The visioning of our school began in January of 2012. A group of parents, community members and educators gathered together to discuss the potential of bringing a charter school to our region. A committed board formed and met weekly drafting the vision of the Mountain Village Charter School a public, nature-based, Montessori elementary school.
We submitted our Charter application to the State of New Hampshire in May of 2012. Shortly after we submitted the state stopped approving new charter schools until a new budget was approved. In June of 2013 the New Hampshire state legislature passed a new budget which allowed for new charter schools. We went in front of the Board of Education on July 18, 2013 and received state approval.
In November of 2013 The Mountain Village Charter School was awarded a $509,000 federal start up grant.
Mountain Village opened on August 20, 2014 with 38 1st-3rd graders. We had an amazing first day to our school which was documented by NHPR.
The first years…
Our facilities weren’t quite ready for the start of the school year, so we had school in the woods for two weeks. That is the spirit of Mountain Village, teaching grace and resilience in the outdoors. It was a fitting start for a Nature-Based Montessori school.
Soon after that Matt Thornton, Inaugural Head of School joined Mountain Village in the fall of 2014 to help us give birth to our new school. Since then our student enrollment has grown from 38 students to over 70 over the last two years, we added an Upper Elementary program (4th and 5th years in 2015 and 16), and we added a special educator to the team. We had our first Solstice Concert in December of 2014, which has become a new annual tradition, alongside the Spring Equinox Dance, and End of Year Celebration. We implemented Choice Fridays, which offers students a choice of a variety of outdoor games and activities like trail runs, hikes, and obstacle courses.
We have learned a lot in our first two years in and out of the classroom! We have explored our woods with gusto, and still find more and more to uncover… Join us to witness how “Learning is in Our Nature!”