Why choose Macomber Center?
Macomber Center provides excellent opportunities to socialize with kids of all ages. Our campus is located on 114 acres of playing fields and wooded areas, and borders the Ashland Town Forest, allowing for endless outdoor activities and exploration. Indoors we provide our members with the resources to pursue their interests and passions in a wide variety of subjects, including academics, music, and performing arts.
When is Macomber Center open?
The Center is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Our year begins in early September, and ends in early June. We have a two-week break in December, and one week each in February and April. More details can be found on our Calendar page.
How do I join Macomber Center?
Macomber Center offers four levels of membership: 5 days per week, 4 days per week, 3 days per week and 2 days per week. Everyone wanting to join the Center needs to complete a visit week, which for people choosing a part time option may be completed over a two week period. We offer pro-rated fees beginning November 1 of the year. Details about fees can be found on our Membership page.
How can I visit Macomber Center?
We hold Open Houses throughout the year during which you may visit the Center, meet some of the members and the staff, and check out our gorgeous surroundings! Please check our Calendar page for dates of upcoming Open Houses.
Does Macomber Center have any requirements?
We require that each member be responsible for him- or her-self; be able to abide by our rules, primarily dealing with personal and communal safety; be willing to participate in our community as a productive member to the best of her or his ability; and we require that all members treat one other with fairness and respect.
Is Macomber Center a school?
No, the Center is a place of resources for families who wish to pursue an educational path different from that of traditional public or private schools. We make available all the resources children need to direct their own education. Each member must be registered as a homeschooler in the town where they live.
Does Macomber Center offer classes?
Macomber Center has no curriculum and offers no academic evaluation. How members choose to spend their time at the Center is entirely up to them. They not only decide what to learn, but when and how to learn it. If a member wants an adult’s help exploring an area of interest, scheduled meetings (either one-on-one or in small groups) can be arranged. But providing a class is just one of the ways that an adult might offer to help. Furthermore, when classes occur they vary widely depending on what makes sense for a given subject and often the role of the adult is not so much to “teach” but rather to help the kids plot a course and help keep things moving in a productive direction.
What are the ages of the kids at the Center?
Our members range in age from 5 years old to 18 years old. We are an age-mixed community, and all of our members interact freely with one another. We strive to maintain an even distribution with respect to age and gender.
What if I don’t see the answer to my question here?
Please contact us by email (contact form) or by phone (508 202-9488) and we will be happy to talk with you!