Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Mountaintop Montessori provides the greater Charlottesville community with an exceptional and authentic Montessori education, serving children and families from infancy through adolescence. Our campus is home to year-round programming in which children thrive through experiential learning, interactions with the natural world, and collaborative discovery.

At Mountaintop, we envision…

Children who live with enduring curiosity, joy, and responsibility. A community where each member is cherished and challenged. A world enriched by these young leaders, creators, problem-solvers, and peace-makers.

Our Shared Values

We recognize the world as a place of wonder. We trust in the inherent potential of each person. We are guided by the peace, order and logic of simplicity. We are intentional in our words and actions. We commit to living as stewards of the earth. We connect and communicate with empathy and compassion. We are mindful of our responsibilities as global citizens. We believe that embracing risk and failure yields creativity and innovation. We ground all decisions, interactions, policies and programs in the Montessori philosophy.

Strategic Goals: 2013-2016

Through sound Board of Trustees governance and strong school leadership, Mountaintop will actively engage in securing its long-term future by pursuing the following goals by 2016: advance programmatic excellence and engage in ongoing program evaluation, retain the highest caliber faculty and staff by offering a solid compensation package and abundant opportunities for professional growth, provide facilities consistent with programmatic needs, and pursue a comprehensive development plan. Mountaintop Montessori will move into the twenty-first century as a beacon for authentic, outstanding progressive education among independent schools in the United States.


  • Advance programmatic and operational excellence
  • Retain highest-caliber faculty and staff
  • Provide facilities consistent with programmatic and operational needs
  • Pursue comprehensive development plan
  • Increase fiscal strength
  • Maintain strong governance and leadership