Educational Institutions

Clark School for Creative Learning Inc

  • Rowley, MA
  • www.clarkschool.com

Mission Statement

Clark School is dedicated to each student’s growth and lifelong learning. We strive to enlighten and strengthen each individual student. Our goal is to provide them with valuable educational tools, including deductive reasoning, good study habits, time management and ultimately healthy social development. We emphasize problem-solving skills to help students understand the root of a problem before searching for an answer.

Clark School offers a stimulating, multi-age learning environment for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Founded in 1978, the school is particularly appropriate for children who demonstrate high ability in intellectual, creative or leadership pursuits and who will respond to an environment that encourages them to develop their talents fully. The school emphasizes positive personal values, high achievement and meaningful participation in the community.

Main Programs

  1. Clark School Programs
  2. Clark High School
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

North Shore of MA, Greater Boston area, Southern NH, Merrimack Valley

ruling year

N/A

Head of School

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Jeffrey Clark

Director of Operations, Business Manager

Self-reported

Amy Clark

Keywords

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Rowley, North Shore, New England, Greater Boston

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EIN

04-2679411

 Number

8048367311

Physical Address

14 Forest Ridge Drive

Rowley, 01969

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Clark School has been and continues to be an innovator of educational ideas. Clark was the first independent, public or parochial school on the North Shore to use multi-age grouping for all children, and has done so continuously for more than 35 years. Clark is the only school on the North Shore to use acceleration throughout the grades to completely individualize the curriculum for every child. Clark is the
only school on the North Shore, and the first of only two in the state, to design its entire curriculum to the individual student.

Clark has traditionally used field trips to enhance the curriculum at every grade level. Clark has always offered a full-day Kindergarten. There is no cut-off date for Kindergarten entrance. Children enter when they are ready for the academic challenge of a full-day program, not according to their date of birth.

Clark has always been a leader in offering foreign language, history, science and many programs in the arts to children of all ages, beginning at Kindergarten, and has always offered computer use and instruction to all students. Clark welcomes parents into the classroom to volunteer, teach mini courses, participate in school activities and travel with students on field trips.

 Clark deliberately stays small to provide a personal educational environment for children and their families. Class size does not exceed 15. Clark’s focus is the whole child. Growth is emphasized in all areas: academic, artistic, physical, social and emotional. We help each child see his or her special talents, gifts and strengths as well as help grow the areas that need improvement.

Clark School offers a strong academic curriculum tailored to each student’s individual strengths. We mix skill-based classes in the mornings with peer-based classes in the afternoons to provide students with the best possible educational plan. In addition, we incorporate a Learning Center staffed with full-time teachers who provide one-on-one support for students at all levels of academic and social need.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Clark School Programs

Our programs offerings: 
Clark School Difference

Clark School students follow a strong academic curriculum that emphasizes each student’s individual strengths. Small classes allow for personal attention to each
child’s needs, and students are encouraged to excel at their own pace in most subject areas. Students also have many opportunities to develop awareness and appreciation of the arts and to find satisfaction in self-expression and creative endeavors.

Clark’s Lower School (K-8) and High School (9-12) uses an individualized curriculum that
combines skill-based and peer-based learning. For example, a child who works above grade level in math takes math class with other students at the same academic level, not necessarily students who are in the child’s peer group. Reading and writing classes are skill-based. Afternoon classes in
science, geography, language, history, art, theater workshop, music and elective studies (Greek mythology, picture-book making, Legos, PowerPoint, typing skills, yearbook production, etc.) are more peer-based.

Students are placed in groups that span at least two traditional grades and also provide
some overlap. Group A encompasses kindergarten through second grade. C-Groups consist of third, fourth, fifth, and sixth
grades, broken up into three, two-year age spans. D-Group is seventh and eighth grades. High School 1 is ninth and tenth and High School 2 is eleventh and twelfth. The overall objective is to create an individualized program that brings out what is exceptional in each child while developing an innate love of learning.

Category

Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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None

Budget

$1,800,000.00

Program 2

Clark High School

Where Students Evolve Into Competent and
Confident Young Adults

Clark High School aims to provide a springboard to lifelong learning. We foster individual growth and self-awareness in a
nurturing and stimulating environment and conviction in one’s strengths and abilities. Clark High School helps each student become aware of his or her individual learning style and provide the tools needed to excel in an array of endeavors.

