The Magnolia School

2705 W Tharpe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303-0323
Tel: (850)385-3834
Grades: K-8 | 60 students
Since 1985, The Magnolia School, K-8th grade, has given children and young people a safe place to learn and grow.
We remain steadfastly committed to: multi-age classrooms (K-2, 3-5, 6-8); 10-1 student-teacher ratio; a small size (intentionally fewer than 60 students in the whole school); integrated, active, and differentiated curriculum; and developmental student evaluations and portfolios.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded 1985

Student Body

Total Students 60 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
9%
State avg.: 34%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Jr. Thespians, Middle School Model United Nations Jr. Thespians, Middle School Model United Nations,

School Notes

  • The Magnolia School’s theme-based learning approach is designed to teach students to make natural connections. Each year, the staff selects different themes (mosaics, Persia, the Industrial Revolution, and energy, for example) and develops curriculum that integrates the “big ideas” and concepts of  language arts, social studies, science and math. Language arts and math also are taught separately, with lessons reinforced during theme study.
  • The concept of theme-based learning is not new. Unlike the more widely used model of teaching different subject areas independently while following a distinct pre-developed curricula, the theme-based model mimics the natural learning process, whereby the brain learns by making connections between disparate bits of information. It also is a powerful model to prepare our students for the modern world of work, which puts a high value on the ability to synthesize knowledge from different sources, to solve problems, and to work with others.
  • Our teachers assess student progress on a daily basis through observation of their attitudes and behaviors while they work. We believe that the process the child uses to learn to read, write and problem-solve is as important as the final product. Formal testing is not part of our curriculum, though test-taking skills are informally introduced to older students to help them make the transition to middle and high school. Grades and report cards are not given at The Magnolia School. In order to provide parents with information regarding their child’s development, we provide many opportunities throughout the year for parents to interact with the learning process. Assessment at a glance: Detailed developmental assessments Regular parent-teacher-student conferences Regular, consistent feedback
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School Reviews

My child is currently in the 1st grade at the Magnolia School. The focus on academics without the pressures of testing and grades makes the classroom a place for joy in learning. The small, family atmosphere puts me at ease because I know my child is safe and treated with love and compassion at school. I have the opportunity to speak directly with my child's teachers EVERY DAY. Learning is truly individualized and my child is challenged without being overwhelmed. We are able to enjoy family time in the evenings without the pressures of completing pointless homework worksheets. My child participates in yoga and crafts after school. My child literally calls The Magnolia School part of our family.
- Posted by Parent, 03/17/16
I graduated from Magnolia is the mid 90's, and now at close to 30 years old I still think quite often of my time at Magnolia and how incredibly and wonderfully it has impacted my life long after I left the school. Now as a new mother I think back to the hands on learning and individualized approach the school uses, and I take a lot of parenting cues from this. I only hope I can find a school for my daughter that comes close to being as magical an experience and yet also as academically, socially and creatively stimulating.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 02/24/16
The Magnolia School has met the needs of my children, nephew and granddaughter.... all with very different personalities and needs. The staff worked extremely diligently when my nephew came to school with various problems including vision problems, learning problems, behavioral problems. He had had a difficult life growing up for ten years. As his problems were unveiled, the staff worked with the family to help him, encourage him, and love him through his difficulties. The whole family benefited by the efforts of the staff of the Magnolia School. I will ever be grateful for the efforts put into caring for my nephew. My nephew grew by leaps and bounds being in a loving environment.
- Posted by Parent, 01/01/16
The quality of the academic curriculum at Magnolia is outstanding. The theme-based approach allows students to learn every facet of a subject, allowing them to see the big picture and how everything is connected. I was impressed at the things my daughter came home talking about even in kindergarten. The children are nurtured and encouraged to do their best, and my daughter is thriving academically as a result. But Magnolia is also a close-knit community and my daughter loves her teaches and her classmates. She is excited to go to school. Magnolia is inclusive and this allows kids to accept and appreciate the differences in people and families. I'm so happy we found this school. I know my daughter is better off for it.
- Posted by Parent, 10/08/15

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