We love to be with our children. We enjoy the freedom that teaching our children at home offers both in subject matter and schedule. The individual attention, the calm and quiet environment, and the pride of our accomplishments are the true gifts of home education.

News Archive

Best of Mothering Winner

Jade Soto-McMillen


This winter 9th grader Jade Soto-McMillen was accepted to Project Transform, a community theater venture in Hartford, CT that encourages teens to investigate what they'd like to change in their communities. Jade and the eight other selected actors will debut their original theater piece on April 5. Way to go, Jade!

Becca Singer


Oak Meadow 10th grader, Becca Singer, has been named a semi-finalist by the Joint Science Education Project to study glaciers in Greenland this summer. Only 10 percent of the applicants from a pool of over 500 students in the U.S. were chosen. These students will join students from Denmark and Greenland for the field program. read more

OM Leadership News

Apple Gifford

Longtime K-8 Program Director Apple Gifford is moving into a new role, curriculum director, as of March 3. Researching, developing, writing, and revising curriculum is Apple's passion, and we're very excited that she has decided to commit her time to this critical work. Apple's years of teaching and directing the K-8 program have provided her with rich experience and deep knowledge that will inform her curriculum development work.


Deborah Velto

Serving as interim K-8 program director is Deborah Velto, an Oak Meadow teacher who also homeschools her own children and teaches small group writing and reading workshops for homeschoolers. We're grateful to Deb for stepping up while we pursue our search for a new permanent director to round out the Oak Meadow team.

OM Director
Chosen for Harvard Program

Michelle Simpson-Siegel
Oak Meadow is proud to announce that Executive Director Michelle Simpson-Siegel has been chosen to participate in this year's Women in Education Leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. read more

Our own Dancing Queen!


Oak Meadow high school senior, Israel Cavanagh, is competing in the Queens' Pageant at Brattleboro, Vermont's 58th annual Brattleboro Winter Carnival. Israel, who has studied dance since she was three years old, will showcase her talent at the pageant. Good luck, Israel!


Lawrence Williams
Oak Meadow founder Lawrence Williams has written a heartfelt and thought-provoking article, Corporate Homeschooling, about his early days a a pioneer of the modern homeschooling movement, the founding of Oak Meadow, and how big business practices are threatening the integrity and heart of homeschooling today.
read more

School Liaison and Director of Admission

We are excited to announce two new additions to the Oak Meadow staff in Brattleboro, VT: Steve Lorenz as School Liaison and Ben Mitchell as Director of Admission.   read more


Enjoy our
latest edition of
Living Education

Happy Winter from Oak Meadow


The Governor's Institutes of Vermont creates prestigious, fun, accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for highly-motivated Vermont teenagers. Register now for GIV Winter Weekends in February!


Oak Meadow graduate
puts heart into good deeds

Oak Meadow alum Gabrielle Leidy, now a freshman at Marlboro College, joined other students in an initiative to raise money to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines. Read her story in the Brattleboro Reformer


Kids Holiday Craft Fair
Friday, December 6, 5-8 pm
The River Garden, Brattleboro VT

Kids Holiday Craft Fair

Oak Meadow is thrilled to sponsor this fun family event again this year! To register in advance, contact Gia Neswald at 802-869-3062, ext. 2, or at fleurdelalune@earthlink.net.


at the historic Cotton Mill, the site of OM's learning hub in Brattleboro, VT
December 7 & 8, 10 am


We welcomed over 100 guests at our annual fall Open House! Take a peek at the festivities and make plans to join us in beautiful Brattleboro, Vermont next October.


Meet Oak Meadow's new high school director, Alan Fortescue! Alan, who comes to us from the Earthwatch Institute and holds a PhD in Education and Leadership from UVA, has already begun to innovate aspects of the high school program and to connect with OM students and families. He also climbs tall mountains!

OM high school health teacher Cydney Smith, founder of MamapreneurWellness.com, was invited to present a workshop at Vermont Senator Leahy's annual Women in Economic Development Conference on Oct. 19.

Cydney helps people make diet and lifestyle changes so they have the energy and vibrancy to bring their talents to the world. She works with entrepreneur moms and develops health curriculum for high school and college students. Learn more about Oak Meadow's Integrated Health & Fitness course.

