My nephew is entering 2nd grade at Charlotte Mason and his younger brother will be attending kindergarten in the fall. The school offers small class sizes with a focus on hands-on learning, emphasizing nature and outdoor exploration. It is my understanding that they do not evaluate students with standardized tests but rather the students are required to provide verbal responses to evaluation questions, which requires them to integrate and apply information instead of memorizing isolated bits of information. Families are required to volunteer a certain # of hours each school year so each family has a vested interest in the school and there is a strong sense of community among the families. They have recitals each year to highlight what the students have learned including vocal and instrumental music and recitation of poems and Scripture. They operate from a Biblical world-view, which is infused into all aspects of their school. I would highly recommend Charlotte Mason Community School in Detroit for anyone interested in providing their child with a solid academic and spiritual foundation!
- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2008
Ambleside School is like no other that I know. The children at Ambleside not only learn, they actually seem to enjoy it! The school is very hands on, learning through experience and multiple intelligences. No standardized tests, lots of time outside in nature, music and art, average of 3 field trips per month, children read great literature, teachers that really nurture - this school is FABULOUS!
- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
There isn't a better elementary school in the city than this one! Because teaching is their calling and not just their job, the staff creates an atmosphere that is welcoming and engaging for all students. And the kids learn! As a classroom helper I get to see teaching at its' finest. My favorites are history and spanish songs. I (andmost of the other parents) love to learn right along with the kids. Another thing I love is that they provide outdoor recess twice a day. No other schools around, to my knowledge, even acknowledge the need of children for outdoor recess let alone provide it twice daily. And then, there is art, gym, handcrafts, composer study, etc., etc, etc.
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