Our Community

Clark High School is a private, independent school that serves families from towns and cities all over Boston’s North Shore, the Merrimack Valley, and beyond. Clark is located on a five acre tract of land in a residential and farming area of Danvers, Massachusetts, 25 miles north of Boston, and easily accessible
by Routes 1 and 128 and Interstate 95. The open spaces and scenic area in this formerly agricultural region offer an idyllic setting for a learning environment.

Clark – High School and Lower School

Clark High School offers a stimulating multi-age learning environment for students in 9th
particularly appropriate for students who demonstrate high ability in intellectual, creative or leadership pursuits and who will respond to an environment that encourages them to develop their talents fully. Clark emphasizes positive personal values, high achievement and meaningful participation in the community.

Category

Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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None

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Clark School challenges students to develop their full academic and social potential. We value diversity and foster every student’s success within a safe environment. Different student styles, different teacher approaches. Differentiated instruction is what sets our school apart from other schools. At Clark we can determine quickly the kind of learner each student will be and adjust the curriculum accordingly. Our curriculum nurtures a student's ability to think critically, intellectually question theories and principles, and find meaningful connections between what is being studies in the classroom and the world around them. A student at Clark must embrace who he or she is as a learner and be motivated to grow as an individual. Students are free from imposed social constraints, which in turn allows them to become who they are meant to be.

    It’s not just about academics.
    Students at Clark learn about what they are good at academically. Being well-rounded means trying new things, meeting new people and discovering what is possible. Below is a sample of what Clark has to offer, and we are always open to bringing new programs to the school that may be of particular interest to the students. Clark invites students to discover who they are while they pursue academic excellence.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

North Shore of MA, Greater Boston area, Southern NH, Merrimack Valley

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Financials

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THE CLARK SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE LEARNING INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Clark School for Creative Learning Inc

Leadership

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Head of School

Jeffrey Clark

Director of Operations, Business Manager

Amy Clark

BIO

Jeffrey Clark has worked at Clark School for over 15 years, serving as headmaster since 2005. He was also one of the first students at Clark School during the school’s inception year in 1979 and is a graduate of the school. Jeff studied in the BFA acting program at Salem State University before attending the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA. Jeff returned to Clark School to teach Shakespeare and drama before assuming the title of Dean of Students and then stepping into the role of headmaster.
Under Jeff’s leadership, Clark School has embraced the educational opportunities presented by new technology. Jeff has also drawn upon his own experiences and challenges as a dyslexic student in developing the Clark School’s policies on educational equality.
In addition to his duties as headmaster, Jeff also sits on the advisory board to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University, where he is leading initiatives by the College to develop improvements to the services it provides to students with spectrum-based learning disabilities.

STATEMENT FROM THE Head of School

"Every organization considers itself unique. Clark school has been around since 1979 and was established to provide a safe haven for students who didn't quite fit into the public school model. In 1979 as well as the early 80’s Clark School offered an opportunity for midyear transition, a concept that was not well received at that time. Since then Clark School has maintained the drive and the desire to be educationally out in front. As a multi-aged environment Clark School provides the opportunity for students to learn at their own ability level. Taking classes scheduled at the same time throughout a student has the ability to leave for example a math class at their own grade to either bounce forward to a higher level or drop down to a lower level based upon their academic abilities. This means that the students who might be held back in a different school can still maintain their grade level without being held back or can still feel excited about education and not become bored in a class.

Clark School has maintained an innovative philosophy when it comes to technology from the start. Back in the 80s Clark School posted homework on its bulletin board system and made sure it was informing parents of academic and/or homework requirements up to the day. Today, Clark School looks at the integration of iPads in education and take into consideration limitations of learning disabilities and overall executive functioning challenges for example when selecting a new app to be integrated into the classroom. We follow a strict protocol of 3 to 4 clicks maximum to complete any given procedure. Students cannot be successful if they feel overwhelmed by the challenges of new technologies. New technologies should be an easy integration."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jeff Clark

Clark School

Term: 2005 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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