Charlotte Mason Community School
Where Children Love To Learn

Vision

For all Charlotte Mason Community School students to grow in love of learning that extends beyond the classroom, for their good and the good of their communities.

Mission

To provide a Christian liberal arts education that fosters the development of great minds and wide interests while nurturing each child's relationship to God and the world He created.

About Us

Charlotte Mason Community School (CMCS) is a K-8 Christian school in the urban core of Detroit. CMCS offers a liberal arts education based on the philosophy and methods of Charlotte Mason, which fosters the development of great minds and wide interests while nurturing each child’s relationship to God and the world He created. Our vision is for all students to grow in a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom, for their good and the good of their communities.

Following Charlotte Mason’s educational principles, CMCS gives particular attention to helping students:

  • Develop self-discipline
  • Increase their understanding and appreciation of the world
  • Think independently, discern ideas, ask questions, and draw intelligent conclusions
  • Identify and mature in their God-given gifts and abilities
  • Grow in their relationship to God – Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of this world
  • Mature in moral character and compassion for others
Our Philosophy

Charlotte Mason believed that education is a science of relationships: relationships to God, to man (including ourselves) and to the world. It has been demonstrated through other research that the characteristics of learning readiness are developed rather than taught, and only through numerous concrete interactions with the world can young children prepare to benefit from formal instruction later (Elkind 1987). Consistent with this belief, the curriculum offered at CMCS encourages children to develop relationships with the world around them through numerous hands­on experiences. Ms. Mason’s methods call for using great literature as a means of putting children in touch with great minds and fine and performing arts to cultivate creativity and an appreciation for the diversity of artistic contribution in the world. Outdoor play and nature study are part of the curriculum, both of which have been proven to enhance educational success. Paramount to Ms. Mason’s philosophy of education is her firm belief that all education is self­education; that children must be active learners. She believed, and her research and experience confirmed, that children are not vessels that teachers are to fill with knowledge, but rather persons with the capabilities necessary to acquire all appropriate knowledge for themselves by feasting on ideas. It is the teacher’s job to set before them a wide and rich curriculum, to provide informing ideas, and to help them develop the mental, moral and physical habits necessary to work with that knowledge. She believed that educators needed to view each child as a person with unique gifts and abilities from God. These gifts are best cultivated through a broad yet challenging curriculum.

Mission, VIsion & Goals

Vision

For all Charlotte Mason Community School students to grow in a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom, for their good and the good of their communities.

Mission

To provide a Christian liberal arts education that fosters the development of great minds and wide interests while nurturing each child’s relationship to God and the world He created.

Goals

To foster the development of great minds, we encourage children to:

  • Think independently:
    • Discern ideas
    • Ask questions
    • Draw conclusions
  • Value “living books” – well-written books on any subject that inspire ideas and interest in the reader.

To foster the development of wide interests, we:

  • Provide a broad curriculum which, in addition to standard academic studies, includes:
    • Nature study
    • Outdoor activities
    • Physical fitness
    • Art
    • Music
    • Handwork
    • Spanish
  • Provide a rich learning environment
  • Encourage interest in the world and its people
  • Encourage development of individual gifts and abilities
  • Encourage a lifelong quest for knowledge

To nurture the development of each child’s relationship to God and to instill strong moral character, a strong will and an educated conscience, we:

  • Acknowledge God as creator, sustainer, redeemer, and source of knowledge
  • Expose them to:
    • The Word of God
    • Biblical teaching
    • Great Christian writers
    • Our own attempts to live in relationship with God

To nurture each child’s relationship to the world, we will:

  • Value the many ethnic and racial heritages given us by God
  • Value parents as ultimately entrusted with the education of their children
  • Value parents as important to the life of the school
  • Encourage concern and compassion for others
  • Encourage habits of attention, thoroughness and neatness

Enrollment

If you are interested in having your student join our community, please use the application form below. Instructions for completing and submitting the application are included. If you have any questions about the enrollment process, please do not hesitate to call our office at (313) 338-3481. Please review the FACTS registration steps for the FACTS Financial Aid Assessment Program. To register for the FACTS Financial Aid Assessment and the FACTS Tuition Program, see the links below.

