Clonlara School Home Based Education Program

1289 Jewett Avenue,
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-0804
     Tel: (734)769-4511
Grades: K - 12 | 690 students
The heart of our philosophy in the Clonlara School Home Based Education Program is that learning happens in a variety of ways and that many activities and life experiences can be considered as integral to a student’s education.
Clonlara Campus School was founded in 1967 by Pat Montgomery, PhD, with the goal of empowering students to participate in the design and application of their own educations.
The Home Based Education Program has been in existence since 1979.
Our mission is to provide programs and services that that recognize and support a learner's curiosity, strengths, and interests as the foundation of his or her educational experience.  We serve students in K-12 from the U.S.
and 31 other countries (as of 2011-12 school year).  Clonlara School’s Home Based Education Program is fully accredited by AdvancED.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. State or regional independent school association
National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Yes!
Year Founded 1979

Student Body

Total Students 690 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Clonlara School Home Based Education Program Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 80%
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $780
Tuition Notes K-8 tuition $750 per year Grades 9-12 $1000 per year New enrollment of a graduating senior $2000 One-time registration fee $200
Admissions Director Julia Garbowski
Admissions Associate Meagan Konieczki

School Notes:

Many kinds of students benefit from our home-based program, including ones who are:

  •  motivated to design their own educational path
  • realizing that the traditional school system is not right for them, for a variety of reasons
  • advanced in one or more subject areas
  • non-traditional learners
  • struggling due to special needs such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD
  • seriously pursuing interests in performing arts, music, or sports
  • traveling extensively and in need of a “portable” education
  • college bound and non-college bound
  • needing credit recovery due to illness, learning disabilities, or other reasons
  • high achievers who have a special interest they want to study in depth
  • experiencing health issues that prevent them from attending school

We do not have a prescribed curriculum, although advisors provide resource recommendations.
This enables each student and family to develop an individualized plan. Our advisors help students
and their families design a curriculum that is customized to meet their goals, while allowing them
the flexibility and time to pursue their passions.


We believe that creating a curriculum should be a good fit with the student’s learning style,
interests, and goals. Students may want to move quickly through a subject area, or work in great
depth in the subject; with Clonlara, they can make as much progress as they are able to, without
being tied to a grade-level syllabus. Students may need to take their time in a subject area and move
at a slower pace, or go off on tangents; there is no barrier to doing this, either. Students can travel,
immerse themselves in a subject they care about, or devote themselves seriously to performing
arts, athletics and entrepreneurship, among other pursuits, while still moving forward on their
educational path. High school students can earn credit toward their diploma for doing what they
love to do.


We believe learning happens in many different ways. Our students learn through performances,
visiting museums, or interviewing community members. They can study as apprentices, take an
online course, use books, websites, lectures, audio and video materials, and design or write their
own creations.

Once enrolled, a family is assigned to an advisor. Students and parents work closely with their
Clonlara advisor to map out an educational plan that fits their student’s interests, needs, and
aspirations. Topics for discussion may be choice of subjects to be learned, how to approach
learning, materials and resources to be used, and ways to ensure learning is achieved and
documented.

Clonlara students learn to make and carry out an educational plan independently, with guidance
from their families and their advisor. They benefit from the varied experiences and active learning
situations they are able to have as Clonlara students. Our graduates have been accepted to
many prestigious colleges and universities, technical and vocational programs, and a wide variety of employers.

Profile last updated: 09/02/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Ann Arbor Academy (1.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St. Francis Of Assisi School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Daycroft Montessori Preprimary School (1 miles away)
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  • Ann ArborSt. Francis Of Assisi School
      (Roman Catholic)
    2270 E Stadium Blvd
    Ann ArborMI48104
    (734)821-2200
      (Roman Catholic)
    0.9 mi | 373 students | Gr. K-8                      
  • Ann ArborDaycroft Montessori Preprimary School
    Montessori School
    100 E Oakbrook Drive
    Ann ArborMI48104
    (734)930-0333
    Montessori School
    1 mi | 15 students | Gr. PK-NS                      
  • Ann ArborSummers-Knoll School
    2203 Platt Rd
    Ann ArborMI48104
    (734)971-7991
    1.1 mi | 97 students | Gr. K-8                      
  • Ann ArborHebrew Day School of Ann Arbor
      (Jewish)
    2937 Birch Hollow Dr
    Ann ArborMI48108
    (734)971-4633
      (Jewish)
    1.2 mi | 85 students | Gr. K-5                      
  • Ann ArborLittle Lamb Nursery & Kindergarten
    Daycare / Preschool  (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    2794 Packard St
    Ann ArborMI48108
    (734)971-4811
    Daycare / Preschool  (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    1.4 mi | 4 students | Gr. PK-KG                      

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