“Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.” – Charlotte Mason
Ambleside Schools International
As a member school of Ambleside Schools International, our school is based upon the ideas of English author, philosopher and educator Charlotte Mason (1842-1923), who founded a teacher training college in Ambleside, England, inspired the creation of the Parents’ National Education Union, and shaped the work of education in hundreds of primary and secondary schools worldwide. Her ideas are set forth extensively in a six volume collection of her writings, and can be summarized as follows: “Children are born Persons” and “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline and a Life.”
When we look at a child, we see a whole person. Someone born with an innate desire to know and a curiosity that drives learning, for a lifetime. We see minds hungry for ideas. It is our job, our mission, our calling to cultivate an atmosphere best suited for your children to thrive.
While our teachers are passionate and more than capable of instructing your child, they have a strong method which guides their approach. It is in the strength of this that we maintain our consistency across the variety of personalities and backgrounds leading in the classrooms. It is also the steadying force in your child’s growth as they move upward through the grades. Subjects and certain elements of the approach shift to meet their maturity, but the core remains consistent.
As a teaching environment for educators, we believe there is none more well-suited than Ambleside. Teachers love their pupils and get to share with them in that enthusiasm for learning. The relationship between each subject and the substance within them provide just as much food for the mind of the teacher as each child. The ideas are engaging at any age. As teachers and fellow learners, it’s an invigorating place to be.
Small class sizes only enhance the engagement. Students receive far more personal attention and the atmosphere is much simpler to preserve. Visitors often remark how “peaceful” it is to walk down the halls, a subtle murmur of bright conversation seeping through the doors to each classroom. Our size also encourages children of all ages to interact daily. Relationships grow through the intermingling of a community and so we encourage everyone to be a role model to one another.
We will begin the first classes at Ambleside School of the Rio Grande, fall 2017 with one class of Kindergarten and First Grade. God willing we will add at least one combined class of two additional grades each year. By fall 2019 we anticipate offering a complete Kindergarten to Fifth grade education. We will continue to grow to offer K3 thru High School to meet the educational interests of the community.