Parents

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Calendar

August 28, 2017
  • All Parent (and Staff) MeetingAugust 28, 2017 @ 11:00 pm - 12:00 am

Our Team

Ann Pattie
Principal
Ann Pattie graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She has been involved in education in Detroit for the past sixteen years as an elementary school teacher, the director of a community-based literacy clinic, and a board member of the Charlotte Mason Association of Detroit. She resides on the Eastside of Detroit with her husband and six children---four of which attend Charlotte Mason Community School. Ann is currently working on a Master of Education degree at Calvin College and is an active member of Mack Avenue Community Church. She enjoys sports and is a fan of the Lions, Tigers, Wolverines, and any team her kids play on.
James Worden
Admin. Assistant
James Worden graduated in 1996 from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in English Literature. He is a russophile and lived in Moscow, Russia for 2 years at the twilight of the 20th century. Having traveled extensively, he has developed a passion for cycling. In his spare time, he enjoys operating a community bike repair shop with a couple of his neighbors on the Eastside of Detroit.
Jeri Ann Batten
Middle School
Jeri Ann Batten graduated in 2006 from Wayne State University with a degree in Elementary Education with science certification. After initially volunteering at CMCS, she joined the staff in January 2007 teaching the middle school grades. She teaches science to students from 4th to 8th grade. She enjoys nature, reading a good book, and spending time with family and friends.
Nathan Van Noord
Middle School
Nathan Van Noord grew up in Southfield, MI in a loving and Christian home. He attended Southfield Christian School and after graduating from Calvin College, he taught English as a Second Language in Seoul, South Korea for a year. He since has travel extensively through Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. For the last ten years, Nate has lived in an intentional Christian community in the New Center area of Detroit. He is finishing his Master of Arts in Teaching at Wayne State and enjoys playing sports and sharing a good meal with friends and family.
Therese Racklyeft
Middle School
Therese Racklyeft attended Detroit Bible College in the middle 70s, and transferred to Wayne State University, receiving her BS in Education in 1980. She taught in Catholic and Lutheran schools, and while raising her children, discovered the writings of Charlotte Mason. She, Evelyn Hoey, and Bonnie Schow were among the founders of Charlotte Mason Community School, where she acts as Assistant Principal, develops curriculum, and teaches Literature, Math, and History to various grade levels. Her interests include reading, writing, crosswords, classic films, hiking and traveling.
Katie Glandon
Elementary
Katie Glandon graduated from Miami University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Art Education. She has partially completed a master's degree in Elementary Education at Wayne State University. She has been an elementary teacher and art teacher at CMCS for the past 5 years. She enjoys reading and painting. Katie is involved in the central Detroit neighborhood where she and her husband John live, and they are active members of Restore Church.
Liane Jackson
Elementary
Originally from Georgia, Liane Jackson graduated from Auburn University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education. She then taught 1st grade in Colorado for eight years, where she pioneered Charlotte Mason’s philosophy at her classical school – refining curriculum, promoting narration, and teaching Composer, Picture, and Nature study to her precious students. She also helped to start a new teacher mentoring program where she trained and guided teachers toward effective practice and reflection. Subsequently, Liane taught 2nd grade at a classical school in Kansas City for two years, and most recently 4th grade at a classical school in Orlando, Florida for two years. Liane and her husband Matt live in Royal Oak and attend New City Church. For fun, Liane loves writing, exercising, and sharing good food and good conversations with friends, old and new.
Bonnie Schow
Elementary
Bonnie Schow received a B.S. degree in elementary and special education from Eastern Illinois University in 1980. Her teaching experience includes four years of special education, twelve years as a preschool teacher, and 11 years at Charlotte Mason Community School teaching the early elementary grades. She loves handcrafts and nature, and shares these interests with the students in afternoon classes. Bonnie is a Detroit resident who is actively involved in her community and church.
Sarah Berger
Kindergarten
Sarah Berger grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. She majored in psychology and violin performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She completed Teach For America, teaching for two years in public schools in Detroit. Outside of school, she is an active member of Mack Avenue Community Church, and she plays violin in the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Sam, and their dog, Donut.
Ninoska Rice
Spanish
Ninoska Rice graduated in 2011 from The University of Michigan-Dearborn with a double major in Sociology and Urban and Regional Studies. She has been the recess coordinator, a teacher's aid and Spanish teacher at CMCS, for the past 3 1/2 years. Ninoska lives in Southwest Detroit. She enjoys being newly married to her husband Ricky, playing music, making art, and working towards justice for the poor and needy.
Anna Tomkowiak
Spanish
One of Charlotte Mason’s newest teachers, Anna Tomkowiak grew up in Oak Park, MI. Raised in a loving Christian household of nine children, Anna has always had a passion for youth and education. She recently graduated with a Spanish degree from Wayne State University. Following her college studies, Anna experienced a life-changing missions trip in Ecuador. As a result, she hopes to instill a great love for culture and outreach in her Spanish students. While currently working on a Masters in Teaching at Wayne State, Anna enjoys training for marathons, knitting and baking desserts in her free time.
Suai Kee
Music
Suai Kee is a lover of the performing arts with many years of private music instruction and performance experience. Her training led to a recording contract with Universal Motown Records Group in 2005. After publishing her music and touring, she returned home to Detroit in 2010 and began teaching private piano and vocal lessons at Grosse Pointe Music Academy. In 2012 she opened The 88 Kees School of Music to provide affordable private and small group instruction to children ages 5-16. Suai is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Film at Wayne State University. She loves vegan cuisine, cycling around Detroit, yoga and teaching.

