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Middle Way School
268 W. Saugerties Road    
Saugerties, New York  12477  
   
Private/Independent School
6 92 students
 

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The Middle Way School of the Hudson Valley is an independent progressive school with 79 students ages 3-10 currently enrolled in six mixed-age classes, with plans to keep expanding up to age 12 at this location.  As one of the first Buddhist schools for children, Middle Way is exploring the rich potential of integrating wisdom and compassion with progressive education. Our aspiration is to prepare students to take their places in the modern world with the noble qualities of intelligence, confidence and discipline, with an understanding of interdependence and a fundamental motivation of altruism.


Middle Way is incorporated in the State of New York and recognized by the NYC Department of Education as a nonpublic school. It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. The research and development of the MWS model is overseen by Middle Way Education, a separate not for profit organization dedicated to creating pathways for traditional Buddhist wisdom and knowledge to enhance modern education for the benefit of this and future generations.  We are grateful to the generous donors of Khyentse Foundation who have given significant financial support to the school.

 
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Diversity Mission Statement
 

The Middle Way School of the Hudson Valley hires and enrolls without discriminating against any identifying factor which may include race, age, national or ethnic origin,  religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic background. We will make accessibility accommodations for individuals with disabilities to the fullest extent possible. As an institution and as individuals we recognize that we have the responsibility to actively change the power differences that perpetuate biases against historically underrepresented groups. Our inclusion efforts are a dynamic process. We welcome your experience and invite your input on how our school community can continue to evolve.


We actively invite people of color to apply to the Middle Way School. While 75% of all of our students received some amount of financial aid, we are in the process of establishing additional opportunities for members of underrepresented groups, breaking down stereotypes, enabling others to better understand persons of different races, ethnicities or other traits. Our aspiration is to create a school culture enriched by a diverse community of people and to make the abundant offerings of The Middle Way School accessible to all. Families who qualify for the MWS Equity Fund are eligible for additional funds that go beyond the maximum financial aid award.


MWS Administration began investing time and energy into anti-racist work in 2019 through the White Awake program, which encourages people who identify as white to explore their history, identities, language, and beliefs. The school increased its commitment in 2020 by hiring Amy Brown White to lead teachers and staff in dedicated anti-racist work, which continues to this day.

The Middle Way Anti-Racist Coalition (ARC) is a parent led organization very that meets on a regular basis to help support becoming more actively anti-racist as individuals, families and a community. The group is very open to engagement and exchange, its mission evolving in a process of co-creation, iteration and development. ARC is dedicated to supporting one another in becoming more actively anti-racist as individuals, families and community. ARC works in partnership with MWS administration to create an actively anti-racist community in the school policy, hiring and staff developmentcurriculum and student culture.