OM ALUM IN THE NEWS: OM graduate and tech whiz Sasha Bauer was mentioned in a recent issue of New Scientist. Hal Hodson, author of "Meshnet activists rebuilding the internet from scratch," wrote about Sasha's effort to build a campus meshnet at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Way to make a splash your first year at college, Sasha!

Julia West Denali National ParkOak Meadow science teacher Julia West took a field course for teachers in Denali National Park this summer on understanding and teaching climate change. The participants observed visual cues of climate change and discussed how to weave climate literacy into existing curriculum. The course was offered through Alaska Geographic and the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. Stay tuned for more on climate literacy in our curriculum!


Oak Meadow is rolling out an exciting new course for our enrolled speakers of other languages who would like to sharpen their skills for their American classroom experience. Read more about it.


Numbers Felt Book

Oak Meadow parent Inbal Bahar shared this wonderful Numbers Felt Book, which was their final math project for their Kindergarten year: "we had fun choosing the felt colors and planning the book and binding. She drew the numbers and I cut them. she chose what objects to put next to it and how to arrange. I hope one day my little girl will show her own kids this book."


How to Learn Math

Several Oak Meadow faculty and staff will be taking a class this summer from Stanford's free online platform. "How to Learn Math," with Professor of Mathematics Education Jo Boaler, introduces strategies for re-engaging students in math, and empowering them to take a new approach to the subject and their learning.
Great for home teachers, too!

Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Mustachioed Oak Meadow marchers
joined flower-bedecked bovines at
Strolling with the Heifers in Brattleboro.

Earth Day celebration

At a special Earth Day celebration in Forsyth Park, in Savannah, Georgia, Oak Meadow high schooler Mark Brennan, dressed as the Trash Monster (a costume he made himself for the occasion), and "handed out coupons for reusable bags"

The spring issue of our Living Education journal,

The spring issue of our Living Education journal, "Sustainable Living and Learning" has launched!

Eric Jones, Head of School Community Partnership School, Apple Gifford, and Michelle Simpson-Siegel at the National Partnership for Educational Access conference.

Eric Jones, Head of School Community Partnership School, Apple Gifford, and Michelle Simpson-Siegel at the National Partnership for Educational Access conference.

Sustainability Intensive at Marlboro:
Learn more about this exciting 3-day
Sustainability Intensive at Marlboro College
for high school students!

Oak Meadow during our Spring Tour

 Thanks to all the wonderful families who
visited Oak Meadow during our
Spring Tour on March 25!

Oak Meadow students Hamzah al-Quaid (8th grade) and his brother Hasan Muhammad (6th grade) have been volunteering at the Emirates Park Zoo in Abu Dhabi. Each has made a wonderful video about the zoo as part of "A Story to Tell" video contest. Enjoy these amazing videos and cast your vote here!

Parents and students share insights about Oak Meadow
Parents and students share
insights about Oak Meadow


WPR's Wisconsin Life's
Ghost Story Contest. Semi-Finalist.
LISTEN to Sophia's Award-Winning Story,

2013 Young Arts Merit Award in
Creative Writing (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts). Winner.

2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Short Story by a High School Student). Third Runner-Up.

Congratulations to Oak Meadow high schoolCongratulations to Oak Meadow high school
student Katia Reguero for being selected
to play at a gala in New York City in celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage month.


to Ted Thornton, our high school social studies teacher (and author of our Religions of the World and The Modern Middle East courses), for his recently published Arabic-to-English translation of Abd al-Hussain Shaban's, The Understanding of Tolerance in Arab Muslim Thought: Culture and State. *
* Published by Aras Press, Erbil, Iraq under the title Tolerance.


Help! My Home is Overflowing!

Organizational Tips
From An Oak Meadow Parent



Recently, educators have started
looking at how the sixteen
"habits of mind"
help students gain the skills
necessary for successful
lifelong learning.

Our latest edition of
Living Education

Fall Open House Slideshow
Our Annual Open House
Brings Together Families
From Around The World

"The best that independent, progressive education has to offer."

That's how Michelle and Apple describe their recent, inspiring tour of these Philadelphia area schools: Germantown Academy, Community Partnership School, School in the Rose Valley, The Philadelphia School, and Episcopal Academy.


Brian Morgan
Our New
High School

Ready to Write:
Readiness Tips

From Oak Meadow Teacher Lesley Arnold

2012 Graduation Photos
Visit our 2012
Graduation Photo Album


We are honored to have won the Best of Mothering Award. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for Oak Meadow!


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