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Plumfield Academy provides a challenging and stimulating academic program by offering students rich materials across a wide variety of subject areas.

  • American History
  • World History
  • Mathematics
  • Poetry
  • Bible
  • Latin
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • Read Aloud
  • Reading Instruction
  • Science
  • Nature Study
  • Myths and Legends
  • Music
  • Acting
  • Spanish
  • Composer Study
  • Tales and fables
  • Phonics instruction
  • Writing
  • Handicrafts
  • Grammar
  • Recitation
  • Art
  • Copy work
  • Handwriting
  • Singing
  • Shakespeare
  • Citizenship
  • Picture Study

The curriculum of Plumfield Academy is based on Charlotte Mason’s conviction that, “children should read worthy books, many worthy books.” She called these sources “living books” because they inspire great thoughts and generous deeds. In her work, A Philosophy of Education, Charlotte Mason set the following standard for the choice of books to be used in the classroom:

“They should furnish readers with fruitful ideas, and should afford them with knowledge, really valuable for its own sake, accurate, and interesting, of the kind that the child may recall as an adult with profit and pleasure.”

For many aspects of our learning, Plumfield Academy turns to people in the community who are experts in their field. We utilize some of the following Satellite Learning Locations:

Saugus River Association
Local vegetable gardeners
Lynn Woods
Lynn Heritage State Park
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, SMARTS programs
New England Aquarium

MIT, Edgerton Center
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Peabody Museum, Cambridge
Essex Shipbuilding Museum,
Roger Williams Park Zoo,    Providence, RI
Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
Museum of Science, Boston
Bradley Palmer State Park
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Plastics Museum, Leominster, MA

What cannot be presented at this time are the elements of the curriculum that students will design for themselves: the books they will choose to read and the projects they will initiate. At the beginning of the year, students are asked to respond to an interest survey which helps the staff gain an insight into their strengths and interests. Students also take a multiple intelligences test based on the work of Howard Gardner in Multiple Intelligences: The Theory and Practice. Students are encouraged to know their strengths, pursue their interests with vigor, and develop a self understanding that, “we have gifts that differ according to the favor bestowed on us.” (Romans 12:6)