School, Nyack,
a small, private elementary school, providing classical education and encouraging cooperation among a diverse body of students, parents and faculty. A wide variety of activities and small classes develop each child’s unique gifts. Info: www.riverschoolnyack.com or e-mail rschool358@aol.com

Rockland Country Day School, Congers
Offers a culture of inclusion, individuality, and innovation enabling students to maximize their strengths and blaze their own paths. College prep program promotes critical thinking, creative expression, integrity, community service and the cherishing of diversity. Pre K -12th grade Contact: 845. 268. 6802 ext. 227 or www.rocklandcds.org

Rockland Jewish Academy West Nyack,
opens in September 2012 as a Pre-K to 5th Grade independent Jewish day school, offering a full curriculum of general and Jewish Studies, providing students with world-class educators and facilities. Contact: 362.4200 ext 207 or www.rocklandjewishacademy.org

Saddle River Day School, Saddle River, NJ Founded in 1957; beautiful 26-acre campus, coed, college prep day school; approx. 325 students in grades K-12.
Seven to one student-to-teacher ratio insures personalized attention. Academic environment embraces values of responsibility, honesty, compassion & respect. Contact: 201. 327. 4050 or www.saddleriverday.org


Lanti-Yates Music Studio, South Nyack,
an intimate studio that engages students of all musical levels, interests, and ages. Professional faculty specialize in piano, voice, guitar, and drums. Performance opportunities help students share their passion for music. Info: 845.405. 3615 or www.lantiyatesmusic.com

Rockland Center For the Arts, West Nyack,
offers hands-on art programs for all age and skill levels in ceramics, painting, drawing, creative writing, glass, cartooning, jewelry making, photography, family workshops and more—all taught by professionally trained artists in fully equipped studios. Nestled in nature with galleries of contemporary art. Info: www.rocklandartcenter.org or 845. 358. 0877.

Rockland Conservatory of Music, Pearl River
a not-for-profit community music school founded in 1956. We offer music and voice lessons for students of all ages and abilities, also offers Women’s and Children’s Choruses, String Orchestra, Music Therapy and a variety of concerts and events. Info: info@rocklandconservatory.org or 845.356. 1622.

Vytlacil Campus, Art Students League, Sparkill The Vytlacil campus of the renowned Art Students League of NY offers weekend Workshops, Open Artwork Critiques by League instructors, and a monthly Open Studio event. Art Exhibitions in the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery feature local artists of distinction. Info: www.artstudentsleague.org or


Jewish Preschool of the Nyacks, Upper Nyack
Offering a strong, early childhood program based on the curriculum advocated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, combined with exposure to Jewish culture for both unaffiliated and affiliated families. Opening in September 2012 in Upper Nyack. Contact: Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham at csirabbi@optonline.net

The Montessori Center of Nyack
Founded in 1978. Offers a strong academic, social and artistic foundation for children ages 2-5 in morning, afternoon, and full-day sessions, with Breakfast, After-School and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and affiliated with the American Montessori Society. Contact
www.NyackMontessori.com rschool358@aol.com