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Ambleside School

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Ambleside School is a Christ-centered K-8 school located in Herndon, Virginia, that applies the philosophy of British educator Charlotte Mason.

In partnership with the family, we encourage children to discover and embrace God’s truth, to link knowing with doing and to love learning.

Basic Facts

    Available Spots: 9/30/17 We have 1 spot left in Kindergarten, 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades.

    Age Range:

    Years Established: School established in 1999.

    Enrollment: 116 students

    Average Class Size: 13

    Tuition: $7,600 - $10,125

    Who you serve:
    Catholic, Co-ed, Christian, Elementary, Middle School, Protestant

    Ambleside School is a Christ-centered school committed to providing a Charlotte Mason “living education.” In partnership with the family, we guide and empower each student to think with the mind of Christ and to author a life rich in relationship to God, self, others, ideas, and all of creation.

Contact Details

  • Address: 1089 Liberty Meeting Court, Herndon, VA 20170
  • Zip Code: 20170
  • Phone: 703-430-4034
  • Website:

Important Q&A

    What differentiates your school from all others?
    We use the Charlotte Mason philosophy to develop habits of learning in a non-competitive but stimulating academic atmosphere where students are guided to be in good relationship with God, self, and others.

    Daily oral or written narrations allow each child to think about a text. Through asking why and how, students are active, not passive learners. Memory retention and mental focus improves and each student feels valued under this method.

    Each grade is capped at sixteen students, so every child talks and is known by the teacher and their peers.

    Few students own a cell phone and none are permitted in class.

    Our students work hard during the day so their afternoons are free to enjoy time outdoors, participate in sports, or pursue a hobby. Any work at home is purposeful and limited.

    Where do you see your school in 5 years, what will be different?
    We will have full K-8 classrooms, which means a total of 144 students at our school. We have signed a 12-year lease giving us a long-term home at 8980 Brook Road, McLean, Virginia, starting in the fall of 2018.

    Whats one myth about your school thats just not true?
    Myth: "We don't have tests." Fact: We do!

    In math, we have regular assessments and daily mental math warm-ups. In history, Bible, literature, citizenship, and other subjects, we use oral and written narrations to daily assess our students' knowledge.

    We have K-8 exam week in November and May, plus an annual standardized test date each spring for 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

    What kind of student is most successful at your school?
    All students are welcome. Students are not identified by their strengths or weaknesses, nor will they receive prizes or a rank among their peers. All students focus on learning, not besting a classmate.

    A student who learns to labor with a problem not yet grasped, who remains on task when uncertain of the outcome, who struggles to completion when hand or mind are tired, who experiences the reward and negative consequences of their actions, will grow in character and
    be successful.

    Why should we choose your school?
    Choose Ambleside School if you want to foster a robust learning experience and self-discipline in your student. From detailed Science and Nature Journal sketches, to Composer and Artist Studies, to mid-week House Games and our annual Shakespeare Festival, students grow mentally, socially, and emotionally into young people who look adults in the eye and carry themselves with poise.

    We are a member school of Ambleside Schools International,, that has over 20 schools around the world.

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