Clonlara’s K–12 campus in Ann Arbor provides a vibrant environment where students learn through innovative, hands-on, and project-based methods. Our three multi-age classrooms, individual learning plans, and low student-teacher ratios enable students with diverse learning styles and needs to thrive; while frequent fieldtrips and engagement with community mentors enrich the learning experience.

Youngers (grades K-5)

Children’s imaginations thrive in the early years when learning and fun go hand-in-hand; yet, for many, the excitement diminishes as their time in school increases. Clonlara builds on young students’ curiosity for learning by emphasizing the importance of play in addition to core academics. Everyday we strive to bring enjoyment, wonder, and discovery into our Youngers Classroom to help our students build a strong foundation for a life-long love of learning.

  • 2016–2017 Tuition: $12,950
  • 2016–2017 Half-Day Kindergarten Tuition: $4,500

Middles (grades 6-8)

The middle years are a time of great transition and increasing self-awareness for youth. As they begin to see themselves in relation to their peers and the world around them, Clonlara fosters students’ sense of connectedness and belonging to their campus and surrounding community. Through a combination of projects, play, and academic subjects, our Middles Classroom supports students’ emerging self-confidence by encouraging them to bring their ideas into the building and letting their questions and interests guide their learning.

  • 2016-2017 Tuition: $12,950

Olders (grades 9–12)

During high school, students begin to connect their learning goals to the mark that they want to make in the world around them. Clonlara empowers high schoolers to explore their interests and ideas and make plans for putting them into action. In addition to the core subjects, our Olders Classroom emphasizes community service, public speaking, problem solving, critical thinking, independent work, group work, negotiation, self-advocacy, cultural literacy, research, and the important life skills that prepare students to succeed after high school in the college or career of their choice.

  • 2016-2017 Tuition: $17,000

Academics and Much More

Clonlara students actively participate in their own educational process, working closely with their parents and teachers to identify and pursue the projects and activities that fit their individual interests. In addition to the core subjects of language arts, math, science, and social studies, Clonlara students build problem solving, self-regulation, and social skills through interactions with their peers and the world around them. At the start of each semester, they meet with their parents and teachers to set tangible measures for evaluating their work that replace traditional tests and report cards.

Because we believe that learning begins with curiosity, every Clonlara student learns through an individualized, meaningful, and relevant process that we call Full Circle Learning. This research-supported method encourages students to formulate questions and discover answers about subjects that capture their attention, leading them to deeper understandings that they are able to share, challenge, and extend.

Our campus students work at their own pace and are neither forced ahead nor held back by the group. The low student-teacher ratio in our classes allows for valuable individual instruction, and student learning is augmented by frequent fieldtrips and engagement with community mentors. In addition, our multi-age classrooms offer older students the opportunity to mentor younger students and take on a leadership role within their campus community.

Our Philosophy


Caring Teachers

Clonlara’s teachers subscribe to the best progressive educational practices and are committed to teaching kids, not just subjects. They understand and put into practice recent findings on human brain development, enabling them to individualize a well-rounded academic program based on each student’s needs, interests, and abilities. This understanding is based on their shared belief that students who are not coerced into learning actually learn more, retain what they learn longer, and are better able to put their learning to practical use.

Above all, Clonlara’s experienced teachers are dedicated to helping each individual student achieve self-actualization. They are committed life-long learners who model self-directed inquiry by sharing their personal passions and projects with their students.

Community Connections

When students arrive at Clonlara, many say that they feel like they have come home. Strong community is fostered through regular classroom and all-school meetings in which any student or staff member can raise an idea, concern, or question. In this supportive environment, students learn to take responsibility for their actions and even—through a shared process for conflict resolution—to make amends when necessary.

Clonlara also views the wider community as extension of the classroom. The real-life experiences of toad hunting, maple sap gathering, ice sculpting, gardening, attending plays and concerts, and grocery shopping are all examples of our past outings. Field trips to local libraries, museums, parks, and other areas of interest are regularly integrated into our school week. Students are also strongly encouraged to reach out to the community-at-large through service projects and to contribute to the maintenance of the campus through chores.

