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Plumfield Academy

Private | 1-8 | 24 students

Plumfield is known for using Charlotte Mason's Gentle Art of Learning.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $299,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,160.

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Posted October 28, 2013

Plumfield offers small group teaching using the Charlotte Mason approach. It is homeschooling away from home. A wonderful alternative both for homeschooling families who do not have the ability to continue full-time home education and families whose kids' needs are not being met in traditional academic environments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

My daughter loves this school! She was bummed at the end of the year when she realized she wouldn't be going all summer, and asked how long it would be until she could go back. The teachers and staff love the students and respect them as individual persons, making for a peaceful and gentle learning atmosphere. The adults model kindness and polite behavior, and take the time to help the students at each age work through the relational issues the arise. I'm so proud of the work that they do there and the way that my daughter is growing into a beautiful person because of this school's influence in her life. I can't recommend it highly enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

I've been so blessed to work with a wonderful group at Plumfield! The teachers are not only knowledgable, but care for the students and the students really respond to that care and love. The parents are committed and participate in the life of the community. The students are an amazing bunch - they recently took a canoe trip which lasted 7 hours, and while they were tired, hungry and sore, it was still a pleasant experience because they were able to express frustration without complaining and making the experience negative. All in all, Plumfield is a great place for both adults to work and students to learn.
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Posted April 28, 2010

Plumfield is a great place for kids to learn. The teachers really care about all aspects of your child's growth. Children are encouraged to problem solve and communicate with each other in small and large group settings with teachers there to guide them. There is lots of opportunity for play and exploration. The fieldtrips are superb. Children are allowed to grow and be thoughtful contributors to society while remaining grounded in Christ like virtues. This school has saved many a student's educational life!
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Posted April 28, 2010

Both of my chidren are at this school. They are totally different learners. Plumfield has been amazing for both of my children. They are free to learn at their own pace, with the support of the most dedicated and compassionate teachers that I've ever seen. This school is truly a hidden jewel!!!
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Posted April 23, 2010

Plumfield Academy, where my son has been thriving for 3 years, offers unique educational opportunities in an unusually positive environment. Students are truly free to explore their own potential and to develop excellent skills and habits. As a result , my son's self-confidence and academic motivation are soaring, along with his capacity to empathize with other people----all this in the context of a classical curriculum, steeped in our rich literary and historical heritage.
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Posted April 22, 2010

Wonderful school! They really care about physical, intellectual and spiritual development of the children.
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Nina & John Pension
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Non-denominational

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Charlotte Mason Methodology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Plumfield, in Danvers, MA, in partnership with families, provides an atmosphere where children thrive academically and relationally because their authentic needs are met. Plumfield provides high quality academics in a peaceful, low-pressure environment where children author for themselves a full life of wide interests and healthy relationships both now, and we hope into the future. Following Charlotte Mason's philosophy and methodology, our motto is "Education for the Children's Sake."
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$9000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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123 Dayton Street
Danvers, MA 01923
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Phone: (978) 304-0273

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