A Charlotte Mason-Inspired Scholé Cottage School
Wednesdays, 8:45am – 12:45pm
Jefferson Barracks Park
Serving Grades K-4
Set in the midst of a 300+ acre wood, students enjoy a morning in reflective study of nature and art, as well as structured and unstructured play. The forests and fields of Jefferson Barracks Park serve as classrooms, and the flora and fauna as curriculum.
We want to create a learning environment where teachers act as guides, mentoring children on how to be co-creators with Christ – not someday, but now. We believe children are fully persons during their whole lives, meaning they need to be equipped to do what God is asking them with their talents and opportunities in the present, not the future. Children’s values are largely attained during their early and elementary years, and therefore our top priority is teaching appreciation and literacy in what is true, what is beautiful, and what is good. We believe that by focusing on who the child is today, they will be even better equipped for the future than students whose education is geared toward preparing for college and an unpredictable future workforce.
A Look Ahead: The 2017-2018 School Year
We get a lot of questions about our plans for next school year. In complete honesty, enrollment numbers and available teachers always dictate final plans, balanced with our very high standards for quality. However, I can tell you what our goals are.
- Support K-6 by adding another nature/art teacher.
- Remain at Jefferson Barracks Park, on Wednesdays.
- Meet for 35 weeks, between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
- Add options for memory work and/or poetry & picture study.
- Maintain small class sizes (12 students or under).
- Allow parents to drop off, and do not require parent volunteer or service hours. (We know how busy you are!)
- Keep primary tuition at or under $150/month, supply costs under $100/year, and registration & operations fees to $100/year. (By primary, we mean this tuition rate would not include add-ons like memory work or poetry & picture study classes.)
- Allow a limited number of high school students to serve as teacher’s assistants in exchange for waived tuition. (These older kids would still learn a lot, as our current assistants do, but the program would not be tailored to their age range. Preference will be given to teens with a younger sibling in the program.)
- Finalize all details, and open enrollment by April 2017.
- Add another program focused on mathematical modeling, writing & illustration, reasoning through reading, and an in-depth look at numbers with an emphasis on fractions and decimals. This would be:
- located in Columbia, IL (just barely across the river, we promise!);
- serve grades 4th-6th;
- meet from 9:30-3pm on Tuesdays
- be a drop-off program with no outside of class homework assignments, and no parent volunteer/service requirements;
- cost $150/month; and
- be taught by Ambleside Director.
If you are interested in enrolling your child next school year, please get in touch with us via the Contact Form. The better and sooner we can gauge serious interest, the more additional features we can add next year.