Building our Community Campaign
Who We Are
Twenty years ago, Hayground began as a bold vision: a learning laboratory where students, teachers, and mentors worked side-by-side to explore the world around them.
Today, that vision thrives. Hayground’s unique model of education—an individualized, mentor-based approach that integrates academics with hands-on work in professional disciplines—has brought together a community of teachers, scholars, scientists, and artists dedicated to the intellectual and creative growth of our children.
What We Do
Our students engage daily in the world of ideas and the world itself, through hands-on experiences that plant the seeds for lifelong learning.
Our teachers invest fully in the development of their students, as scholars, artists, thinkers, and as individuals who matter.
Our campers discover new friends, challenges, and adventures, in an atmosphere of freedom, teamwork and care.
Our Mentors—farmers, chefs, scientists, and artists—share their knowledge, passion, and skill through ongoing apprenticeships with our students and campers.
Our graduates know that their ideas, questions, and actions can—and will—make a valuable difference in the world around them.
Our community gives back to children and families, through financial assistance to those in need, and meaningful employment for over 175 teachers, artists, and counselors at Hayground School and Camp.
How We Do It
Created by our faculty and supported by professional mentors, the Hayground curriculum balances traditional academics with authentic endeavors in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Working in multi-age settings that promote collaboration and peer mentoring, Hayground students delve into multi-disciplinary immersions that bring learning to life in active, tangible ways. Programs include:
- Shakespeare in Action: Exploring and Performing Shakespeare’s Plays
- Soil Science: The Invisible Universe of Micro-Organisms
- Writers’ Workshop: Writing and Illustrating Original Picture Books
- Seed-to-Table Lunch: How to Grow and Prepare Seasonal School Meals
- Filmmaker’s Studio: Writing and Producing Original Films
- Coral Reef Study: The Art & Science of the First Invertebrates
- Inventors’ Workshop: Design Solutions for Daily Life
- Citizen Science: Restoring Local Coastlines Through Research, Activism, and Field Work
Where We’re Going
Today Hayground is poised to build upon its solid foundation, and to carry our vision—of possibility, discovery, and imagination—forward to new generations of children and families. We’re ready to:
- Expand our campus
- Improve our facilities
- Grow our student body
- Support our faculty
- Enhance our programs
- Extend our community support
Please contact the Development office at Hayground at 631.537.7068 for more information.