Ambleside School of Fredericksburg exists to provide parents and students an alternative to the usual "work sheet" driven and test focused systems of education. Based upon the philosophy and practice of British educator, Charlotte Mason, Ambleside offers both a rigorous curriculum to cultivate the mind and a highly relational teaching method to nurture the heart. Children read and discuss some of the best books by the best authors. They explore the sciences, learn from great artists and great composers, delight in history, master mathematics, become acquainted with nature, memorize poetry, prayerfully explore Scripture, and participate in Shakespeare's plays. Interested persons should visit Ambleside to see the difference.