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Homeschool parents, CNS is soliciting input for supplemental offerings we can make available to homeschool students. Feel free to share your ideas via AnswerGarden.


CNS Classroom Carbondale New School is a progressive, independent, not-for-profit private school for students from pre-k through eighth grade. We are not a new school; we have been here since 1974 when a small group of dedicated, determined, and visionary parents founded CNS. At the New School, we understand that students have a variety of learning styles and children's individual personalities are cultivated and respected. Children are allowed to develop at their own pace. Education is not a one-size-fits-all process.

Studies have shown that empathy, self-discipline and persistence are better predictors of academic success than either IQ or socioeconomic background. CNS is unique in that its faculty and staff address these character issues daily using Love & Logic® classroom techniques.

Mission Statement

The Carbondale New School provides quality, student-centered education that inspires confidence and a lifelong love for learning. We respond to each student's unique abilities and learning style within an inclusive and supportive community that values the intelligence, worth and creativity of all children. We empower children with knowledge, skills, compassion and a sense of responsibility for self and others.


As a parent-owned and operated not-for-profit corporation, we are committed to providing a diverse and dynamic learning environment as a leader in educational innovation. We will provide the autonomy and support to inspire excellence in the students, staff and parents of our school.

Learning Environment

CNS Field Trip CNS has small classes. Our commitment to small class size provides an intimate learning environment and promotes close bonds within the school family. This is definitely the place where everybody knows your name! Theme-based, hands-on experiential learning—and lots of field trips—bring learning to life. Our playground includes a small pine and hardwood forest, a big grassy field, and yes, CNS students get dirty! Fresh air, learning about nature, animal husbandry and becoming good stewards of the land are some of the things CNS students are passionate about.


CNS Classroom For over four decades, CNS has provided creative quality education to students in a safe and nurturing environment. Working together, students, teachers and parents create a community that fosters and maximizes student's intellectual, social, and emotional growth.

This sense of community has powerful and profound implications for its members. Students feel at home in their school. It is a place where they learn, grow, and feel respected and accepted. Parents know their opinions and input are not only welcome but also necessary to the school's success.

Choosing to enroll your child at CNS means you are joining a family of people who will truly care about your child as a whole person. We help educate them into caring and loving citizens of the community and the world.

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