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Below are circumstances many parents discovered in their child’s school life before they came to Plumfield. They found Plumfield’s response an answer to their child’s need.


Our child is a bright child who is bored by multiple worksheets, textbooks, a lack of good stories, and the inability to move ahead at his/her own pace.

We believe that each person has the spark of life and curiosity within. We believe children enjoy and want to think, learn, and engage with great ideas.

At Plumfield, classic authors (such as Twain, Shakespeare, and Alcott) captivate students with powerful ideas, relationships, and stories.

Students interact with the great minds of history by reading primary sources. Special studies include: Latin, Robotics, Leadership, and training in observation and communication.

Students test into their personal level of math and move at their own pace.

In addition, each student is given time to pursue personal interests which enlivens their spirit.

“My son comes home from school and has the energy to work on his own science experiments.” 


Our child struggles with basic skills (reading, writing, or math), but is gifted in other areas not honored in many of today’s test-driven settings. S/He lacks the opportunity to shine in her/his areas of strength, and so may feel negative about academics in general.

We believe every child has a talent or competence to share and benefit others.

At Plumfield, we recognize that children are intelligent but their academic skills are still developing. We feed and engage the intellect (with Great Books and narration) while, over time, help them improve their academic skills.

Deficiencies in reading and spelling are addressed in our Wilson Reading Program; math skills are strengthened through individualized tutoring.

Children who struggle with reading are read to daily from classical children’s literature so they don’t miss the intellectual feeding they so need and desire.

Learning Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory enables our students to understand themselves as gifted in different ways.

An hour of free play each day allows students to create and do what they love.

Finally, our humane homework policy leaves time for the enjoyment of family life and personal interests.

“If my boy did not have time each day to work on his fort at Plumfield, the spark in him would just go out.” 


Our child is a student who is so conscientious s/he feels stressed before exams – even to the point of tears? S/He is such a worker in the academic arena that there is little time left over for the enjoyment of life.

We believe every child can learn balance so they may experience the fullness and joy of life.

At Plumfield, students demonstrate their knowledge through narration: telling or writing about what they have just read or observed. They experience narration, not as a test to stress over, but as a natural part of the learning process.

Term exams (taken in January and June) are not “crammed for.” Instead, students write or tell all that they know and recall from the term’s work.

Conscientious students enjoy the opportunity to dig deeper into areas of interest without the fear of being tested.

Finally, our humane homework policy leaves time for the enjoyment of family life and leisure activity.



Our child is a child who is quite successful (in sports or academics), yet feels judged and put down by peers – to the point that s/he is not able to be herself/himself.

“I have seen my daughter walk into a room of her peers and simply wilt from the atmosphere of judgement.” 

We believe each child is a beautiful person and is worthy of love, forgiveness, respect and acceptance for who s/he is. We believe self-acceptance and self-confidence are nurtured in an atmosphere of mutual care.

At Plumfield, students experience an emotionally safe environment where positive interaction is the norm. We cultivate self-awareness and identity through the books we read, discussion, personal reflection, interpersonal relationships, and journaling.

Students are free to be the person they truly are so they can develop their academic and relational abilities to the full.



Our child is a child with a gentle disposition who is bothered by the harsh language and interactions of his/her peers.

“We didn’t raise him to speak in that way and he doesn’t like it. He’s a sweet kid who just wants to enjoy his friends, but the social environment at school gets in the way.”

We believe childhood can be a time of innocence and joy.

At Plumfield, students learn the ways of respectful communication. They may experience strong feelings and normal conflicts, but relational and communication skills are taught to enable students to work through conflicts successfully.



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• Established 1993
• Grades 1 to 8
• 24 students; 3 full time faculty; 5 part time faculty
• 8 to 1, Student to Teacher ratio
• Class sizes range from 2 to 8 (depending on student need)
• 14 communities represented
• Great Books Curriculum
• Wilson Reading Program
• Singapore and Saxon Math
• Academic Support and enrichment
• Homework policy respects family time
• Leadership, Service, Life Skills
• Child-led play time
• Healthy relational habits
• Frequent field trips
• Acting classes and live performances
• Easy access from routes 1, 95, 62, 114, 35