Why Choose Cluny?
Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey, the Foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, once described her missionary work in Guyana in the 1830’s: “I was placed as a mother in the middle of a large family.” This feeling of being part of a large family is still palpable today in the Cluny School founded by her congregation in 1957.
What accounts for this sense of family at Cluny? One could point to the small class sizes in which students receive individualized attention that allows them to achieve their academic best. One could note the many ways childhood is respected and honored such as offering two recesses at a time when parents in many schools are grateful for even one. One could note the beautiful campus set on the former Arthur Curtis James estate that feels more like a country village than an institution. One could also point to some of Cluny’s traditions, also cherished by local residents, especially the Cluny Country Fair in September and our Living Nativity in December.
Ultimately, though, this sense of family is fostered by the people who make up our community: the Sisters who hold the mission of Cluny School, emulating their Foundress in recognizing the eminent dignity of every human being; the dedicated faculty who, with gentleness and patience, seek to educate not only the mind but also the heart; the parents whose devotion to the School is made manifest by the time and energy that they regularly donate to it; and the alumni who continue to hold Cluny in their affections and regularly prove to us the saying repeated by the Sisters over the years: “Once a Cluny always a Cluny.”
Most of all, the sense of family comes from the children themselves. They enthusiastically enter the school each morning ready to share news or smiles with people who greet them by name. Like a family, they form bonds with older and younger children, in part because of the buddy class program which pairs younger children with buddies in an older class, but also because, at Cluny, children feel relaxed, comfortable and safe and are encouraged to treat others with care and respect. Thus, it is common, at recess, to see older children pushing younger ones on the swings. In short, like a family, Cluny is a place where children grow by learning to take responsibility for each other.
Why Cluny? Because, at Cluny, children experience a sense of belonging that gives them the confidence to do their best. At Cluny, we seek to educate the mind and the heart and to develop the whole person in all its capacities. We invite you to become a part of the Cluny family.