at Paradise Valley

Tours & Events
Paradise Valley.
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)
Guidepost at Home (0 to 12 years)

4856 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
James Ward
Looking for a Montessori program in Paradise Valley, Arizona? Look no further than Guidepost Montessori at Paradise Valley! We provide a diverse array of Montessori programs for children from early preschool years through kindergarten. Conveniently located near the intersection of North Tatum Blvd and Greenway Road, our school is easily accessible.
James Ward . Head of School
Tours & Events

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 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.

Hear from our Head of School, James Ward.

We know that choosing a school for your child is a very important decision. I want to thank you for bestowing your trust in our staff to partner with you and your child on their educational journey. I would also like to express what an honor it is for us to participate in your child’s story. Our greatest hope is that you and your family feel loved and accepted into our wonderful community. Welcome to the Guidepost Montessori at Paradise Valley “family”, we look forward to partnering with you.

take a peek at our school.

what parents are saying.

Ellen H.
Jul 5, 2023 on yelp
We are absolutely thrilled with Guidepost and would recommend to anyone, especially those who are passionate about Montessori. Our daughter has been...
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Christopher Ritchie
Aug 7, 2023 on google
Mr. James Ward & the entire staff and facility here at GP Montessori at PV were amazing! Our son attended for one full year, right before Kindergarten, and we were welcomed with open arms as if we were family. The way they care and teach students is wonderful, and our son's abilities really progressed. He truly has a love for learning and we're so thankful that he was able to be a student here.
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Jul 7, 2023 on google
Guidepost is awesome, the administration goes out of their way to make the school feel like a community and not just a place to drop the kids off during the day. I love the way James and Acacia are both kind and dedicated, when you walk through those doors there’s always a warm embrace. Mr. Lyric is also an amazing guide and very dedicated to the Art of teaching. 5 Stars!
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Jul 12, 2023 on google
Great school with amazing owners who truly believe in the Montessori philosophy and ensure the teachers are the right fit. I had the pleasure of sending both my children there and they loved it. Very strong community feeling among the families.
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Haley Ballard
Jul 9, 2023 on google
I have experience working with children at many different schools and some of the things that sets Guidepost apart are that the classrooms are more calm than most traditional/charter settings, the children have enriching materials to work with, and the children are more focused on their work. You can tell the children are well-cared for and that the staff are passionate about their job. I highly recommend this school!
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Alexis Hanson
Jul 8, 2023 on google
We have loved this school from the day we toured. I have never felt my son was more safe in a school before, until he started going here. His teacher, the administrators, and every support there is amazing. Highly recommend
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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.