Mountain Pathways School (MPMS), a Montessori school, was founded in 1987 by a group of parents and educators who wanted for our region's children an opportunity for interdisciplinary education that met the needs of the whole child. They sought to develop an educational atmosphere that would foster self-reliant, self-disciplined children who would grow to adulthood with a life-long love of learning, and the ability and desire to positively contribute to society. Mountain Pathways adopted the Montessori philosophy and curriculum in 1992. The values and concepts of the Montessori method were a perfect fit as a vehicle to carry through the ideals imagined by the original founders. Since adoption of the Montessori curriculum, MPMS has continued to expand its enrollment and facilities, and mature in its educational philosophy and mission. Education at MPMS is seen as a cooperative venture where individual freedom is balanced with recognition of the rights of others. The community of learners includes students, families, teachers and friends interested in the children's learning. We begin by focusing on the whole child. This involves fostering the social, emotional, physical, spiritual and aesthetic growth of the child, along with the development of intellectual skills and knowledge. The child's personal learning style and rate of learning are met with instructional strategies and a prepared environment that are suited to his or her developmental needs. We value creativity and self-expression. The school currently has seventy-seven students, and a strong staff of eleven. All lead teachers are Montessori trained and certified. If you like what you have read, we invite you to schedule a time to observe our classrooms.