Plumfield Academy

Plumfield Academy Photo #1 - 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.
Plumfield Academy Photo #2 - These boys are taking advantage of a sunny day to work on their math outside. Sometimes the cool breeze is enough motivation!
Plumfield Academy Photo #3 - 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.
Plumfield Academy Photo #4 - 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.
Plumfield Academy Photo #5 - 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.
Plumfield Academy Photo #6 - 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.
Plumfield Academy Photo #7 - 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.
Plumfield Academy Photo #8 - 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!
Plumfield Academy Photo #9 - 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 TypeAlternative School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-8
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Language Based learning Differences, Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1993

Student Body

Total Students48 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Plumfield Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size6 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,975
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$1,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJohn 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.
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