2019-2020 at Great River

Great River Learning is pleased to announce our offerings and tuition and registration rates for the 2019-2020 school year. We are now located in Mt. Healthy at Compton and Daly Roads and in Mt. Washington.

Spring Term 2019

Open again for Spring Term is our three-day/wk option as all other programs are full. This Tuesday-Thursday 11 week program allows your students to experience the Charlotte Mason Institute’s “Charlotte Mason’s Alveary” curriculum, curated by Great River Learning, with your $580.00 tuition. Monday and Friday lessons and occupations will be listed for you, and coaching on teaching at home is provided. Contact Lisa Cadora at lmc at greatriverlearning dot com to register.

Great River Fall 2018 Registration

Hello Charlotte Mason Families!

We are now registering students for our upcoming Fall Term which begins on September 10th. Here are our offerings:

PLAY-K — nonacademic Kindergarten for no more than ten 5 year olds and two teachers who supervise structured and unstructured indoor and outdoor play. $250/11 wk term

MONDAY-ONEDAY — up to four groups of students in Forms 1-3 (ages 6-12) with six-eight students per group enjoying Alveary subjects Nature Study, Literature, Handicraft, Singing, Dancing, Games, Picture Study, Composer Study, and Recitation. $250/11 wk term

GREAT RIVER SCHOOL — Mondays-Thursdays, Forms 1-3 (ages 6-12) with eight-ten students per group partaking in the Alveary “feast” of subjects that cover Reading, Writing, and Math, as well as the Monday-Oneday fare and Citizenship, Latin, Modern Language, and Grammar. $775/12 wk term, including Alveary membership per student and most books and supplies

Over the course of the term, parents are required to observe five lessons, complete assigned reading, and and attend five discussion sessions.

Alveary membership is optional for all enrolled families at a 20% discount at http://www.charlottemasoninstitute.org/alveary-membership/

Go to our Registration and Tuition page for registration directions.




Spring Term 2017-2018

Spring Term is underway at Great River!


A merry band of five-year-olds meets for “Play-K” on Mondays from 9:00am-1:00pm for outdoor and indoor play, stories, songs, games, nature walks, crafts, and lunch.



“Monday-Oneday” 6-10 year olds explore “The Riches” of a Charlotte Mason curriculum together: handicraft, composer and picture study, dancing, singing, nature study, and literature.


Mason’s Alveary students ages six-thirteen meet Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9a-1p for lessons that range from Shakespeare to Sloyd, Recitation to Right Start Mathematics, and Geography to Grammar.


Come pay us a visit at Faith Presbyterian Church, 6434 Corbly Road 45230 and consider signing up for the 2018-2019 school year!


Winter Term 2017-2018

Registration for Winter Term 2017-2018 begins November 7. Returning families register through the 14th, and remaining spots go to new families on a first-come, first-served basis.  Winter Term begins November 27. Consider joining us!

“Mason’s Alveary”

Required for our 3-Day “Great River School” program is membership in “Mason’s Alveary,” Charlotte Mason Institute’s online curriculum, offered to all Great River families at a reduced rate of 159.00/year. This curriculum is a 21st century version of the programs and schedules that Charlotte Mason set for her Parents’ Union Schools in the early 1900s. Great care has been taken in the creation of this material to maintain Mason’s choice of living books, short lessons, and a person-honoring regimen that alternates between  inspirational and disciplinary subjects.

In this program, students ages 6-9 and 10-12 rotate in small groups through Alveary lessons at Great River on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On Mondays and Fridays, students work at home under their parents’  supervision on materials from the Alveary.

The word “alveary” refers to “a repository of knowledge or information” according to the Oxford Dictionary. It comes from the Latin word for “beehive.” In Miss Mason’s day, the practicing school on the grounds of the teachers’ college she founded was referred to as “The Beehive” as it was housed a hexagonal-shaped building .

Buzz on over to https://charlottemasoninstitute.com/alveary to have a look at programs, forms, schedules, and a book list. To join the Alveary through Great River, contact Jenn Stec at
jennstec AT yahoo DOT com.

Winter Term 2016


“Paper Sloyd”

Will winter ever come this year? Winter Term has come to Great River whether the weather reflects the season or not beginning Monday, November 28th. Brrrr!  We break for Christmas holidays Thursday, December 15th, and return in the new year on Monday, January 9th. Last day of Winter Term is Thursday March 2nd.


“How to Climb a Tree”

Great River has openings in the  Monday “Play-K” (for 5-yr-olds) and in the Great River Mondays  program (for 6-13 yr olds). There are places for 6-13 yr olds as well in our Great River School Monday – Wednesday program (also for students ages 6-13). Contact lmc at greatriverlearning dot org for sign-up information.


“Dining Al Fresca”


“Lego Giotto”



Fall Term 2016 Openings

We have spaces open for our one-day Mondays and for our three-day Monday-Wednesday programs for students ages 6-11. Come and join us as we explore the new “Mason’s Alveary” curriculum ( see it here: http://www.charlottemasoninstitute.org)  premiering this year from the Charlotte Mason Institute! For details, contact Lisa at lmc at greariverlearning dot org.




We’re e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g !

In support of keeping learning on a human scale, Great River is spreading our offerings over four days instead of three for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

Instead of Wednesday being our only day for our one-day program, families will sign up for EITHER Mondays OR Thursdays next year, depending on whether they also have 5-yr-olds attending the Play-K on Mondays, or Upper School students (ages 12 and beyond) attending up to three classes on Thursdays.

Families who desire their children to attend our three-day program would then come for EITHER Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Stay tuned for more details in the make for next year!