The Daniel Academy –

A School for Sustainable Living & Learning -

A School for Life


Mary-Ann Shearer has 30 years of experience in teaching, sustainable living, hospitality, business and natural health. They have developed a school program that incorporates the Ambleside curriculum that prepares children for a changing world.


The Daniel Academy started in January 2015 and is founded on practical biblical principles and is affiliated to Ambleside Schools International.


Ambleside Schools International in Leesburg, VA USA has developed an exceptional academic curriculum, based on Charlotte Mason’s philosophy which is used by several schools all over the world, including four here in South Africa. Gordons Bay, Hout Bay, Lansdowne and Kensington (Gauteng).


The school teaches the students to be self-sufficient in food growing, food preparation and life skills, so that they can attain and maintain superb health when they venture into the real world.


The children will be learning how to grow and prepare healthy natural foods from pre-school level. They will also be responsible for cleaning their own space. We require that to aid their children’s growth, development and behaviour, that the family commits to a diet at home that is free of refined and processed foods especially refined and processed sugar.


Parents are stewards of their children's lives and should be providing a range of natural healthy foods at home. The diet provided at the Daniel Academy will be vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free. This will be to aid all children with allergies and intolerances.


We do not dictate what families eat in their homes, other than to encourage them to avoid refined and processed foods.


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