The Bennett School for Girls, originally founded in Irvington N.Y. by Miss May Bennett, found Halcyon Hall quite suitable as a new home in 1907. The school had been in operation for seventeen years and had 120 students, most from prominent families. These women took a six year course of study - four years of high school and two years of higher study. Language, culture, and fine arts were stressed in the curriculum. In the early 20th century, the school eliminated high school courses and became a junior college, offering two year degrees.What a marvelous picture (click for 1600x1200), and a fantastic (literally) building. You can read about the school and see historic photos here (note the dorm room with a piano, the fencing class, the library...). This page has interior photographs of the current state of the building; I particularly liked the handrail on this staircase:
And I would love to have the opportunity to explore the yards and gardens with a metal detector.