I have two children attending Ambleside School of San Angelo. I never imagined sending my kids to a private school. However, after attending kinder in a public school it became my mission to find a better alternative for my oldest son.
At Ambleside, my kids are coming to love to learning while receiving a rich and rigorous curriculum. A big focus in early grades is the development of lifelong healthy habits that support learning and success later in life. The atmosphere supports real growth rather than fostering stress, while the teachers and school center on Christ.
Among private schools, Ambleside is priced below many competitors while providing superior teacher-student ratios. Parent participation is expected, but fundraisers are only held twice a year - not every few weeks like at other schools. School administration also does a good job communicating with parents on a weekly basis; in addition to the typical parent teacher interactions.
Charlotte Mason was an English author, philosopher and educator. Her educational philosophy is the basis for the instructional method at Ambleside. This school focuses on her educational principles which are best summarized as, "Children are born Persons and Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, and a Life."
I attended Ambleside from 2003-2007 and it was one of the most enriching educational experiences of my life. The small class size and analytical evaluation of the written word fosters a love of learning that is rare in today's society. The teachers constantly encourage students to take a hold of their education and make it an experience of their own in order to foster their own dreams for the future. The curriculum embraced the classics and made scholarly writing second nature for students. In fact, there was rarely a piece of literature assigned in high school or college that I had not read during my time at Ambleside. Most importantly, the environment at Ambleside engendered the development of the student-citizen in the truest sense of the phrase--an informed, well-rounded member of society determined leave his or her community in a better state than he or she found it. I recently completed my first semester at one of the nation's top law schools and much of my success is a consequence of my experiences at Ambleside. I would highly recommend the Charlotte Mason philosophy to anyone who asked.
after many inpropriaties we realized this school was not a good choice when responses were lacking in many regards. using greatschools reviews in choosing this school, we didnt realize only recommended reviews were posted or rather biased for only the better. seems misleading or rather deceptive to hide honest experiences.
Ambleside School of San Angelo has an amazing Christian atmosphere that feels like home for the students. Children want to come to school because they love the learning and take joy in discovering great ideas through living books. The kind and caring staff walk hand-in-hand with parents to cooperatively bring up a child in the way that they should go. Call us for a tour today...make the choice for a decidedly different education for your child.
Ambleside School of San Angelo is truly unique in its philosophy and methodology. I had all but given up on primary education until I saw what was happening at this amazing school. The Charlotte Mason philosophy is based in every child being seen as a person, deserving a rich education filled with living ideas, art, music, Bible, language, field study, strings, and a strong core curriculum in literature, history, math and science. The goal is to have students love learning and Ambleside students do just that. They also build real and lasting relationships with each other. Most of these things cannot be found in the public school system anymore, and are a priceless commodity for any parent. The twice yearly, teacher designed essay style examinations are a true reflection of the great ideas the students have learned in a semester. The field studies (trips) are designed for student learning in the curriculum they are studying. Children at Ambleside truly love to learn the great ideas placed before them in a safe Christian environment.
Ambleside is the BEST private school available to students in the San Angelo area. The teachers are of the highest quality and utilize the advanced curriculum to the students' benefit. My children are loved and will be prepared for anything the future holds.
Ambleside School of San Angelo is a fully accredited, Christian school that uses the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education. Parents are actively involved in a partnership with teachers in connecting their children to timeless ideas through the use of great texts in a broad, deep curriculum. The school's peaceful atmosphere is conducive to children's learning, and a mutual respect between students and staff ensure a healthy caring environment. The school is evaluated annually by Ambleside Schools International, and its students' lowest average national test scores (Stanford Intermediate Testing) at the end of sixth grade are 3.5 grade levels above grade level (over the past 4 years). If you are looking for a unique Christ-centered school that has not taken the arts and music out of a rigorous and meaningful education for your child, Ambleside school is the only place in San Angelo for you. Deep concentration on the core subjects with the added benefits of foreign language, music, strings, art, artist study, composer study, poet study, nature study, handwork, community service, and field studies for all grade levels, Ambleside School of San Angelo is worth checking out.
I consider myself extremely lucky to be the parent of an Ambleside student. The environment encourages the love of learning. I know that my son is in the best possible place every day. He has developed a positive attitude towards learning and truly misses school on the weekends. I know that my son's teacher cares about him as an individual. The entire staff, including the principal, are remarkable human beings. Academically, you won't find higher standards. I work in the public school system and see my son far exceeding the public school students in all subject areas. The attention that Ambleside pays to the arts is amazing. Many public schools have neglected art and music with the increased focus on standardized testing. Each month I make a sacrifice to pay his tuition. You do not have to be wealthy to be accepted and loved at Ambleside. If you are looking for a better option, go see them. The difference is obvious.
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.