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Meridian, ID
Students enrolled: 505
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6100 North Locust Grove Road
Meridian, ID 83646

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(208) 323-3888
(208) 672-0522
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May 15, 2015
This has only been our family s first year at The Ambrose School but it has by far exceeded our expectations. The upper school students, the teachers, coaches, parents, and administrators have been extremely warm, welcoming, loving, and helpful to our child. I cannot even begin to explain what a blessing it is to my wife and me to have our 16 year old following us around the house, enthusiastically expounding on the things that went on during the school day and to hear, I cannot imagine how next week could possibly top these past two weeks. Is the school rigorous? Yes. We expect it to be. Can an average student with a decent work ethic thrive there? I believe so. That would describe our child. The homework load, in our own personal experience, has been very reasonable and not at all burdensome. Our child has participated in many extracurricular activities and family activities with no problem. I would say that the school is not for everyone though. The expectations for conduct and hard work are high. It places a high premium on Christian worldview. Not everyone will agree with the classical Christian approach but for us The Ambrose School is as good as it gets.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2015
I have tried multiple times to review this school. I tell the truth of my family's experience and every time my review is removed by greatschools.org for TOS violation. The truth is my family was at Ambrose for 12 years. We spent in excess of $70,000 in tuition, almost that much in donations, and thousands and thousands of volunteer hours. In return, in her freshman, sophomore and junior year my daughter was shamefully bullied by faculty,administrators, elite families and their children. When we complained we were told that this activity was part of their educational plan, and if we didn't support this plan we were no longer welcome. We left, and have been maligned and shunned since standing up for ourselves by the "Christian" community of the Ambrose School. Please do not send your kids to this institution.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
The Ambrose school is a wonderful education for all grades. The teachers are caring and the curriculum is challenging. Students are taught to think, not just to memorize and recite. The truth of God's word is interwoven throughout each subject.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2015
Our family is humbled to be a part of the Ambrose School. The staff is fully committed to creating a true classical Christian experience. Instead of the chapel approach of most Christian schools, wherein the spiritual element is silo-ed into an hour of the students day, the aim of the school is to integrate Christ into all subjects (for example, showing through mathematics how Christ created perfect order to the universe). Furthermore, the school honors the true classical approach of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Subjects are not taught in autonomy but correlated to underscore the practice of thought as a part of a richer foundation of knowledge (for example, selecting literary pieces that complement the historical period students are reviewing). Grammar school emphasizes memorization and upper school is split between logic and rhetoric. Students emerge as critical thinkers that are well spoken, analytical, and well-equipped for a successful life of scholarly prowess. The families and staff are unified in their love of the children, Christ, and education. They work together to create an incredible community!

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2015
When we were making the choice of where to place our kids we were given so many opinions about The Ambrose School, all strong in one direction or the other. As a private Classical Christian school we heard the rumors and concerns of it being too strict, academically rigorous, expecting too much of the students, being overly structured, pouring homework on children and not allowing them to enjoy childhood. I can't tell you how unfounded all of these concerns have proven to be. Choosing The Ambrose School was the best decision that we have made for our family. To see our children being taught to love and live for Jesus while being trained up to be contributing people of character is such an invaluable blessing. They are being taught all of this with more grace and care then I could have ever imagined. The faculty that leads them have inspired us and made us want to be better parents and examples of Jesus to our kids. I just cannot say enough about this school for anyone who is considering it.

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March 03, 2015
My children have been going to this school for many years and we have finally had enough and realized that it is time to move on. This school leaves me with both a horrible taste in my mouth when I think about it and an appreciation for what they are trying to achieve. I believe that the school means well and the curriculum is spectacular unfortunately the implementation of this curriculum leaves much to be desired.

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March 03, 2015
The curriculum at the school is very "rigorous" as many teachers have stated and if you have a child with any learning disabilities do not enroll him/her into this school. The school does not cater to any children with learning disabilities from what I have personally been told. I have had several children at this school not all with learning disabilities. Most of the families are wonderful at this school and I feel that the school takes advantage of them and overwhelms the children with so much school work that many parents and students end up emotionally exhausted. When has it ever been acceptable for students to cry due to so much homework? How is it ok to burden the whole classroom with a huge workload because a few students can handle it? Children should not be spending 3+ hours on homework each night and this is what you can expect from this school from 6th grade and onward. My child will miss friends but not the school when we do not return next year. If you are looking for a school where your child will be busy doing homework all night with no time for any other activities or friends then this is the school for you.

