I. Pedagogical Foundations Mission Children find their place in the world through excellent Montessori education at Mountaintop. Vision Mountaintop Montessori is a paragon of progressive education for children from infants to young adolescents in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our children and their families experience Mountaintop as a place where they feel safe, joyful, and cherished. In the years to come, Mountaintop will uphold its culture of civility, and continue to provide a learning environment that is both child-centered and evidence-based. Our community of children, parents, guides, staff, alumni, and governing board will sustain the purposefulness that makes our school so unique and strong. We will continue to honor our Pantops Mountain location through a mutually beneficial relationship with the greater Charlottesville community. Through sound Board of Trustees governance and strong school leadership, Mountaintop will actively engage in securing its future by pursuing the following goals by 2014: achieving optimal enrollment and fiscal health, engaging in a successful comprehensive fundraising campaign for sustainable and permanent facilities and an endowment, and attracting and retaining the highest caliber faculty through our solid teacher compensation package and abundant opportunities for professional growth. Mountaintop Montessori will move through the twenty-first century as a beacon for authentic, outstanding progressive education among independent schools in the United States. About Mountaintop Mountaintop Montessori is a non-sectarian co-educational day school providing Montessori education for children beginning with a parent & infant class and continuing through middle school. It is operated as an independent, nonprofit institution governed by a self-perpetuating volunteer board of trustees. Mountaintop has an enrollment of approximately 250 students drawn from the Charlottesville area and outlying counties. Mountaintop welcomes students and families of diverse abilities and cultural, racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. 3