Clonlara Ann Arbor

Flexible Learning Options

For 50+ years, Clonlara students have followed their curiosities and interests. They have learned on our campus, at home, in their local communities, and all around the world.

Building on Clonlara’s highly personalized approach, our new flexible in-person learning options provide kids (ages 5–13) with opportunities to build friendships, discover new interests, and receive academic support.

Programs details

Daytime Program

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Three- and five-day options available.

Our Daytime Program offers small, multiage setting where students create and learn with the support of their teachers and peers. Working closely with students and families, our education team fosters a personalized learning environment through hands-on and play-based approaches. Because children thrive on play, movement, and exploration, learning takes place through active and multisensory experiences, using outdoor space whenever possible.

Co-Learning Center and Enrichment Courses

Monday – Thursday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

With comfy furniture for relaxing, a library full of books, and computers available for research, our Co-Learning Center provides students with a quiet, comfortable space to read, write, and reflect. In addition, our fully stocked art area has everything needed to create beautiful projects. Themed supplies are available each day for students to explore.

Enrichment courses offered by local professionals provide opportunities for students to develop new interests and passions through activities like ceramics, arts and crafts, capoeira, STEM exploration, and more.

Ann Arbor Community

Clonlara views the wider community as extension of the classroom. The real-life experiences of toad hunting, maple sap gathering, ice sculpting, gardening, attending plays and concerts, and grocery shopping are all examples of our past outings. Field trips to local libraries, museums, parks, and other areas of interest are regularly integrated into our school week. Students are also strongly encouraged to reach out to the community-at-large through service projects and to contribute to the maintenance of the campus through chores.

 

Daytime Program

Tuition*

5 days/week $10,000
3 days/week $7,500

Registration

1st Student $200
Sibling $50
*10% discount on tuition for each sibling

Co-Learning Center / Enrichment Courses

Pricing*

Clonlara Student $64/course
Non-Clonlara Student $80/course

Registration

Non-Clonlara Student $50
*Enrichment courses meet weekly for one hour and include eight sessions per quarter. Pricing is per student.

Our Blog

through the years

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"The school inside you"

While visiting Summerhill School in England, A.S. Neill advises Pat Montgomery to create “the school inside you.” The Montgomerys purchase a house for a nursery school in Ann Arbor. Clonlara School is founded.
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Clonlara begins to grow

The Montgomerys purchase the house next door and Clonlara grows from one house to two.
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Child care center opens

Portable classrooms are added.
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Clonlara enrolls school-age students

Elementary school opens in portable.
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We grow with the kids

Six- to 13-year-olds served.
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Homeschooling begins

Clonlara launches its Home Based Education Program, which is now the Off-Campus Program.
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Different ages, different needs, same personalized learning approach

Clonlara expands ages served to include 14- to 18-year-olds.
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Brick by brick

Clonlara breaks ground for a new building.
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Time to expand

Clonlara’s Spanish Program begins.
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Our international community grows

Clonlara’s German Program begins.
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New beginning

Pat Montgomery retires and Pat’s daughter, Chandra Montgomery Nicol, is named Executive Director.
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Growing beyond our imagination

Clonlara establishes affiliate program in India.
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Global reach and new programs

Clonlara establishes affiliate program in Costa Rica, begins Hungarian Program, and launches the Online Program.
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More countries come on board

Clonlara’s Portuguese Program begins.
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A name change and a new language

The Home-Based Education Program becomes the Off-Campus Program; Clonlara’s French Program begins.
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Celebrating 50 years...

From its roots in Ann Arbor, Clonlara continues to grow and touch many lives throughout the world.
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Expansion in Portugal and Brazil

Clonara establishes the affiliate program in Portugal, in partnership with Colégio de São José, Coimbra. The Brazilian Program begins.
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New paths in Portugal, Idanha-a-Nova

Clonlara starts a partnership with the members and children of Associação Sementes do Interior, Comunidade Cultural e Educativa.
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A new team that joins

A new team gets together: Clonlara Portuguese Association is created.
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The dream guides life

Clonlara Portuguese Association establishes a partnership with the City Council of Idanha-a-Nova, in order to open the future Campus in the region. The licensing process begins with the Ministry of Education.

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Campus FAQs

Contact Us:

1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 769-4511 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm)

info@clonlara.org