The Camphill School
Our mission is to create wholeness for children and youth with developmental disabilities.
We are part of the worldwide Camphill movement and the only Camphill community in North America for children. We offer residential and day academic and prevocational programs, as well as therapeutic care for children in kindergarten through grade twelve. We also offer a Transition Program for young people ages eighteen to twenty-one.
Students participate in a full range of conventional and holistic therapies along with prevocational programs, community-based instruction, entrepreneurial ventures, and care for animals and the natural world. In addition, students develop meaningful relationships with peers and staff who reside both on- and off-campus.
The Camphill School was formed when Downingtown Special School and Donegal Springs, curative homes for children that began in 1954 and 1961 in Pennsylvania, merged. After an extensive search for a location to house an ever-growing number of children and live-in volunteers, a beautiful fifty-seven-acre farm in rural East Nantmeal, Pennsylvania, was purchased in October 1963. All around the world, more than one hundred Camphill communities in over twenty countries take different forms. Every community, however, is dedicated to social renewal through community building — with children, youth, and adults with disabilities. The Camphill ideal is to engage all the members of each community in meeting their own needs, as well as those of the community at large, to whatever extent their abilities allow.
We are currently looking for individuals who would be interested in joining our community for 3 – 12 months as a Live-in Volunteer. Volunteers live and work in our community in extended family-like settings with residential students and faculty. They guide a group of neuro-diverse children through daily functional and academic learning goals, and any challenges they might encounter along the way
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 100
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors