Former students and graduates:

“Magnolia taught me first and foremost about being a respectful, responsible person with the ability to face unknown experiences and thrive in them, to really connect with other people, and to feel confident about myself and my abilities. But it also showed me how to be silly, to have fun, to get creative and messy, how to share myself with others, and how to learn something from every person I come into contact with, whether they bear the title Teacher or Professor or not.”

“I have many great memories of making books and all the different ways we got to tie together and present our theme activities. Along with this is the memory of simply enjoying school! It seems that often education turns into a cranking out of assignments, but at Magnolia School you got to take pride in what you were doing.”

“I was able to learn how I learned best, and was exposed, in the way that best suited my learning style, to ideas and experiences not included in a standard curriculum, which led to my developing interests (cooking, archaeology, anthropology and animals) that still drive my life.”

“Lots of reading made me love words and literature, and conflict management helped me know how to work with people who think or plan different than I do.”

“By second semester of sophomore year in high school, I made straight As throughout high school. I did fine on the FCAT, the SAT, and the SAT IIs as I prepared for college. Since arriving at Georgetown University, I have made As and Bs and have been on the Dean’s List, both while in the Liberal Arts College of Georgetown and the School of Foreign Service.”

“I am deeply indebted to Magnolia School as a formative environment. I learned, above all, social and life skills that tend to get lost in public schooling – more important than particular sets of information, Magnolia School taught me how to love new knowledge, where to seek it, and to never be afraid to pursue what interested or fit me most.”

“The smallness of the school gave me a sense of being a ‘family’ with everyone there, which meant learning to share or interact with the other children as if they were my siblings, and to love and respect the teachers as if they were my parents.”


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