The Green Vale School, located in Old Brookville, was chartered by the State of New York Board of Regents at its present site in 1923. The beginnings of the school actually date back to 1917 when a group of parents, led by Mrs. Clarence C. Pell of Old Westbury, started a school for five year olds in her home.
The School's motto, then and now, is "Optima Durant" - "The best endures" - a statement deeply embedded in the daily life of the School.
The School's highest priority is to ensure that students graduate with superior academic preparation which provides a foundation for a lifetime of learning. Self-discipline, motivation, and dedication to excellence are attitudes the School seeks to inculcate in all its students as they participate in the wide variety of learning experiences. Ethical behavior, good judgment, compassion, kindness and consideration towards others are emphasized.
The Green Vale School embraces the importance of encouraging and fostering a diversity of ideas and perspectives as part of the learning process. In a community where respect is a guiding principle, learning is enhanced when a variety of curricular ideas and student perspectives are present and appreciated. Therefore, recruiting, welcoming, and maintaining families and staff members of varying backgrounds, races and cultures, promote a sharing of experiences and viewpoints -- and reinforce the School's mission and strengthen its sense of community.
Since Green Vale’s earliest days, “Blue and Gold” has been one of the school’s most cherished traditions. Students are assigned a color and retain their blue or gold affiliation for life. Children of alums “inherit” their color from their parent(s). Competitions are held throughout the year, culminating in a school-wide Blue and Gold Field Day when students, parents and alumni join together to defend their color’s honor.
Fifth grade students work all year long in their crafts class building a large, wooden sailboat that, per tradition, they enter in the 5th Grade Boat Race each June. The day is always a memorable one.
Graduating student plaques made in ceramics class decorate the halls and dining room at Green Vale. Each child’s name and year of graduation are part of the individually styled pieces of art.
Family style lunch is one of the Green Vale traditions that, more than any other, sets the stage for a well informed relationship between faculty and students. There’s nothing quite like casual conversation and sharing a laugh -- while enjoying a good meal -- to bring people of all ages together.
- Eighth Grade Trip
- First Grade Tea
- Class plays each year involve all students from kindergarten through eighth grade in the production of a musical, comedy or drama every single year. The opportunity for creativity is matched only by the sense of pride they display as they confidently perform before their peers, teachers and families. The Upper School production is always a grand and cherished memory for students.
- Winter and Spring Musical Concerts and Art Shows
- Community Service Projects for all ages are ongoing, each and every year of a Green Vale student’s education.