Join Our Team


Part-Time Teacher

Charlotte Mason Community School (CMCS) is a K-8 Christian school in the urban core of Detroit. CMCS offers a liberal arts education based on the philosophy and methods of Charlotte Mason, which fosters the development of great minds and wide interests while nurturing each child’s relationship to God and the world He created. Our vision is for all students to grow in a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom, for their good and the good of their communities.

Qualifications

CMCS is looking for teachers who are professing Christians; active in a faith community; exhibit evidence of faith; agree with the CMCS Statement of Faith; and have genuine respect for the poor and for people of different race, faith, and social conditions than themselves. In addition, applicants must be enthusiastic about learning the CM philosophy and methods of education and have a real interest in using them in the classroom. This position requires that applicants have an Elementary Education degree and teacher certification or be working toward certification.

Description

Many distinctive elements of a CM education require a teacher to engage in special study and practice. Therefore, certified teachers wishing to join the CMCS staff must study the CM philosophy with the principal and develop lessons under the guidance and supervision of the head teacher. CMCS is an encouraging and supportive teaching and learning community and offers teachers an opportunity to be at the forefront of educational change.

In the summer months, the teacher would study the Charlotte Mason philosophy, read, meet with the school administrator for discussion, and meet with the head teacher for study and preparation for classes. This would involve regular communication via email or phone and periodic meetings in person.

Part-time classroom teachers are responsible for teaching one or more liberal arts subjects to multiple grades in the afternoons. The part-time hours are from 12:30-3:00, two to five days per week depending on the teacher’s availability, the subject, and the school’s schedule. Part-time teachers are also responsible for: monitoring students during lunch and recess on a rotating basis, attending teachers’ meetings and school recitals, writing student evaluations, and facilitating parent teacher conferences.

Application Instructions

Please send resume and cover letter to CMCS Principal, Ann Pattie, at ann.pattie@charlottemasoncs.org.

Full-Time Teacher

Charlotte Mason Community School (CMCS) is a K-8 Christian school in the urban core of Detroit. CMCS offers a liberal arts education based on the philosophy and methods of Charlotte Mason, which fosters the development of great minds and wide interests while nurturing each child’s relationship to God and the world He created. Our vision is for all students to grow in a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom, for their good and the good of their communities.

Qualifications

CMCS is looking for teachers who are professing Christians; active in a faith community; exhibit evidence of faith; agree with the CMCS Statement of Faith; and have genuine respect for the poor and for people of different race, faith, and social conditions than themselves. In addition, applicants must be enthusiastic about learning the CM philosophy and methods of education and have a real interest in using them in the classroom. This position requires that applicants have an Elementary Education degree and teacher certification or be working toward certification.

Description

Many distinctive elements of a CM education require a teacher to engage in special study and practice. Therefore, certified teachers wishing to join the CMCS staff must study the CM philosophy with the principal and develop lessons under the guidance and supervision of the head teacher. CMCS is an encouraging and supportive teaching and learning community and offers teachers an opportunity to be at the forefront of educational change.

In the summer months, the teacher would study the Charlotte Mason philosophy, read, meet with the school administrator for discussion, and meet with the head teacher for study and preparation for classes. This would involve regular communication via email or phone and periodic meetings in person.

Full-time classroom teachers are responsible for teaching all core academic classes to their homeroom and one or more liberal arts subjects to multiple grades in the afternoon. Additional job requirements include: planning field trips, monitoring students during lunch and recess on a rotating basis, attending teachers’ meetings and school recitals, writing narrative student evaluations, and facilitating parent teacher conferences. All full-time teachers have two afternoons off per week for planning or personal purposes.

Application Instructions

Please send resume and cover letter to CMCS Principal, Ann Pattie, at ann.pattie@charlottemasoncs.org.