What's Ridgeline all about?

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

  • Cooperation. Noncompetitive, child-centered classrooms with mixed ages help develop respect and empathy. Community building and conflict resolution are woven into the school day. Adults and students model grace and courtesy to build trust and communication. Students value diverse perspectives.
  • Resilience. Confidence comes from real accomplishments. Teachers help students focus on the satisfaction of work, rather than praise. Children find 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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