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[Work] on the land is an introduction both to nature and to civilization and gives a limitless field for scientific and historic studies .... [There] is an opportunity to learn both academically and through actual experiences what are the elements of social life.

                                                                                                               -- Maria Montessori

Our program of study is built upon the concepts of

  • Place as prepared environment for learning and exploration

  • Connection to nature through stewardship

  • Structures for inquiry and design

  • Challenging intellectual and physical activities

  • Adult-like opportunities and challenges; economic endeavors

  • Negotiating relationships, responsibilities, shared space, shared duties, shared time

  • Membership and recognition by school community for authentic contributions and decisions

  • A connection to a larger off-site community, to experience real work and service