Reasons to Send Your Child to Boarding School

middle school students picking grapes

When parents decide to send their child to boarding school, many of them cite the following usual reasons: smaller class sizes, more extracurricular activities and trips, improved life skills, better teachers, and better preparation for college. These are all great reasons, but there are also so many more! Boarding school isn’t just about placing your […]

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Introducing Our New Logo!

AMS logo

Change can sometimes be a scary thing. Even if we acknowledge the change to be positive, we still worry about losing things that are precious to us. Throughout my time at Arthur Morgan School, I have experienced many staff and all school meetings about change. In my first year, we had a long meeting about […]

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Letter from the Clerk – Fall 2018

a summer garden

For both students and educators, summer is a time for adventure, relaxation, and rejuvenating the spirit. I like to spend mine seeing family and exploring these woods. While there, I remember that we operate much like the forest surrounding us; relying on an annual cycle to spur growth.  In going our separate ways for a […]

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The Arete Project – Nunnian Education at Work

woman using a hammer

It is summer at Arthur Morgan School. Our students have left, and the campus is quiet. We miss their excited voices and constant energy. For years staff used the summer months as a time to tend to the school’s garden or make necessary repairs, but since 2015, AMS has put its campus to a more […]

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A Middle School Model that Works

middle schoolers sitting on a couch

Even though Arthur Morgan School ends with ninth grade, the impact of those precious preceding years at AMS stays with alumni and their families for years to come. Many of our students make life-long friendships with their AMS peers.  They remember the lessons they took while in the garden or wood shop. Mostly they remember […]

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How to Start a Mentoring Program at School

middle schoolers making emotional faces

Arthur Morgan School is in its final week of the year.  Students and staff are busy getting ready for graduation by cleaning, mowing, and weeding the campus. It is a time of celebration and excitement with lots of end of the year activities: a Tourists baseball game, tubing down the river, a mock prom.  Our […]

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What a Middle School Classroom Should Look Like

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Teachers and students understand the importance of well laid out classroom.  The right environment will inspire creativity and a good work ethic.  It will help students feel ready to learn and a sense of ownership over their studies.  According to, there is a direct correlation between student behavior and the classroom set up. Students […]

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Why is Shop Class Important?

middle school student dissecting motor in shop class

Ruth and Rey were never that interested in auto mechanics.  Throughout their time at Arthur Morgan School, they focused on taking different classes. Having an artistic eye, Ruth leaned toward print making, pottery, or paper making. In these course she learned important scientific concepts while also expressing herself. Rey, on the other hand, had interests […]

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Teaching Blacksmithing to Middle Schoolers

middle schooler using a forge

When most people think about middle schoolers, the idea of putting them in a room with burning hot metal might seem crazy. Naturally clumsy and apt to distraction, these young adolescents don’t make the primary candidates for learning blacksmithing, a craft in which safety is a must.  However teaching blacksmithing to middle schoolers can be […]

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Why is Student Led Activism Important to Middle Schoolers?

middle schoolers and teacher smiling at march

If the March for Our Lives rally demonstrates anything, it’s that adolescents are eager to get involved. With estimates of over 200,000 attendees in D.C. alone and countless other demonstrations across the country, it’s apparent that teenagers are excited to voice their concerns about world events. Montessori describe 12-15 year olds as “…naturally drawn to causes […]

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