Yes. We have no service or volunteer requirements for parents. We know you’re busy!
Yes! We offer a multi-sibling discount of 10% for the second and subsequent children.
On your days at home, please use whatever curricula you wish. We will share what we did in class and sometimes make recommendations for activities to do in your off days to enhance the school experience, but none of this should significantly impact your curricula choices.
No, but they are great! In fact, if you have not chosen a curriculum yet, we highly recommend looking into this program! Both our cottage and forest school utilize some resources from their curriculum and a number of families in our program use it.
We are a Christian school. While we do not require that participating families are Christian, please know your child will be exposed to Christian teachings. Our cottage school will be using both Christian and secular curriculums and will be teaching from a Christian perspective. You are always welcome to contact us if you are interested in learning the specific curriculums we are using. Our forest school does not follow a specific curriculum and your child will not be forced to participate in prayer. All comments will be respected with politeness and dignity, but only those consistent with a Christian worldview will be endorsed as truth.
The reason we point this out is in no way to discourage families of diverse opinions from enrolling their students, but out of respect for those opinions. If it is important to you as a parent that the meta-narrative endorsed by your child’s educators be consistent with your own, we want you to know what we are all about upfront so as not to offend later. I know the deep frustration of the potential conflict you may be facing if you strongly oppose some of the aspects of our school but love others. However, we simply can’t be all things to all people. If we’re not the right fit for your family, I sincerely hope you will find a program that is.
We realize that some of you homeschool because your child has special needs or behavior issues that a traditional school may not support. Please keep in mind that despite our absolute best wishes for your child, we simply do not have the resources to accommodate certain issues.
For the forest school program, physically, students will be asked to participate in P.E. and nature walks. Classes are outdoors, pending severe weather.
In terms of mental-related or behavior issues, we simply do not have the staff or training to accommodate moderate or severe issues. To participate in this program, your child will need to be able to be away from a parent the length of the school day. The ability to learn to participate in a group, be respectful of others, and work independently will be necessary for them to succeed in this program. If you believe this would be problematic for your child, this may not be the program for you, and for that, we are truly sorry.
Ambleside Christian Academy is taking a break to focus on our families, please look out for future offerings!