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The History of The Randolph School
The History of The Randolph School

Randolph School was founded in 1963 by a group of teachers and parents who shared a belief in children's innate desire and ability to learn. They wanted to create a school where children would be respected, trusted, encouraged and supported to develop their full potential in all areas of their lives.

Joining together, they formed a teachers’ cooperative and named it The Randolph Avenue School, as it was housed in the Unitarian Fellowship on Randolph Avenue in Poughkeepsie. Two years later they bought the almost-five-acre property in Wappingers Falls where the school remains to this day.

For many years, Randolph consisted of preschool through sixth grades. In 1997, when a number of families did not want to leave, the teachers started a middle school program. Five years later, in response to another wish that students could spend more years at Randolph, we created a small, personalized high school program. In 2011, the school will graduate its last two high school students and will then be a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade school once again.

For more than fifty years, The Randolph School has been able to be independent in its implementation of various educational principles because of the many people who are here. Students, teachers, and parents all contribute to creating a creative and nurturing community. Children’s voices are respected in all of their learning and interactions. Parents have always been an integral part of the school, and their participation and assistance helps bridge the gap between home and school. A team of co-administrators, who are also teachers, help to run the day-to-day business of the school, and the faculty is involved in all of the educational decision-making. In 2009, the role of Director was created to help facilitate communication, planning, and fundraising within the Randolph community. The school remains firmly committed to the vision of its founders, even as its structure evolves in response to the changing times.

 

Debbie at the Stepping Stones Ceremony

We accept people who really want children to be learning this style, who have a basic trust in a child's learning ability and curiosity without having somebody forcing them to learn. It is most important that the parents can accept this kind of teaching and trust [their] child's ability and desire to learn.

Lee Tomlins, Co-Founder of The Randolph School

We accept people who really want children to be learning this style, who have a basic trust in a child's learning ability and curiosity without having somebody forcing them to learn. It is most important that the parents can accept this kind of teaching and trust [their] child's ability and desire to learn.

Lee Tomlins, Co-Founder of The Randolph School