The 1st Clonlara Campus in Portugal

It is with great enthusiasm that Clonlara School announces its first Campus in Portugal, in Idanha-a-Nova.
Clonlara School – Idanha is a project launched in 2021, developed through the Clonlara Portugal Association.

An international, bilingual school based on “Michigan Academic Standards” (State of Michigan, United States of America), whose licence application includes the admission of students from the 1st to the 12th grade, corresponding to the Youngers, Middles and Olders groups of Clonlara School.
The project is under development and approval by the Ministry of Education in Portugal.

The region

The municipality of Idanha-a-Nova is located in the district of Castelo Branco, in a privileged location, halfway between Lisbon and Madrid.

Idanha-a-Nova is part of the Geopark Naturtejo of Meseta Meridional, a UNESCO World Geopark, integrating the International Parque of Tejo and classified as a City of Music, within the scope of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It is the 1st Bio-Region in Portugal, being part of the International Network of Bio-Regions.

It is a territory endowed with a unique beauty and a very significant historical and cultural municipal heritage.

 

Our Infrastructures

The building of the future Clonlara Campus in Idanha-a-Nova is located in an area equipped with several sport facilities and leisure infrastructures, which improve the school’s proposal.

The project includes the rehabilitation of an existing building, an old nightclub, and also consider the increasing of the total area to accomplish the school needs. It is a project designed to include the pedagogical dynamics that define and distinguish the Clonlara School, such as the large and multi-functional classrooms that support the methodologies used with the students.

The interventions in the building will happen in different stages, allowing a comfortable and a progressive opening, complying with the regulations established by the national authorities in Portugal.

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

Contacts:

Associação Clonlara Portugal
Centro Empresarial de Zona Industrial
6060-182 Idanha-a-Nova

info.idanha@clonlara.org