Why Clonlara?

Welcoming Learning Environment

Clonlara’s sunny, airy building is located in the heart of Ann Arbor, which affords our students easy access to the many museums, parks, activities, and cultural events that our resource-rich community has to offer. In addition, the outside play area on our large wooded lot provides an extension of our classrooms where the skills of teamwork, problem solving, and independent play all occur naturally. In an age of screen time and virtual communication, outside play is not only encouraged at Clonlara—it is expected!

Inside the building, Clonlara’s light-filled classrooms are furnished with comfortable furniture, computers, and worktables; and our spacious art studio is equipped with drafting tables, potter’s wheels, a kiln, and a dark room. Our multi-purpose room provides a space for gatherings, games, and presentations; while our school library offers a cozy place to curl up with a good book. Clonlara also has a well-equipped nutrition center where students can learn to prepare healthy meals and put on cooking demonstrations for their peers and families.

A day in the life of a Clonlara student

Four Step Admissions Process

Fact finding
Your questions answered

See our facility
Meet with program teacher
Your specific questions answered

Hands On experience in the classroom
Explore the ‘educational match’ between your student and our program
Day 1 – for observation; Day 2 and 3 – student participates fully in classes and activities

Discuss the ‘educational match, do admissions paperwork and set up academic plans

Additional Options

For additional program information click the buttons below.

F-1 VISA – SEVIS Certified School – for proficient English speaking students who do not need housing options.

YCAP – Youth International/Clonlara Academic Program – for non-proficient English speaking students who seek both English language skills and housing options.  This option does include F-1 VISA services.

Blended Schedule Program

  • Kindergarten through high school;
  • Customized mix between campus and off-campus learning;
  • Combination of direct instruction, off-campus advising and independent study options;
  • Diverse learning environment;
  • Student driven pace with parent input;
  • Core studies include – language arts, math, science, social studies;
  • Gifted students are supported and challenged


2016-2017 Tuition: $8,000 (K-8th grades) and $10,600 (9th-12th grades)

Dual Enrollment Program

  • Kindergarten through high school;
  • Opportunity to dual enroll in your community school and the campus program;
  • Customized schedule where student is enrolled and taking classes in our campus program and another academic institution;
  • Combination of direct instruction, independent study options and classes somewhere else;
  • Diverse learning environment;
  • Student driven pace with parent input;
  • Core studies include – language arts, math, science, social studies;
  • Gifted students are supported and challenged

2016-2017 Annual Tuition:  dependent on how many hours spent on campus and the grade of the student

K-12 Enhanced Support Services (Special Education)

While students with learning differences can find accommodations in all of our programs, Clonlara School offers a progressive educational program designed to meet the needs of gifted children who are experiencing difficulty due to autism, sensory issues or delays in math and reading.  This dynamic program will provide students with a special level of service, while being given the opportunity to integrate into an inclusive classroom.

Program Enhanced Support Services:

  • 504 Plan
  • Design for curriculum modification
  • Provide advice on support services/interventions
  • Behavior analysis
  • Standardized testing consultation
  • “What’s Happening in Special Education” newsletter

Program Enhanced Support Services for:

  • Twice Exceptional Students
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s
  • Gifted Learners
  • Students with Learning Differences

Focus On:

  • Integration**
  • Individualization
  • Whole Child Education
  • Academics
  • Social/Behavioral skills
  • Autonomy
  • Individual progress and evaluation
  • Competency based/individualized evaluations/assessments
  • Social skills**
  • Cluster grouping**

Accomplish with:

  • Social Stories (mostly K-5)**
  • Small student/teacher Ratio**
  • Individually tailored education plans
  • Experiential learning and social skills practice
  • Certified Special Education teacher


$700, K-8 grades, plus program tuition
$1,000, 9-12 grades, plus program tuition

A la carte pricing available for 504 Plan, testing consultation, behavior analysis, design for curriculum modification, advice on treatment/intervention and transition services.

*first year students slightly higher, tuition rates may be subject to change based on individual student needs, or modified programs
** applies to campus program only