Get to Know Our Executive Director Sofia Gallis

Get to Know Our Executive Director: Meet Sofia Gallis

How do your children describe their education? Would words such as “exciting,” “engaging,” or “captivating” come to their lips? These are descriptions Clonlara School Founder Pat Montgomery and her daughter, former Executive Director Chandra Montgomery Nicol, believed should describe every child’s learning path. Under the leadership of Clonlara’s first non-Montgomery family member, Executive Director Sofia Gallis, our […]

Personalized Support for Students with Special Needs

Do you have a curious child who learns differently than their peers? Is your student a capable, neurodiverse learner with special needs such as dyslexia, autism, or ADHD who would benefit from a highly personalized learning approach? Have you considered homeschooling as a possible alternative but are unsure about where to begin? Before enrolling in […]

What Does Volunteer Service Look Like at Clonlara?

What Does Volunteer Service at Clonlara Look Like?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” said cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. At Clonlara School, we build this powerful sentiment into our educational approach by ensuring that volunteer service is an integral part of the learning experience. We encourage all […]

Adding Clonlara Online Courses to Your Learning Plan

Online Courses

Imagine your high schooler has a newfound interest in a subject you know nothing about. They are driven to learn more, and you wonder, “How can I fan this spark of excitement?” Whether it is anthropology or architecture, coding or conservation, or any other specialized subject area, you may need some extra support. Clonlara School’s […]

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 […]