Guidepost Montessori at North Scottsdale
Guidepost Montessori develops a fundamental love of learning and equips each child with the knowledge, confidence, and tools needed to reach their highest potential as they grow into independent adults.
Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 years to 6 years)
Elementary (6 years to 12 years)
ATI Middle School (12 years to 14 years)
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.
Explore Our Programs
What are the Montessori equivalent names for daycare, preschool, and kindergarten? Daycare corresponds to our Nido program, preschool years correspond to our Toddler program, and the kindergarten years correspond to our Children's House program. Click each image below to read a program overview and discover what your child will learn when they join our school.
Changing the world, one student at a time
We are a school where children find the joy in learning — and thus make it possible for them to continue learning for the rest of their lives.
To think mathematically.
To solve problems.
To create things.
To encounter great literature that inspires their character development.
To build themselves as capable, efficacious beings.
To place themselves in history and in society.
To spark meaningful friendships and deep personal values that last a lifetime.
Our goal at Guidepost Montessori is to serve each individual child, to help them realize their limitless potential, and the opportunities they will have to create real and lasting change throughout their lifetime.
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.
Hear from our North Scottsdale Families
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 teacher, teacher's aide, and administrator we have interacted with truly has the children's best interest as their top priority. Guidepost is a genuine Montessori school, guiding and supporting students through their education. My older son was especially struggling with feeling accepted and heard and is now thriving in the Middle school program. He has a teacher he adores and respects, and classmates who are kind and supportive of each other. If you are even considering this school, do yourself a favor and at least take a tour, you won't regret it!!!
"We know that our children are safe and loved in this environment"
Guidepost Montessori has provided our children with an authentic Montessori education. The classrooms are beautifully appointed with the breadth and depth of age-appropriate Montessori materials. The teachers (called guides) are Montessori certified. The school has selected teachers that are experienced, kind, nurturing, yet strict enough to maintain the sense of peace and order that pervades the Montessori classroom. The classes are mixed age groups, giving the children the opportunity to learn from the older children and teach the younger children.
We know that our children are safe and loved in this environment. When we pick them up in the afternoon, sometimes they do not want to leave as they are engrossed in playing, projects or artwork. They have both developed independence, life skills, and are growing academically. We highly recommend Guidepost Montessori at North Scottsdale.
"The teachers are fantastic"
What I like about this school is the large, open campus and classrooms, small student-to-teacher ratio, and the school's ability to make changes when things are not working for the student. They use hands-on tools, the children are constantly moving around the classroom for different subjects, and they have reading spots where kids can get comfortable and enjoy their reading time. The teachers are fantastic and understand each child is different in their needs. I'm super excited, as well as my daughter, for their hands-on room where they will have carpentry, sewing, and art!
"Environment is happy, nurturing, fun and academically challenging"
We joined Guidepost last August. It was our very first experience with Montessori school system. I can honestly say this has been the best academic and emotional experience for both my children. My kids have shown great academic progress this year and can't ever imagine going back to public school or any other academic learning environment.
I highly recommend this school if you are looking for an environment that is happy, nurturing, fun and academically challenging in a way you may have never expected. Everyone at the school have been very kind and helpful.
Meet our School Team
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.
Stay connected to your child's learning
Thanks to our app Transparent Classroom, you get a window into your child’s experience of school daily.
Your child’s Lead Guide will share what your child is learning and what their real-time assessments are - this way you can very closely follow your child’s development throughout the day, months, and years you stay within the Guidepost network. If you transfer from one of our locations to the next, your child’s progress and continuity will be tracked in the app and readily accessible. Read more about Transparent Classroom here.
In this app you will see important notes and milestones such as:
- Daily toileting, eating (bottle feeding for infants), and sleeping habits
- Curriculum introduction, progress, and completion
- End of day summary of all activities
- Notes such as bringing in more diapers or a new set of clothes
- Reminders for upcoming classroom events like birthdays, holidays, or special occasions
Interested in becoming a room parent? Let your child's Lead guide know!
What sets us apart from traditional schools
As the largest network of Montessori schools in the U.S., Guidepost Montessori is recognized for its outstanding academic standards, its steadfast commitment to Montessori education, and its deep respect for the potential in every child. At Guidepost, it is our mission to empower and equip your child with the knowledge, confidence and agency needed to reach their highest potential.
Education for life
Our education provides the freedom and guidance needed to construct a sense of self and purpose through joyful, meaningful work. We support your child in all areas of their development – social, emotional, physical, academic, and beyond.
Deeply individualized learning
Lessons are carefully structured and designed to appeal to each student's level of development and needs. Our proprietary curriculum gives students increasing responsibility over their learning as they grow.
Dedicated teachers supported by industry experts
Our programming has been designed by leading education experts, and is implemented by passionate, qualified teachers. All of our Lead Guides are required to be AMI, AMS, or PMI Montessori certified and receive ongoing training and professional development.
Carefully prepared environment
At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in environments prepared for them. Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.
We think the education of our students is stronger when we can serve the whole family, which is why we are committed to very few closures throughout the school year, and offer extended day options for families.
Continuity and mobility
Our schools offer a continuing Montessori education for children as young as 10 weeks through to 18 years old. With a growing network of 100+ schools across the U.S., China and Europe - combined with our virtual and homeschool options - we can support continuity and consistency in your child's education to meet your family's changing needs.
Giving children the keys to life
Guidepost Montessori enables children to understand the world and choose their place within it.
With over 120 campuses across the US and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs serving more than 10,000 families worldwide, Guidepost is the world’s largest Montessori network.
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