at North Scottsdale

Tours & Events
North Scottsdale.
Monday-Friday | 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)
Elementary (6 to 12 years)
Middle and High School (12 to 18 years)

20624 N 76th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 US
Carolyn Burns
Guidepost Montessori in North Scottsdale is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Northern Scottsdale, Arizona. Indoors, rooms are spacious, bright, and light-filled, creating a warm and calm space for children to work. Our school is conveniently located off N 76th Street, right next to Grayhawk Park.
Carolyn Burns . Head of School
Tours & Events

Join Us for Our 2024 Elementary Summer Camp Experience!.

Guidepost Montessori warmly invites your child to be a part of our enriching 2024 Summer Camp, specially designed for elementary-aged learners. Our program is a blend of hands-on activities and Montessori-inspired educational experiences, perfect for inspiring young minds to explore and grow.

Dates: June 3rd - July 26th, 2024

Drop-off / Pick-up Hours: 7:30am - 5:00pm

Camp Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Reserve Your Spot Today! Our camp spaces are quickly being booked. Click below to register and ensure your child enjoys a summer of learning, creativity, and joy at Guidepost Montessori.

what makes us stand out.

How is the Guidepost Montessori approach different from conventional education?.

At Guidepost, we join with parents on their mission to help their child grow and live well. Together, we design an education to empower each child to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needs to craft an independent, flourishing life.

Though there are many differences between the conventional approach and Guidepost, here are some of the most important:

Conventional Education vs Guidepost Montessori
What is the Guidepost Mission?.

At Guidepost, our mission is to support each child in achieving her own independence. To do this, we help her gain the knowledge, build the skills, and craft the personal character she needs to flourish. Above all, our goal is to cultivate joy—in the pursuit of knowledge, in effort applied to work worth doing, in the achievements of herself and others, and in taking the steps to author her own life.

Read more about the Guidepost Mission.

Learn about the key milestones we support—from infancy through high school.

Read more about why we educate for independence, and how we support independence for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.

What are the outcomes of your programs?.

Montessori education is known world-wide for having positive impacts on both academics and social and emotional skills.

At Guidepost Montessori, when we design an environment to meet the developmental needs and interests of children alongside personalized care and support, the child can learn advanced skills at an accelerated pace.

Our students, for example, regularly learn to read by the time they’re 4-years-old and can perform all four math operations with 4-digit numbers by the end of their Kindergarten year.

The language and math skills of our kindergartners are on a par with what children in conventional programs learn in 3rd grade or beyond! What’s more, our students learn advanced academics joyfully—while simultaneously developing deep focus, self-discipline, and positive social skills.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Language Curriculum in Children’s House.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Math Curriculum in Children’s House.

Do your programs include Kindergarten?.

Yes! The third year of our Children’s House program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, is the capstone kindergarten year. In this year, the child has been well-prepared to experience an explosion of literacy, learn advanced math concepts, and use her hard-won ability to focus, problem-solve, and persist through challenges to then make advanced gains across the curriculum. Children who continue with Guidepost through Kindergarten are often well-ahead of their peers when they enter 1st grade.

Learn more about the capstone Kindergarten year at Guidepost.

Learn more about the next exciting stage: the Guidepost elementary program.

Following elementary, students continue on to our Montessori middle and high school, the Academy of Thought & Industry: a school that combines a classical liberal arts emphasis on history and great books, and a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency.

How does Guidepost partner with parents?.

At Guidepost, we want to make the best education the best for children and parents. This is why we provide year-round, extended-day programming at no extra cost, enabling consistent and uninterrupted access to the care and developmental support parents expect. We invite you into your child’s world—with daily photo and video updates, regular milestone meetings, and parent-child events that showcase your child’s progress. We work to understand your unique context and needs, so that we can provide support for milestones at home as well as at school.

In everything we do, we strive to cultivate joy as you watch your child grow!

Read about Transparent Classroom, the app that provides a window into your child’s day.

Read about recent family events such as Grandparent’s Day, a cultural celebration, and a spring celebration.

explore our programs.

Our approach is designed to empower each child to achieve independence by combining our hands-on curriculum with personalized learning to create an environment where curiosity flourishes, independence grows, and academic excellence is a natural outcome.

We want your child to see and believe: “I am capable!”

what parents are saying.

Julia S.
Jul 28, 2022 on yelp
We toured multiple preschools in Scottsdale before deciding on Guidepost Montessori. We have not been disappointed! The teachers and staff are wonderful and...
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Richard S.
Nov 1, 2021 on yelp
Our children have been attending the Toddler and Children's House programs at Guidepost Montessori, North Scottsdale since it opened in January 2021. El...
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Aimee R.
Jun 5, 2022 on yelp
I can't say enough positive things about this school. Both of my sons struggled at their previous Montessori school, so we moved them to Guidepost. Every...
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Kaya Cort
May 13, 2023 on google
True Montessori experience here with certified teachers and aides. Curriculum has a strong emphasis on prepared environment, life skills and fostering independence. My child has attended this location for two years, since she was 18 months old. She began her week with a Start Date Partner who started class the same day as her. It was so nice for her to have a partner as she embarked the new experience and for us parents to be able to relate to the same milestones. My daughter and I have truly made lifelong friends through all the Guidepost sponsored campus activities. Her teachers have been extremely responsive and communicative since day one. The reasoning, motor, academic and social skills my child has learned are all a credit to Guidepost. People ask how I was able to potty train my daughter at 20 months and I have to admit that her school did it all. I’ve overheard my now three year old telling family members that her teacher is nice and gives them flowers. Nothing compares to seeing my child happily running to the staff at her school while saying goodbye to me every morning. Few downsides are the obscure location and pricey tuition.
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Jenise Stephen
May 9, 2023 on google
This is a great Montessori school! I love how the campus feels like a real school. The classrooms are set up beautifully. Because it’s a small school of the teachers know all the students. The hours that are offered are perfect for working families. It is a little on the pricier side, but I think education is invaluable. This is definitely providing a solid foundation for my children.
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Daniel and Ashley Roché
May 11, 2023 on google
Literally the best school ever. The guides are amazing and the administration runs this school so well. We loved the family activities. GP is its own little family and community. Moving to AZ we didn’t have any family and it was at guidepost where we found our tribe. Our son attended Guidepost until we were relocated out of state. Leaving Guidepost was super sad for our family. We miss it. Highly recommend this school!
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Joel Chacko
May 10, 2023 on google
We’ve been sending our son there for over a year and we’ve seen significant development all around. The teachers do a great job nurturing the children’s abilities and talents.
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Dr. Bourawi
May 10, 2023 on google
Exceptional school . Excellent instructors and staff .
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Arizona Scholarship Account (ESA).

Thousands of Arizona students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are currently eligible for the state-funded ESA, which awards $4,000 – $6,500 annually per student towards private school tuition, home-based education, and other services.

Guidepost Montessori is approved by the Arizona Department of Education as a vendor for parents with students who qualify for the Empowerment Scholarship Award. If you are eligible for the ESA program, you can use your funds towards tuition for our in-school programs, virtual programs, and to purchase our stage-based Montessori materials.

Middle school student completing a science experiment in the classroom with liquid in various beakers.

Continuing Education for Middle and High School .

We are also pleased to offer in-person, virtual school and home school learning options for Middle school and High school students through the Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI).

The Academy of Thought and Industry combines the best of a classical education with personalized learning based on interest, passion, and curiosity. Our programs deliver a powerful education for independence and help to develop curious, self-motivated students who thrive in school and in life.

Learn more about the Academy of Thought and Industry here.

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