Welcome to Clark’s wonderful Lower School, the home of inspiring teachers and creative and inquisitive students who love to learn.
We offer exciting opportunities for students through our outstanding academics and strong offerings in the arts, physical education, and character development. At every grade level, we focus on meeting each student’s academic and developmental needs, fostering motivated and independent students who love learning. Come visit our nurturing classrooms where learning and friendships blossom!
Laurie, Elementary School Dean
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.
Our curriculum nurtures a student’s ability to think critically, intellectually question theories and principles, and find meaningful connections between what is studied in the classroom and the world around them.
Laurie, Middle School Dean
More for your Student @Clark
Every student at Clark (with the exception of A Group) is required to own a computing device and bring it to school each day to do classwork and work collaboratively with teachers and other students.
Many students use more than one type of device depending on the task they’re working on. We encourage high school students to find and use the tools that are right for them.
For Lower School students in Grades 3-8, we require all students to use an iPad 2 or newer.
High School students are granted more flexibility to choose the computing tools that work best for them. They may use any of the following:
The school supports the student with additional technology, including:
Clark students use Google Drive, an internet-accessible server that syncs documents from teachers to students and vice versa. So, as students work on a process paper, it is automatically saved in Drive, in real-time. Teachers can open the document, make suggestions—and just like that, a B becomes an A!
At Clark School your child is not a number—and our Future Planning Class is like no other. We get to know students well. We will help them embrace who they are and build their confidence so that they are able to make appropriate choices for themselves beyond high school.
We begin formal planning in the second semester of their junior year. They have a weekly class where we explore a variety of future planning options: gap years, colleges, trades, military and employment. Through a careful analysis of programs and data they begin to create a vision for their future.
Students work closely with faculty to determine and appropriate internship for fourth quarter their senior year. Students are expected to fulfill both academic and internship responsibilities in order to help them balance independence and expectations.
Baldwin Wallace College
Berklee College of Music
California Institute of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
College of the Atlantic
Conservatory of Music at the University of
Fitchburg State University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Franklin Pierce College
Johnson & Wales University
Keene State College
Maine College of Art
Massachuestts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts School of Pharmacology
Michigan State University
Montserrat College of Art
Mount Ida College
New England School of Photography
North Shore Community College
North Essex Community School
Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts
Pennsylvania State University
Pointe Park University
Salem State University
The Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
St. Anselm College
St. Joseph’s College of Maine
Seton Hall University
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern Vermont University
SUNY College at Purchase
University of Cincinnati
University of Maine—Farmington
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Michigan
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of Southern Maine
University of Southern New Hampshire
University of Southern Vermont
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The Clark School has personally affected my social and academic life in a thoroughly positive way. When I went to public school the large class sizes and lack of individual attention left me disengaged. However, when I went to the Clark School every day from whence I first shadowed to the day I graduated, my peers and teachers frequently sparked my interest. Courses in subjects that peaked my interest such as Latin and Philosophy were taught in a way that derailed from a standard curriculum in order to explore students' interests in depth. Those classes in particular have led me to both travel to Rome to study the Aeneid and declare a second major in Classics at the University of Vermont.
The two years I spent at Clark was when I found myself. The small family like environment allowed my to grow into the optimistic, outgoing individual I am today. The atmosphere of Clark is one of acceptance. I enjoyed going to school everyday because of the wonderful relationships I had made with my fellow students and teachers. The dedication of the teachers not only to their work but also their students made me work towards a better future. The small class sizes allow for the teachers to individualize and facilitate learning in such a way that made me want to succeed. The individuals at this school had hope for me when I did not and with their support I found confidence. This school promotes independence and prepares you for the future outside of Clark, wherever that may lead. I loved the time I spent at Clark. I am thankful I had the opportunity to attend this school because the love and support I received was what I needed to become the person I had always wanted to be.
We have two sons, DJ and John Plunkett, who graduated from Clark High School. Every parent wants what is best for their kids and Clark High School was the right school for both of our sons. We were concerned about the small size of the school and worried that the boys may have trouble transitioning from a small high school to a college or university. Nothing could have been further from the truth! Because of the small class size and student to teacher ratio, our sons became immersed in the Clark community and flourished as students both academically and socially. This wasn't the case when they attended larger schools in the past.
We noticed immediately a change in our sons when they began at Clark. We heard comments such as, "I love this school. We get a lot of work, but the teachers make learning fun." Another comment that will always stay in our mind is, "Everyone likes each other and gets along so well. No one cares if you are into sports, art, theater, whatever, everyone gets along and respects each others interests." My sons had an incredible high school experience at Clark and have made friendships with their peers and teachers that will last a lifetime.
DJ just graduated from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theater. John is finishing his freshman year at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly. They will both tell you that Clark High School prepared them very well for college.
Debbie and David Plunkett
Do yourself and your child a big favor…look into Clark School.
My child struggled, was sad and angry every day, we were on pins and needles daily.
Clark helped him to relax, have fun, be accepted, learn. He’s now in college and enjoying the classes and friends. Clark School prepared him well for college.
It was a long road to Clark School but once there, they helped pave a smooth path for my child’s continued education.
They aren’t fancy, but they are a real, caring, innovative and a tech savvy school with a staff and administration that allows growth and development in a safe environment and welcoming community.
The tone of the school is set by the administration and staff, there are rules and regulations but not rigidity. My son used to say that the his public school teachers had two faces, one for the students and one for the parents. At Clark you see just one face, and they are all aimed at helping you and your child succeed.
It’s a small school but it gives great big results….TLC goes a long way.
I hope to always be a part of Clark School because they will always be a part of me and my family.
Parent of 2013 graduate
"Transferring our son from a large high school to the intimate, supportive environment of Clark was the best thing for him. It changed his life. The small class size allows for customization of the student’s curriculum. The outstanding teachers took advantage of our son’s learning style and challenged him to achieve his potential. We feel very grateful for the Clark teachers’ influence in our son’s life.
When you drop your kid off at school each day, there is nothing more important than knowing he will be happy and well supported."
Peter Silverman -’14
Martha Frazier - ‘13
Debbie and David Plunkett
Carolyn and George