Clonlara School

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This article is about the American school of that name. For the Irish village of that name, see Clonlara.

Clonlara School
Clonlara School Ann Arbor Michigan.JPG
1289 Jewett
Ann Arbor, Michigan, Washtenaw, 48104
United States
School type Private School, Alternative School, Home Based Education Program (HBEP)
Established 1967
Founder Pat Montgomery
CEEB Code 230-082
Director Martha Rhodes, Campus Director
Grades K12 High School Diploma
Number of students Campus ~ 40, HBEP ~ 701
Classrooms Multi-age: Youngers (5–10), Middles (10–13), Olders (14–18)
Accreditation Accreditation International, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for Private School Accreditation

Clonlara School is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. The school operates a Campus Program and a Home Based Education Program as alternative education.

Clonlara School has operated a private campus school since 1967. This campus is attended by students daily. In 1979, its Home Based Education Program (HBEP) was established to serve students all over the world. Both the Campus Program and HBEP serve students in Kindergarten through high school graduation. Clonlara School is accredited by Accreditation International (Ai), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS), and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).

Clonlara School's approach to education is guided by the following philosophy: Each Clonlara student pursues a personalized education which is developed through collaboration between a Clonlara Advisor or teacher, the student and a parent or mentor. Curriculum materials and experiences are selected based upon the goals, learning strengths, and interests of each student individually. Coursework is undertaken with the primary responsibility for progress and completion set by the student.[1]


In 2013, there were 741 students enrolled in the school. The campus enrollment was 40 students, while the home-based program enrollment was 701 students, approximately two-thirds of whom were in grades 9–12. Campus students reside in the Ann Arbor and surrounding areas, while home school students reside in regions across the United States and 25 additional countries including: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Namibia, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

Graduates have gone on to various pursuits including college, entrepreneurial, athletic, artistic or military endeavors.

Clonlara School's mission statement is as follows: "Our mission is to provide programs and services that recognize and support a learner's curiosity, strengths, interests and talents as the foundation of his/her educational experience."[2]


Clonlara School is accredited by the following organizations: Accreditation International (Ai), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS), and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).[3]


Clonlara was founded by Pat Montgomery[4] in 1967 as a private day school. A second program was established in 1979, the Clonlara Home Based Education Program, which accommodates home schooling families in the United States and over 24 other countries.

According to its website, the founders' vision for the school was to create a school where children of all creeds, races and ages would learn and grow in an unhurried, relaxed atmosphere; where enrollment would be a limited number of students so that the children, staff and parents would all get to know one another; and where parents would share intimately in the life of the school and in the education of the children.[5]

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