A. As a member school of Ambleside Schools International (ASI), we use a collection of the finest publications written by the best authors, all of which is organized by a group of expert educators with over 100 years of combined experience in education.
A. If a child doesn’t know how to pay attention and can’t sit still, they probably won’t get much out of a great reading or piece of poetry. The living ideas are missed.
A. Sports that your child can enjoy for the rest of their life.
A. Ambleside is not limited to the Common Core because we believe it is a small way to view a child who has so much life to live beyond just academics.
A. A “Culture of Engagement” means more attention from a teacher and better attention from the students. In a class of 15, all students can be engaged. In a class of 40, a few can disrupt the whole body.
A. Every classroom has a philosophy, whether they know it or not. It’s defined by the question, “Why do we do what we do?” Rather than letting each teacher answer this individually, we answer collectively and abide by that common view.
A. “Telling back” whatever has been read, seen or heard. It develops the mind towards great ideas.
A. We are similar in how we use great books, thinkers and foundational skills for learning. We are different in how we view children. To us, they are whole persons who desire to know great ideas.
A. It’s not healthy to eat the same food at every meal, it’s the same with our minds. We need a rich and varied feast of ideas to provide our minds with the nourishment they need.
A. Not with letter grades, these seem inadequate to measure someone as complex as your child. Exams are comprehensive essays meant to evaluate their broad understanding then reviewed in-depth by teachers and shared with parents via “Reports of Progress.”
A. We set expectations and then train students in good habits. Natural consequences are used as much as possible with the goal of reconciliation. No Corporal Punishment is used in our school.
A.Yes, as long as someone understands the school’s Christ-centered education.
A. We unite our students around the person of Jesus Christ and allow many doctrinal issues to take second place.
We cultivate in our classrooms the idea that we are all children of God and fellow travelers on our journey of faith. In matters of faith, we seek to unite our students around the person of Jesus Christ, allowing many issues of doctrine to take second place. Teachers are asked to refer students to their parents to resolve controversial doctrinal issues. We seek unity in essential matters of faith and welcome diversity in the non- essentials. The overarching principles for any sensitive discussion are love, respect, and understanding.
A. Teachers at Ambleside must be creative, thoughtful, engaged learners with broad interests and educational knowledge. Teachers who thrive at Ambleside enjoy ideas, read regularly, and are passionate about our philosophy and willing to adapt old ways of teaching to a challenging approach. An undergraduate degree is preferred for our teachers.
A. Extensive training in the Ambleside Method.
A. It is introduced as far as it supports the education from books, but is not emphasized.