What's Ridgeline all about?

  • Self-direction. Students are free to explore what inspires them, to dabble in or master a topic, and to take advantage of their own unique learning styles. Children learn how to learn and are responsible for their education.

  • Cooperation. Noncompetitive, child-centered classrooms with mixed-age groupings help students develop respect and empathy. Community-building and conflict-resolution lessons are woven into the daily routine. Adults and students model grace and courtesy, building trust and communication. Students value diverse perspectives.
  • Resilience. Students enjoy the confidence that comes from real accomplishments. Teachers help students focus on the satisfaction of their work, rather than praise. Children find their own creative solutions to challenges. They learn from  disappointments and develop flexibility, balance, and self-reliance.
  • Academic excellence. Starting with hands-on tools, students move through materials at their own pace in a prepared Montessori environment. Curiosity fuels work; teachers remain in the background to guide.

What do our students think about school? 

"School is incredibly fun. You also get a sense of freedom."  —Devin, age 9

"I like that I don't have to sit at a desk all day. I can choose the materials I want to use. And I get to learn about atoms, biomes, and all kinds of science."  —Joel, age 7

"Our teachers here are really awesome. We learn how to be good people from them."  —Jacob, age 13

"Ridgeline is a place where you can learn at your own pace in a way that suits you best. Some people learn by writing it down, and some people learn by memorizing or singing." —Celeste, age 12

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  • eNews 5-18-17 Project Installation Volunteer Needed - Emily’s class is painting tiles with images of birds and plants to create a permanent, outdoor display of Ridgeline wildlife.  Our tile “field guide” will ...
    Posted May 24, 2017, 9:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman
  • Jog-a-thon is tomorrow! - The weather forecast looks great for tomorrow's Jog-a-thon!  Make sure students are ready for this exciting event: (1) Wear good running shoes and a Ridgeline t-shirt ...
    Posted May 24, 2017, 9:48 AM by Cynthia Friedman
  • Substitute Training –  Ridgeline currently has openings on its substitute list. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested in getting on our sub list, there will be a substitute training ...
    Posted May 24, 2017, 9:47 AM by Cynthia Friedman
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