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Woodstock Day School stands as an educational pioneer in the Hudson Valley, with a storied history and an unwavering dedication to progressive education. Established as a preschool in 1973 by Ian Bernstein and Alice Goodman and originally named the “Woodstock Children’s Center”, the school was driven by a visionary approach, the founders aimed to provide a forward-thinking early childhood education, emphasizing individualized learning and outdoor play.
As the school flourished, expanding to sixth grade, we recognized the need to move from the town of Woodstock to a larger space to nurture our growing community. In 1986, we relocated to the former Peter Pan Farm in Saugerties, a scenic haven with walking trails, a pond, and stunning views of Overlook Mountain.
Under Bernstein’s leadership until his retirement in 1998, the Woodstock Children’s Center evolved into a Nursery School through Grade 8 program with a dedicated Board of Trustees. In 2000, the school transitioned to a non-profit and rebranded as Woodstock Day School.
The early 2000s marked a transformative period as the school added a high school program, expanded its campus to 40 acres, and erected two new buildings. By 2007, Woodstock Day School proudly offered education from Nursery School to Grade 12.
After achieving NYSAIS accreditation, the school continued to grow. In 2010, the community received a generous donation of the Bridge Building, now a central hub featuring a library, music room, state-of-the-art media center, and a vibrant cafe serving as a gathering, meeting, and performance space.
The Bridge Building catalyzed the development of award-winning programs, including our Media Arts Program, an expansive library, annual musical theatre productions, and school music concerts.
Woodstock Day School remains dedicated to providing an exceptional education that nurtures creativity, critical thinking, and a sense of community. In 2023 we are celebrating our 50th anniversary with a renewed commitment to innovate and inspire future generations.