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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 is built upon:

  • Place as a prepared environment for learning and exploration

  • Connections to nature through stewardship

  • Structures for inquiry and design

  • Challenging intellectual and physical activities

  • Adult-like opportunities; economic endeavors

  • Negotiating relationships, responsibilities, shared space and time

  • Recognition by school community for authentic contributions and decisions

  • A connection to the greater community through real work and service