Darrow Traditions

Convocation: The beautiful ceremony marks the start of a new school year, celebrates the senior class as community leaders, and culminates with the tradition of candles around Tanner's Pond (pictured above).

Hands-to-Work: No other school has anything quite like our Shaker-inspired tradition of meaningful collaborative work. Caring for our campus and volunteering in the community, students gain skills, enjoy teamwork, and feel rewarded by their efforts.

Tuesday Community Program: Every Tuesday we gather for a family-style meal followed by an educational program. Programs cover a range of topics that may affect our community – from student leadership topics, diversity, culture or health. 

Friday Morning Meeting: Friday Morning Meetings are a time when the entire school joins together for reflection. It is a silent meeting, where we quietly consider our place in the world.

The Freshman Experience: In addition to a welcoming orientation at the start of the year, our first-year students enjoy their own special retreat to a nearby outdoor activities center, where they spend time together reflecting, playing games, and learning from team-building activities. 

Maple Fest: Celebrating the arrival of spring and the running of the sap, Maple Fest features syrup making, tractor rides, a barbecue, and a variety of outdoor games and activities.

Spring Term: Darrow students wrap up the school year with weeklong Spring Term seminars. Small groups of students, guided by faculty members, embark on such experiential learning opportunities as teaching school children in Belize, boat-building in New Hampshire, and learning about the region’s flora and fauna by biking in the Berkshires. 

Sports Banquet: After each sports season, the community gathers to celebrate the accomplishments of the student athletes, coaches, and teams.

Commencement: Perhaps our most moving rite of passage, the extended Darrow community gathers to mark and celebrate our seniors' transition into graduates.

Baccalaureate: Academic accomplishments are recognized and celebrated at the end of the school year with awards and accolades.

Dorm Wars: School spirit includes dorm pride as fun competitions of various sorts determine whose house this really is.

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