Plumfield Academy

Tel: (978)304-0273
Grades: 1-8 | 24 students
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Small groups are the norm at Plumfield. Students have quality time with a loving tutor and several peers for math and language arts during each day.
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Small groups are the norm at Plumfield. Students have quality time with a loving tutor and several peers for math and language arts during each day.
These boys are taking advantage of a sunny day to work on their math outside. Sometimes the cool breeze is enough motivation!
The proud owner of a completed woodworking project! The youngest among us are taught proper safety techniques and allowed to participate and create beautiful things with the older students.
Spending time each week outside in nature, exploring, observing, evaluating, assessing and enjoying is an essential component of our curriculum. Here students discover and observe evidence of beaver activity.
Students regularly participate in school-wide celebrations for holidays and other special occasions. Here, young boys spend time in the kitchen, learning about meal preparation by preparing the meal for the whole school to eat together.
Older students spend time in the spring researching a system of the body (or other topic of interest to them, related to the human body), preparing a power point presentation, then giving that presentation to their peers. There is time for Q&A, as well as feedback from students and teachers.
Last year, students performed 'A Christmas Carol', and the whole school participated either in the show or behind the scenes. It was a fantastic bonding experience for younger and older students.
Outside free time is another critical part of the day at Plumfield. Students have an hour at lunchtime for child-driven play. This is often the most joyful part of the day for students, and it's a prized time for them.  Our students play cards, climb trees, roll giant snowballs, capture the flag, invent alphabets for new languages and have fun!
Our students find cozy spots nearly anywhere to do their work. Independent reading is a regular part of our day, and is all the more fun when you have a buddy nearby.
Founded in 1993, Plumfield Academy, situated in a wooded setting in Danvers, Massachusetts, offers an intimate learning environment for positive and creative students in grades one through eight. Plumfield is a family-like small school dedicated to providing today’s children with a sane, balanced life of vigorous intellectual study combined with child-driven free play and exploration in nature.
Charlotte Mason asserted: ‘Education is a life,” suggesting that an optimal education for children nurtures the body, mind and spirit in concert.
While sustaining small-teacher-to-student ratios (1:8), the Plumfield family presents a unique and highly successful curricula incorporating character development, Great Books, personal narrative, the visual and performing arts and nature study.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 1-8
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia, Language Based learning Differences, Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1993

Student Body

Total Students 24 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
10%
State avg.: 25%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
66%
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,225
Admissions Director John Pension

School Notes

At Plumfield Academy we seek to offer, as Charlotte Mason described:
  • an atmosphere where there is respect and understanding,
  • a discipline of habits of mind and body,
  • a life that includes intellectual, moral, and physical sustenance, and where the mind feeds on ideas.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

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