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Our Philosophies

Welcome to Ashlar, where we apply a holistic approach to human development and education. While our learners have access to the latest technological resources and will experience a truly innovative enrichment opportunities, our main daily focus is on nurturing the hearts and minds that will make use of that education.


“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ~Aristotle


We regard nature as one of our great teachers, a community unifier, and a therapeutic partner. Our programs include ample time spent outdoors in all weather.


“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” ~Thomas Berry


Traditional public education focuses on teacher-guided academic lessons for the majority of the day. At Ashlar, we follow a different approach, a philosophy which is sometimes referred to as “disruptive education”. This philosophy focuses on student-guided quests of discovery and exploration. Our learners follow self-directed academic goal. One thing that sets us apart from traditional education is the large amount of time devoted to learners creatively pursuing their own passions, as well.


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~William Butler Yeats

Our learners are not simply passive attendees at a school, but are truly active members of a thriving community. Through selected and assigned stewardship tasks, each person finds the importance of being committed and dependable within the community.  Every person on campus has a role to play in this community, and having large community involvement keeps morale up and costs low.


“Community is much more than belonging to something; it's about doing something together that makes belonging matter.” ~Brian Solis


We value the wisdom, nurturing, acceptance, admiration, and learning that takes place in multi-age groups. Our studios cover more than a decade ages, giving our learners even more opportunity to mentor, nurture, and aspire.


“We all have souls of different ages.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

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