The strengths of the one-room schoolhouse meet the challenges of the 21st century.
An independent middle school for students in grades 5 through 8.


26 12, 2018

Where do Four Winds students go after they graduate?


Anywhere they want to!

Many of our students go back to their community’s high schools, and are eager for the challenges they will find there. Four Winds graduates have attended Amherst Regional High School, Franklin County Technical School, Northampton High School, Pioneer Regional High School, and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Others opt for continuing their private school experience, going to schools such as The Cambridge School of Weston, Charlemont Academy, Deerfield Academy, High Mowing School, Northfield-Mount Hermon, North Star, …

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Does Four Winds assign homework?


No! Four Winds School does not believe in assigning homework for students. In fact, there are many studies that suggest that “there is no evidence to demonstrate that homework benefits students below high school age.” We would prefer students use their after-school time to spend time with their families, participate in extra curricular activities, or relax!

The only times that students have homework is if they did not finish their biweekly work during the appointed time (due to poor time management). We …

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What size is the school?


Because individualized instruction in basic skills is a foundational commitment of Four Winds, the school enrolls a maximum of fourteen (14) pupils.

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What is the school like socially?


We take advantage of the school’s size by emphasizing the common ground students find with their classmates and discovering the strength in each other. Students form strong friendships at the school every day, but what is especially important is how our students relate to everyone— their peers, their instructors, and their communities. Our emphasis on the uniqueness of all individuals gives our students a greater appreciation of their own gifts and the gifts of others.

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26 12, 2018

What do the students do for physical activity?


We place a high value on both work and play. For that reason, our daily lunch break is an hour. During that time, many students choose to take advantage of the school’s huge field and basketball courts. The school always has a collection of basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and Frisbees on hand for everyone’s use. Students also bring their own sporting equipment for break time. Lacrosse sticks, street hockey gear, and roller blades have all found their way inside Four …

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What is the academic calendar?


The academic year runs from September to June, meeting for a total of 165 days to end the academic year. We observe most legal holidays excepting Columbus Day; take a full week break in November, two full weeks for the winter holidays, and one week breaks in February and April, corresponding with the vacations of the public schools. Click here to view our calendar.

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What is Four Wind’s daily schedule?


The academic day begins at 8:30, pick-up is at 3:30.


8:30-9:30 Poem and Creative Writing: Together we read a daily poem and work on our creative writing. It’s a great way to get centered and get those creative juices flowing at the start of the day.

9:30-12:30 Academic Work Time: Students work at their own pace on academic work they’ve selected for themselves. Teachers are available for help and guidance. We all take a break from 10:30-10:50, during which time students can …

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What makes Four Winds different from other schools?


Four Winds truly offers an individualized education. Students work at their own level of achievement in all subjects, receiving individual help from teachers, and making progress daily. Working at their own pace and their own level means that students are challenged every day. Students at Four Winds quickly gain academic confidence, knowing that they can meet these daily challenges and that they will never be behind or lost.

Four Winds is a safe, nurturing environment where students will never feel like …

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