Cairn Hill An Educational Collaborative

Cairn Hill provides high quality, arts-based instruction to children in urban communities | 781.648.4605

Our Mission

Cairn Hill, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides arts-based enrichment to children in multiethnic, urban communities. Our Waldorf-inspired after school curriculum balances, enlivens and integrates the academic day.

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Art of Word Weaving Curriculum Launched!
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Our Work

An impressive array of after school programs is offered in metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts. Among these, Cairn Hill is unique in providing children with an after school experience that is inspired by Waldorf education. Since our inception in 2012, we have had opportunities to pilot and refine our innovative arts curriculum in area public schools, and have developed a rich program for English language learners that features storytelling, music, art and gardening.


Storytelling and Puppetry




In September 2012, Cairn Hill created and piloted our first after school program at the Salemwood School in Malden, Massachusetts. The program included music, clay modeling, wood working and connecting to nature. Read more

News & Events


Cocktail Reception

After school Arts in Malden

Cairn Hill will once again offer our Arts Innovation programs at the Linden STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Academy in Malden. The Linden is distinct among Malden public schools in its STEAM focus. The conversion of the Linden to a STEAM Academy is a relatively recent development, described by principal Richard Bransfield in this way:

The Linden School will become the Linden S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Academy; a school that will place more of a focus on “hands on” project based learning. As the famous quote goes: “When I hear, I forget. When I see, I remember. When I do, I learn.” We believe that taking a hands-on approach will benefit all the learning styles we have amongst Linden’s diverse population. We also believe that by integrating the arts, and literacy into subject areas like science and social studies; our children will have a more well-rounded knowledge base that will place them ahead of their peers in our quest to produce 21stcentury learners. (July 2, 2012)

The hands-on, arts-integrated approach of the Linden STEAM Academy is wholly compatible with Cairn Hill’s mission, and we are pleased to be involved in this collaboration.

Cairn Hill is pleased to announce…

We have hired two highly qualified teachers for our upcoming SPRiNG Arts programs! Nancy Bell is a professional singer/storyteller and Patty Crotty is an accomplished artist. We welcome them to the Cairn Hill team!

Cocktail Reception and Curriculum Launch

Cairn Hill held its second annual rooftop party in the beautiful back bay area of Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate the publication of our curriculum The Art of Word Weaving. We warmly thank all who came out to support our programs and to enjoy delicious food, great prizes, and the lively Celtic music of the Scottish Fish! Read more

The Scottish Fish with Katie McNally

Co-founder and board member Daniel Bekele with Cairn Hill friend Sam Polyak

Cairn Hill board member Lilly Siu checks for rain… and finds it! The party moves inside—come join us!

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