1999 – Ambleside Schools International was founded in Fredericksburg, TX, by Maryellen St. Cyr to develop the Ambleside Method of education, based on Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy.
2005– Ambleside Ocala is incorporated and organized as a 501c(3) non-profit educational institution after research in education for their own children leads Ken and Shari Ausley to visit Ambleside School of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, Texas. There they discover a practice of education that is inspiring, lively, sane, beautiful, peaceful, challenging, with a stunningly simple yet life-changing methodology.
2006-On the campus of First United Methodist Church in Ocala, Ambleside School opens its doors in August with just 8 students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
2007-Year two of instruction begins with 14 students in three classrooms.
2008-Ambleside moves to a larger facility on the campus of Fort King Presbyterian Church and opens in the fall with 20 students in three classes.
2009-A permanent home is found on the campus at Grace Episcopal Church. The school doubles in size, opening with 41 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade occupying four classrooms.
2012-Enrollment climbs to over 75 students enrolled from Kindergarten-9th grade.
2013-Enrollment climbs to over 90 students enrolled from Kindergarten-8th grade.
2013-Ambleside receives dual accreditation through Accreditation International and the NCPSA (National Council for Private School Accreditation).
2015-Ambleside Ocala brings The Arrowsmith Program to help students with learning differences.
2016-Enrollment climbs to over 120 students enrolled from Kindergarten-8th grade.
2018-Ambleside High School launches on the main campus.
2019-Ambleside awarded regional accreditation through MSA-CESS (Middle States Association Commission for on Elementary and Secondary Schools).
2020-Our school campus grows. High School moves onto their own campus and K-2 moves into The Lively House.
2022-Our first class of seniors graduates and completely renovated historical building for Ambleside High School.
“What you would have the man become, that you must train the child to be.” – Charlotte Mason