Clonlara at Sea: From Dream to Highly Personalized Education On-the-Go

5abombordo - Sailing and Learning Around the World

For some families, “traveling the world” is a fanciful dream, something to attain after the children have grown and graduated. But what would it look like if your children’s schooling could be part of the dream? With three children enrolled in Clonlara’s Off-Campus Program, one family (“5abombordo,” as they are known on social media) has […]

6 Summer Learning Tips for Older Students

6 Summer Learning Tips for Older Students

Whether you are looking forward to long leisurely days or a calendar full of activities, the summer months offer a unique opportunity for families to recharge before the next school year. Especially for middle and high school students, summer can also be a time to reflect on learning goals and take purposeful steps toward achieving […]

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Clonlara School’s Class of 2022 includes 150 graduates representing 28 countries! They have earned scholarships and awards totaling more than $1 million to help pursue their passions and goals next year in the colleges and careers of their choice. In keeping with Clonlara’s philosophy of empowering students to participate purposefully and eagerly in their education, […]

Clonlara and the Colégio de São José: A Trailblazing Partnership

Clonlara/CSJ Partnership

At nearly 100 years old, the Colégio de São José (CSJ) in Coimbra, Portugal, boasts a long history characterized by educational reform and innovation, making its partnership with Clonlara School the perfect match. Since 2018, CSJ has worked to implement Clonlara’s personalized education approach to support K–12 students in both Portuguese and English. Clonlara’s Approach […]

Change and Continuity

Chandra Montgomery Nicol Quote

In a letter dated May 26, 2022, Executive Director Chandra Montgomery Nicol shared the news of her upcoming retirement with Clonlara’s enrolled families. Read her original message below or view it in the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish. Dear Clonlara Families and Friends,

Making the World Brighter Through Art

Global Art Show 2022: Making the World Brighter Through Art

With over 400 works of art contributed by nearly 200 students from 24 different countries, Clonlara School’s Global Art Show in March wowed an international audience, making school history as our largest art show to date! Hosted by Clonlara’s Director of Education April Huard on Zoom, the virtual event welcomed nearly 140 families who tuned […]

Mara Costa: An Artistically Self-Directed Learning Journey

Mara Costa: An Artistically Self-Directed Learning Journey

When senior Mara Costa, a self-taught realistic artist, first began her studies at Clonlara School, she felt a little “displaced,” so she passed time reading and sketching. “I spent endless hours drawing,” she says, “without rushing, without demanding anything of myself, without expectations from myself or others.” She soon found that the flexibility of her […]

The Importance of “Home” in Academic and Emotional Growth

The Importance of Home in Academic and Emotional Growth

When looking to improve the educational experience of our children, we often search for the perfect curriculum, ideal program, or most dynamic teacher. We spend a lot of time seeking the best solution to grow our children academically, but what if the key to educational success lies in the most easily accessible place of all: […]

Has Your Idea of “School” Changed?

Has Your Idea of “School” Changed?

When March 2020 began, few families could have imagined the effect COVID-19 would have on their experience of school, work, and life. Under the assumption everything would get “back to normal” in a few weeks, many were happy to try working remotely, socializing via Zoom, and learning at home. Even homeschooling families were willing to […]

Distance Learning with Caring Support

Distance Learning with Caring Support

Many homeschooling families draw a distinct line between the learning activities they design together—visiting museums, writing poetry, conducting science experiments—and those offered by online or distance learning providers. But what happens when a student’s interests lead to a very specific fascination in a topic about which their parents can offer zero assistance? Perhaps the topic […]