doane stuart




welcome to the doane stuart school!


a message from the head of school:

55 weeks ago, i began my journey as the head of school at doane stuart.  the world has truly changed over the last 385-plus days, yet the spirit, the fellowship, joy, and love has continued to evolve inside of our ds community.  together we have witnessed triumph:

  • 25 seniors graduating on august 1, 2020; receiving more than $2.5 million in scholarship monies
  • mock trial winning the county championship
  • boys soccer winning the central hudson valley league title
  • 8th-grade donation to the world health organization
  • lower school’s socktober success
  • …and so much more!

as well, we have navigated unprecedented obstacles:

  • covid-19
  • campus closure due to covid-19
  • cancellation of spring sports as a result of covid-19
  • postponed graduation as a result of covid-19
  • …and, being separated from our friends, because of covid-19

i could not be more proud of our students, faculty/parents, alumni, and community partners for your continued support of our doane stuart community.  i certainly feel that we will emerge from these unprecedented times much stronger in our personal faith, our dedication to family and friends, and our appreciation for health, safety, and justice.  we will remain resilient and stand together as all great communities are called to do.  

a new school year should be accompanied by new energy!  we are working hard this summer to create new energy for our students and parents.  we look forward to opening the 2020-2021 school year on september 8, 2020 in-person!  we are also accommodating a hybrid component of instruction for those families who choose to continue their academic program with doane stuart from home.  

doane stuart has set the standard for the distance learning model here in the capital region! as the covid-19 pandemic disrupted life for so many students around the world, doane stuart was ready to initiate a successful and uninterrupted pivot to our academic continuity plan. we have made prominent investments in professional development, pedagogical development, and technological infrastructure that will continue to serve our educational community, without interruption. at doane stuart, we are committed to small classes with big opportunities!  

as we finalize the plans for this fall, we truly prioritize the following aspects as essential items to in-person instruction:

  • the safety of each individual child
  • the safety of each individual faculty/staff member
  • social/emotional well-being of all students
  • maintaining a high academic standard
  • accommodating the physical and emotional needs of the entire ds community

i look forward to greeting our thunderchicken family, returning and new, in september, both in-person, and on-line!  we will remain mission-driven, educating students from early education to our class of 2021, nurturing them to become socially responsible, and creating a safe space where the joy of discovery is valued.  our community will further value the tenets of becoming globally aware while emphasizing social justice, environmentalism, and digital citizenship. 

small classes, big opportunities…we are doane stuart!


cecil f. stodghill


doane stuart embraces globalism, inclusion, and diversity, while offering a rigorous college preparatory program that includes a steam program for all lower school pupils, sat prep, advanced courses unique to doane stuart, and comprehensive college counseling. as an independent school, teachers here are not required to teach to a test, but are empowered to create dynamic and interdisciplinary lessons that stimulate discussion, debate, and real-life application. traditions at the school insure that students stay rooted to doane stuart’s more-than-century-old mission. at the same time, we recognize the increasingly competitive and international nature of undergraduate and graduate admissions and the job market. as such, we strive to inspire students who will succeed in their pursuits and who gain the versatility and dimension to adapt to fields and careers not yet even conceived. please explore our web-site, visit campus, talk to teachers, students, and parents, and let us know how we may assist you as you discover the opportunities and outcomes available at doane stuart.

we also encourage visitors to check out these two informative articles from spring 2020:

doane stuart opts out of advanced placement 

doane stuart embraces distance learning during covid-19 


for admission information contact: 

karen teich
director of enrollment management
(518) 465-5222 x 241