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 giving praise. Children come up with their own creative solutions to challenges. They learn from their disappointments and develop flexibility, balance, and self-reliance.
  • Academic excellence. Starting with hands-on tools, students move through classroom materials at their own pace in a carefully prepared Montessori environment. Curiosity fuels their work; teachers remain in the background to guide and inspire.

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 11-19-15 All Things Stone Soup! – Our annual stone soup celebration is next Wednesday, November 25th.  Students will cut vegetables in the classrooms on Tuesday, November 24th, to be used ...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015, 1:54 PM by Cynthia Friedman
  • Holiday Tree Work Party this Sunday! -  Come on out to Akal Ranch in Pleasant Hill this Sunday, November 22, from 11am - 3pm to prepare the grounds for Ridgeline's Fourth Annual Holiday Tree sale.  We will ...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015, 1:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman
  • Volunteer Veggie Slicing Help Needed - Sharon, Mary, Eric and Clint are all looking for volunteers to help students slice vegetables for Stone Soup. Volunteers are needed Tuesday, November 24th at various times. Contact Cynthia ...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015, 1:31 PM by Cynthia Friedman
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