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February 19, 2015
My son graduated from The Ambrose School. He received a full tuition scholarship to a school East of the Mississippi. He was fully prepared for college. He learned how to work hard and how to manage a full workload with demanding subjects. His college professors are impressed with his knowledge ranging from Art appreciation to Economics. He is able to articulate himself well in class discussions and essays. We contribute this success to his experiences at The Ambrose School. When he was home at break, we were talking about his future goals. He told us that he wants to find graduate from college, find a successful job, marry a Godly woman, and have lots of kids. Finally, he wants to live close to Meridian ID so he can send his kids to The Ambrose School.

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February 18, 2015
This is my family's 4th year at the Ambrose School, and we love it. The Christian community here is wonderful; we are regularly encouraged by the displays of Christian love and charity that we see happen in the school. My wife and I are daily assured that the teachers and other families care about our daughters and are looking out for their spiritual, intellectual, and physical well-being. The maturation in Christ we have seen in our daughters from year to year is almost unbelievable, and much of that is due to the Christ-centered culture and instruction they receive throughout the school day.

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February 17, 2015
This is a school that will teach your kids to be critical thinkers. The academics are rigorous and are accompanied by a nurturing culture. The teachers and staff care about the students and their parents. My kids became life-long learners as a result of their studies here and the example of the teachers.

- submitted by a teacher

February 12, 2015
Our three children have attended The Ambrose School over the past 15 years beginning in kindergarten. We now have a graduate, and two high school students. We have walked with the school through many changes and with every change, the school has become an even better place to educate students. There are many opportunities for music, art, media, etc. The success of the mock trial program is unmistakable as the team is repeatedly the state champion or runner-up. The athletic program is top-notch. Most importantly, our children are ready for college. It is evident our oldest, now a junior in college, has succeeded because of the training she received at Ambrose.

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July 30, 2013
The Ambrose School provides an unparalleled opportunity for children to obtain knowledge and perspectives that will serve them throughout their lives. Unburdened by much of the nonsense of the public school experience, Ambrose students are able to exercise their innate curiosity about the deeper significance of our world. The Christian world view underscores the student experience, providing a context and relevancy to all of the areas of study. In this way, Ambrose seeks not only to encourage the students to do well in their studies, but also to do good in their lives.

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February 07, 2013
This isn't just a "Christian School" where "Bible" is 7th period. Its a whole different way of learning, the classical method, but with a Biblical World View. The Founding Fathers and Mothers were taught this way - and they created the greatest system of government on earth...and a society to match based on Judeo-Christian values. Today we have reduced most public education to job training that is dumbed down to a low common level. Not here. The academic rigor, core values and special nature of each child's relationship with God, each other and the community set the school apart. In an age of moral relativism, this is an island of truth, beauty and justice where right and wrong, good and evil aren't in the eye of the beholder. It can be intense, and boredom is unknown. Be prepared as a parent to learn all over again alongside your kids. The kids (11 and 13) love the school, their friends and their teachers, and have the same life most kids do, with perhaps more homework. Almost every student is involved in sports, an important aspect of learning. If I could change anything it would be to extend the school day to 7 hours and add a cafeteria, but that is coming.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2012
moved from another state. To be honest I hate it here and would love to go back. But the only thing keeping us here is the Ambrose School. It is the most incredible blessing to our children!!!! Public school isn't even in the same relm as this school. We have a grammar and upper school kids. The teachers are wonderful. The academic rigor is what my kids needed. They were bored in public school. Ambrose is a beautiful growing school. We could never have afforded Classical Christian education where we moved from. Ambrose is very reasonable compared. AMBROSE IS AMAZING!!! Truly a christian school.....not the fake kind.

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April 06, 2011
We discovered Ambrose when our son was in middle school. Despite the challenges of a rigorous curriculum he has never been happier. The faculty interacts with the students throughout the day. Teachers make it a point to know the names of students in all grade levels. Their presence has a very positive impact. Students are challenged to think and express ideas. The entire environment has changed the way he sees himself. His confidence has grown and he is seeing the world through different eyes. The Classical Christian education is superior. We love the conversations that arise from books they are reading, topics they are discussing and normal life lessons taught from a Biblical perspective. We often wish we had discovered Classical Christian Education earlier, but then we wouldn't appreciate how wonderful Ambrose really is.

