Katie Spritle

To her Solimar Academy teacher: You have made it possible for me to learn and enjoy me, and my studies. I got to spend my time (high school) loving to learn instead of dreading an essay to write or worrying what my SAT scores were like. It is still a shock to me that I am going to Brooks and studying film. Wherever I go from here, I will always thank you and remember you were the person that made it possible for my dreams to become a reality. (June 2014)

— Kristen Spittle, Solimar graduate

Written to their daughter’s Solimar teacher: We can’t thank you enough. You are and always will be one of the most important people in Kristen’s life. (June 2014)

— Joe & Lynne Spittle, parents of Solimar graduate

I cannot thank you enough for the unexpected positive consequences we experienced as a result of the Solimar educational process: self-direction, confidence, and most importantly, our child has internalized a template of mutual trust and respect in the child-adult relationship. (June 2014)

— Marilyn Tauscher, parent of Solimar senior

This program creates individuals instead of robots. That was important to me – that you knew what was important to me, and I knew that you knew!

— Rowbie Orsatti, SAG member, graduate
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Thank you so much for everything that you’ve done for me in the past…You might be pleased to know I am actually going to Hong Kong for a 6-month study abroad at CUHK! I couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for everything…

— Devin Sixt, graduate

A friend of mine said to me, ‘Allie is one of the happiest girls I’ve ever met. What are you doing?’ Allie jumped in and said, ‘I’m homeschooled.’

— Amy Orsatti, SAG member, mother of 9th grader and a graduate
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Mariaemma is a brilliant educator. She saved my kids’ hearts and spirits and gave them self-trust and learning through their own styles! They are flourishing now as they move into adulthood.

— Connie Baxter Marlow, mother of two graduates

You are truly the best. You will be happy to hear that Devin is thriving in college and is in love with learning. Great grades and amazing well-written papers and praise from his professors are just a mere by-product. Thank you for showing us the way!!! Keep up the good work – you are making a difference.

— Kasey Sixt, mother of graduate

Carly has a new attitude – she’s more passionate and sincere. It’s been a healing year – she’s regained her love of learning, and she has made lots of progress. The process of student led homeschooling and resulting transformation has given our family enormous hope and belief in a more humane and optimistic way to parent. Thank you.

— Marilyn Tauscher, mother of 11th grader