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Our Mission


To inspire children’s lifelong passion for learning and cultivate healthy, compassionate, environmentally-conscious individuals who follow their dreams and contribute with conviction to the world.



Our Educational Philosophy

MRS believes that children must unfold to their fullest potential: emotionally; socially; intellectually; physically, creatively, artistically, and spiritually (nonsectarian). Our approach honors all parts of a child’s development and offers opportunities to learn in a nurturing, learner-centered environment focusing on core skills, leadership, self-awareness, and mastery of foundational curriculum and project-based learning.

As children learn about themselves as individuals and become part of a community, they learn to speak a language of kindness, respect, and compassion for all. Exposure to nature helps students explore the connection between all living things, drawing upon their own innate knowing, intuition, and empathy. We practice daily mindfulness practices and are committed to cultivating and deepening our own awareness, personal relationships, and connections with community.

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Our Approach

Mountain River School adheres to an educational model known as place-based education. Place-based education connects learning with communities to increase student engagement, student outcomes, and community impact. At Mountain River School, we use place-based education with all programs and students. By emphasizing real-world learning experiences and a hands-on approach, students are given the opportunity to connect to the culture, economy, and ecology of local places. By providing a connection to the local, students develop better understanding of the world and become a more thoughtful and active citizen in their own community and beyond. Mountain River School believes that by implementing place-based education local learning will inspire global citizenship.

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