Student learn to recite bible passages, poems and other literary pieces on a weekly basis. If a student does not succeed on their first attempt they are given a couple of days more to practice before another attempt. In this way, failure is not an option. Persistence and determination are valued over the initial results.
One of the habits of virtue pursued at Ambleside is: Respect & Reverence
-For the elderly
-For those in authority.
This begins with a focus on language—words both written and spoken. Children learn from varied classical literary sources — Plutarch, the King James Bible, Shakespeare, Pilgrims’s Progress — as well as poetry, art, and music. Children are taught to narrate school lessons, in an educational method rooted in classical rhetoric and prescribed by Erasmus.
Below is a partial list of some habits that Charlotte Mason thought should be encouraged in children. Ambleside School's teachers place daily focus on developing these habits in students:
Cleanliness (face, hands, clothes, & belongings)
Courtesy/Good Manners/Politeness (in speech, in different situations, etc.) Kindness/Respect
Courage (“True courage-daring to do and defend right”)
Integrity (priorities, finishing, use of time, borrowed property)
Sweet, Even Temper
Managing One’s Own Body
Self-Control in Emergencies
Self-Discipline in Habits
Self-Restraint in Indulgences
Regularity in Devotions (prayer, reading the Bible, praise)
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.
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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.