Faculty has denied and distanced itself from any wrongdoing but I believe my daughter because of the sensitivity and severity of the circumstances coupled with the actions and reactions of the school or lack there of, which was rather cold and very inconsiderate. My daughter came home afraid and reluctant to talk about that day because a teenager was allowed into her classroom asking her very inapproprate questions. My child was asked if I touched her when i hugged her by someone she called a stranger who really was a faculty members' teenage child. Next came her being asked to hug, be hugged, and play a tickling game by male students much older than her. She was then physically bullied repeatedly and painfully kicked in her groin by a boy while another boy yelled to kick her in the face. The schools' response to every complaint was that maybe it wasn't a proper fit; her safety and inappropriate contact with much older boys? My lawyer even asked why were we allowed in if we weren't wanted there.
Ambleside School of San Angelo, Texas is a school where students are able to be themselves, to achieve their highest aspirations and to still be able to study in a Godly environment. I would recommend this school for anyone that would like an excellent education for their children and not be influenced by the world.
The first day of 7th grade my son said, " That was actually the best day ever. I actually liked it and it was fun." On the fifth day of school he said, "My brain is tired from trying to get all of the knowledge." We have been here at Ambleside since Kindergarten. We love this school, the teachers, and the administration. Teaching to my child's heart.....what could be better? He is growing as a whole person, in which one day will serve him quite well. He will be ready for college both academically and socially.
We love the Ambleside of San Angelo. It is a wonderful school full of great teachers who truly care for students. They teach the whole child and while the challenging academics are important, so is instructing children in habits of kindness and respect. The school strives to instill positive character habits which is something all children must master in order to succeed. They read classic literature. It is NOT just reading books for points. Children fall in love with reading because of rich characters and compelling story lines of the books chosen. The school has an outstanding arts program and children learn violin. Please stop by, tour it, and see! Once you do, you won't want your child anywhere else.
A superb education with character molding- Ambleside School is like homeschooling only not in Your Home. I especially enjoy ready the rich literature in their original works along with my children San Angelo is blessed to have this SUPERB EDUCATION offered in this town. I encourage Everyone to just go visit the school and you will see for yourself !
Actually, this school continues to get better and better. While the founder contributed greatly to the school, the school's philosophy originated first with the British Educational Reformer, Charlotte Mason, in the late 1800s, due to her dismay at education becoming a "system" and children being treated as "products" not persons. Then this philosophy made resurgence with the Founders of Ambleside Schools International many years before this great school made its way to San Angelo. It's sad to know that a parent is so ill informed as the June 2013 review is quite skewed. Never has there been a Kindergarten class with ages 4 to 7 and Ambleside does not promote kids for "social" reasons. It is true, however, that parents were asked to participate in purchasing the building, which is far more inclusive than one or two families funding the school. It is true, too, that Ambleside seeks to pay their teachers a higher salaray than most private schools, and as a result, tuition is more costly. If you would like accurate information, please visit and experience the difference of this life giving, phenomenal school. You won't regret it!
The cons are the tuition, lack of sports, and only a few kids in high school. The positives are the people, the location, and the small classes. If my kids had learning disabilities, I would not choose here as they don't offere the services public school does.
Ambleside was an answered prayer for my family. A large part of why their methods and philosophy of education works is centered on the relationships the students have with work, others and subjects. This allows the students to become well rounded in all subjects as well as life. Obviously, this is a small example of how the Ambleside education fosters amazing thinkers and leaders for America's future!
My child was at another private school for Pre-K and Kindergarten. By mid year in Kindergarten she had decided she hated school. At that point I knew I would most likely home school her beginning in first grade. Then I heard about Ambleside. I researched the philosophy for months. Then I visited Ambleside Fredericksburg and knew that it was not merely ideal on paper, but was in fact a reality. My daughter began at Ambleside in first grade and by mid year was waking me up at 3:00 A.M. worried that she d be late for school. What a difference! She is now going into seventh grade and often says she wishes there was an Ambleside College. Thank you Ambleside for empowering my child to be a life-long learner. Her future professors and employers will be grateful for the foundation that you ve given to her.
My daughter was enrolled in a private Catholic school in San Angelo from pre-k through 1st grade and wasn't excelling academically and we were not filled with a feeling of safety, love or comradery , so we made the switch to Ambleside. I cannot express how pleased and excited she and I have been with this school. I have never seen so much love shown between the staff and the children, the staff and the parents and even between all the parents themselves. When you walk through the doors, it's as if you're with your family. And the morning chapel, academics, art and music are just outstanding. My daughter likes to go as early as possible and wants to stay even after she has been dismissed. They have taught her to love learning. It's the best decision we have ever made. I cannot recommend this school enough. RUN...don't walk....to Ambleside!
Be sure to research Ambleside's curriculum and philosophy before you decide to enroll your child. The program is not a fit for all, even though it looks spectacular on paper. It works for some who are highly motivated. But, keep in mind that many aspects of the program are incredibly idealistic and rigid. Students who are willing to work hard will excel. 'Submission' is a huge part of the program.
After years of the A Beka curriculum my child had come to an impass academically. Their first week in the calm and rich Ambleside atmosphere, fostered by caring, professional staff made all the difference in the world to my child. After several years at Ambleside I am only more convinced that Ambleside is the school of choice in San Angelo, TX.
This school has been a godsend for our family. I was homeschooling my children and became ill so we had to put them in school and we have been very pleasantly surprised with how well our son adapted and how much he has grown and thrived. I have never met teachers and staff who care so much about their students and their families--and I am a teacher by trade. Academic standards are high, yet students are encouraged to not only excel in the diverse curriculum, but among their peers and in their relationship in the community. This is a place where kids will be encouraged to 'grow-up well' in all arenas--social, academic, spiritual. In my opinion, Ambleside is the best kept secret in San Angelo!
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