“The people themselves begin to understand and to clamour for an education which shall qualify their children for life rather than for earning a living. As a matter of fact, it is the man who has read and thought on many subjects who is, with the necessary training, the most capable in handling tools, drawing plans, or keeping books. The more of a person we succeed in making a child, the better will he both fulfill his own life and serve society.” – Charlotte Mason

Application Procedure

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all steps in the application process are completed.


The application must be completed and signed by the parents or guardian. Turn application forms and one-time, non-refundable $100 application fee (check or cash) to the Ambleside School of the Rio Grande temporary office at 3917 Swallow Ave, McAllen TX 78504. Download Application PDF


Families requesting need-based financial aid should notify Ambleside School of the Rio Grande to obtain the necessary forms.


A testing appointment will be scheduled after the application has been received. The $50 examination fee (check or cash) per child is due at the time of testing. Each applicant is required to take an entrance examination.


A Request for Student Records form is included in the Student Application. Please complete and sign so that the applicant’s educational records may be released to Ambleside School of the Rio Grande upon enrollment. This may include report cards, standardized aptitude and/or achievement test scores, etc.


A copy of the applicant’s immunization record or exemption affidavit, and a copy of applicant’s birth certificate are required before a student can attend classes.


Parents may choose one of the following options:

Option A) Annual Cost - One payment received by Aug 1st $3,800

Option B) Semester Cost - Two payment made Aug. and Jan. 1st $2,000 each total cost $4,000

Option C) Monthly Cost - Twelve monthly payment beginning Jun 1st $350/mo. total cost $4,200

Other Fees

$150 is due when application is submitted. This fee includes application fee, evaluation fee, and supply fee.

This fee does not include uniform cost, standard personal school supplies, or special event (such as field trip cost or special function supplies)

Sample Weekly Schedule

8:15 am – 8:25 amMorning SingingMorning SingingMorning SingingMorning SingingMorning Singing
8:25 am – 8:50 amBibleBibleChapelBibleBible
8:50 am – 9:00 amRecitationRecitationRecitationRecitationRecitation
9:00 am – 9:20 amMathematicsMathematicsMathematicsMathematicsMathematics
9:20 am – 9:40 amPoetryComposer StudyPoetryPicture StudyLiterature
9:40 am – 10:00 amLiteratureTales & FablesLiteratureTales & FablesNature Study
10:00 am – 10:30 amSnack & Outdoor PlaySnack & Outdoor PlaySnack & Outdoor PlaySnack & Outdoor PlaySnack & Outdoor Play
10:30 am – 10:55 amPhonics & SpellingPhonics & SpellingPhonics & SpellingPhonics & SpellingNature Painting
10:55 am – 11:10 amHandwritingSingingHandwritingSingingHandwriting
11:10 am – 11:45 amFrobelsHandworkFrobelsHandworkFrobels
11:45 am – 12:00 pmSpanishRead AloudSpanishRead AloudSpanish