Starting an Ambleside School: Stage One - The Decision for an Ambleside School

Step One: Coming to Understand Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy

To best understand the Charlotte Mason/Ambleside philosophy of education and applied methods, we recommend the following:

Step Two: Initial Connection with Ambleside Schools International

  • Contact us at NewSchool@amblesideschools.com and provide written responses to the following:
    • Tell us something of the story of your interest in starting an Ambleside school, how it began and how it has been growing.
    • Compose an answer to these questions regarding Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education:
      • According to Charlotte Mason, what are the ramifications of seeing children as persons or failing to do so?
      • What is meant by education is an “Atmosphere, Discipline and Life?”
  • Request a phone call with ASI and include a time frame convenient to you. We will confirm a time for the call.
  • After the call is confirmed and in preparation for it, please list any questions you have to assure we focus on your concerns. 
  • During the call, we will invite you to:
    • Tell us something of the story of your interest in starting an Ambleside school, how it began and how it has been growing.
    • Discuss any questions you might have regarding the Charlotte Mason/Ambleside philosophy and method of education.
    • Identify the questions you need answered before making the decision to become an Ambleside school.
    • Begin the discussion regarding the answers to those questions.

Step Three: Follow Up Actions

  • Answer a set of questions provided by ASI that others have found helpful in framing your vision and strategies.
  • Attend an Ambleside Internship, which will provide an opportunity for you to observe a fully operating Ambleside school, engage in seminar style discussion of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy, and meet face-to-face with an ASI staff trainer.
  • Establish a follow up call after the internship to address your ‘fresh list’ of questions.
  • Make a clear decision as to whether you should start a school and if it should be an Ambleside School. By this time, ASI should know enough of your vision to confirm that this is a good fit.
  • Discuss five essential aspects of starting a school (leadership, teachers, students, location, financial provision).
  • Communicate, with both parties concurrence, the intention to partner with Ambleside Schools International.

Click the link to Stage Two: Building the Foundation