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April 08, 2010
The 'Foundations' have been lost with the growth of the school. Money is a huge issue, always asking for more. The kids are not the focus of the school anymore. Getting more people in so the money will flow is the main objective. Some teachers are very caring, others do not like children and the kids know it. By the time the kids hit junior high and high school age they are burned out and have lost interest. Public school has never been our first choice but we will be pulling our children out for next year, to give them a break and to give them an opportunity to be involved in a better variety of classes as at Ambrose the learning is very repetative and narrow. We have spent a fortune (college tuition) for a disappointing failure.

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January 22, 2009
Foundations Academy is a wonderful place for children. The teachers are passionate and loving. The decidedly Christ-centered worldview is wonderful. Moving across the country for our children to enroll here was the one of the best decisions we have made. Thank you Foundations Academy!

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January 30, 2007
Our family of 5 children is in its 10th year at Foundations Academy, our eldest having graduated in the first senior class last spring ('06). What a blessing this school has been to our family: Foundations has provided a quality education with a Christian worldview, committed and nurturing teachers, and a strong vision to move forward with building and adding extra-curricular programs as finances allow. Actually, Foundations is very family-like, as parents are welcomed into the environment, believing that school is only an extension of a parents' desire to teach and grow their children. Uniforms are one of our highlights! Every school provides a set of options that include positives and negatives. We choose Foundations, with all its pros and cons--for its commitment to a superior and unique education within a Christian environment.

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August 23, 2005
My daughter attended this school for her kindergarten and 1st grade years.Kindergarten went well,I was beyond impressed.First grade went downhill quickly.She loved her teacher and her class and was really loving the challenge of the work.There was a student in class that had come from public school and parents were less than spiritual..she started quite a few fights in the class..the school did next to nothing to correct it.The school also heavily discouraged rewards for doing well in class,saying that the good grade should be reward enough..maybe that works for high school kids,but 1st graders?When the Head Master was questioned on that,the reply was that if parents want rewards for their children then they are in the wrong school & are ignorant to classical education.The children may be quiet,but it's out of fear,not respect.Their lifeskills are severly lacking.Sweet kids,but need socialization.This school could be amazing with a few 'minor' changes.

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September 28, 2004
My stepdaudghter has attended this school from kindergarten. The physical plant is adequate, and my only criticism is a lack of an organized physical education program (mens sana in corpore sano). With that cavet, the teaching is excellent and based upon the classical trivium of grammer, dialect and rhetoric. It is elitist and some children will not be able to handle the educational load. However, as an introduction to what michael barone has termed 'hard america', this school is superb. If you and your child can handle a demanding curriculum, they will graduate with a first-rate education. If you have the prejudice of low expectations for you child you should not consider this school.

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September 09, 2003
Foundations Academy is a private, Christian school presently serving grades K-10 and will be expanding to K-12 in time for the present 10th graders to graduate from Foundations Academy. The teachers teach the students from the perspective that they are there to assist the parents in educating their children. The focus is on knowledge/learning and manners. I have walked up and down the halls several times and heard the Pledge of Allegiance, Latin, silence, and one teacher questioning his class like this, 'How can you be more helpful when your parents ask you for the 9th time to please take out the garbage.' There is never any chaos. The students wear uniforms, are well-mannered and fascinated with learning. This year this Kindergarten teacher gave all the parents her home telephone number 'just in case we had any questions over the summer.' I am so glad I found this school. My eldest daughter graduated from a local public school. My husband and I both are public school products. Nevertheless, the vast improvement cannot be overlooked. I'm thrilled with Foundations Academy.

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We are Boise Valley’s regional classical Christian school, in operation since 1995 (formerly Foundations Academy). We are located near the intersection of Locust Grove and Chinden (6100 N. Locust Grove Rd) in Meridian, Idaho. Our student body of around 500 students represents over 70 different churches. We are an evangelical protestant Christian school, accredited by the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Visitors are welcome.

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The Ambrose School
6100 North Locust Grove Road, Meridian, ID  83646
(208) 323-3888
Last modified The Ambrose School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
The Ambrose School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top