Tuesday, October 27, 2009

About Peachtown

Peachtown Elementary School is an independent non-sectarian day school for grades pre-K through 8, located on the Wells College campus in Aurora, New York. With an enrollment of 25 students and a student teacher ratio of 6:1, Peachtown offers a highly individualized educational program featuring: multi-age classrooms, global education, interdisciplinary curriculum, developmental approach, hands-on learning, foreign languages, swimming instruction, creative and performing arts. Peachtown was founded in 1990.

Our Philosophy

A Peachtown education promotes personal responsibility and self-reliance, as well as a sense of family, tolerance and community. Located in a former home, the informal setting creates a comfortable and secure environment. Children learn at a pace that challenges, but does not intimidate or bore. A close relationship with the Wells College community provides enrichment and diversity unusual to a rural school. College work-study students and education students work closely with Peachtown teachers.

Our Students

From all walks of life and of all abilities, from different ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, Peachtown students form one cohesive community. Most students enrolled at Peachtown live within 20 miles of Aurora. Current students are from the Southern Cayuga, Union Springs, Auburn, Moravia, Lansing and Ithaca school districts.


Applications are welcome on a rolling basis. Admission is determined on a space available basis, as well as the child’s ability to benefit from a Peachtown education. Pre-kindergarten applicants should be at least four and one-half years old and deemed ready for a full-day program. School visits prior to application are encouraged. To arrange a visit or to request an application, please contact the school administrator.

Tuition and Scholarship

Scholarships are available for families demonstrating financial need. Families requiring assistance should apply for scholarship in the spring preceding enrollment. A variety of payment options are available, including interest free monthly payments and multiple child discounts. Current tuition charges are $5100 per year, with over 50% of the students receiving scholarships.


In 2008, Peachtown moved to a four-day school week. Classes run from 9:00-4:30, Monday - Thursday; after school care, staffed by College students, is offered every school day from 4:30-5:30 for a nominal fee.


Busing is provided by the home school district if the student lives within 15 miles of Peachtown or the district already buses to Peachtown. Carpools are often arranged between families.


Peachtown Elementary School admits students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions practices, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.