Grades K–8

Grades K–8

Clonlara offers a small, multiage setting where students create and learn with the support of their teachers and peers. Because children thrive on play, movement, and exploration, learning takes place through hands-on and play-based experiences, using outdoor space whenever possible. We have three classrooms in this age range: grades K–2, grades 3–5, and grades 6–8.

Hours for grades K–8:
9:00 am–2:00 pm

Three- and five-day options available.

Early arrival offered 8:00–9:00 am, Monday–Friday.
Enrichment courses and open play offered 2:00–5:00 pm Monday–Thursday and 2:00–4:00 pm Friday.

You can learn more about enrichment options here!

Elementary (Grades K–5)

Clonlara builds on young students’ curiosity for learning by emphasizing the importance of play in addition to core academics. Every day we bring enjoyment, wonder, and discovery into our spaces to help our students build a strong foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Our classroom climate fosters collaboration, and our multiage setting allows the younger students to learn from their older peers, taking on leadership roles when ready.

Middle School (Grades 6–8)

The middle years are a time of great transition and increasing self-awareness for youth as they begin to see themselves in relation to their peers and the world around them. Through a combination of projects, play, and academic subjects, we help to foster students’ emerging self-confidence by encouraging them to bring their ideas into the building and letting their questions and interests guide their learning.

Three-Day and Five-Day Options

When attending Clonlara three days per week, students will get a hybrid schooling experience. On Tuesday through Thursday, students will work in a mixed age learning community to learn core skills, pursue their interests, and engage in group projects. On Mondays and Fridays, students are homeschooled. Those days can look any number of ways, but our educators and advisors can support home days as needed.

Because we have a smaller group on Mondays and Fridays, there are additional opportunities for teachers to support students in their academic and social-emotional goals. Students extend the learning happening on Tuesday through Thursday, get additional one-on-one and small group support, and go even deeper into their FCLs. These days tend to be full of messy art projects, field trips, and lots of mixed age play.

Daily Rhythm

The following rhythm is how we generally structure our day. There is plenty of flexibility to accommodate students’ needs, projects that catch our attention, and field trips!

Morning Meeting
Core Subjects
Reading (D.E.A.R.)
Individual and Group Projects
Community Clean-Up

Experience why our children are HAPPY to learn!