Having gone thru 7 years of a Montessori program and seen the results
of a true education we are continually thankful for Green Valley School.
Not only was our son, Tyler, well grounded in basic education needed for
High School he came out of the middle school years with a love for learning
and the skills to last a lifetime.
My favorite story was when Tyler was in the early part of his 4th grade
year. He informed me one day that he had taken a nap that day. Ah, says
I, we have found the right school!
Schooling is not meant to be a forced exercise but rather a process of
educating the whole person.
Thank you Green Valley and all the teachers that work therein.
Lucia & Tyler Carlisle
Tyler Wm. Class of 2007
We have two children in GVS and we can't be more pleased with the school.
Our 13 year old gets a wide-ranging education in the junior high, from
algebra to drama to learning to cook. Our 3 year old is in the preschool
and loves it. He also attended the summer program and enjoyed seeing plays
and learning about all sorts of wildlife. When we come to pick them up
in the afternoon, we've often heard "Can't I stay longer?".
The school is run with a true attitude of caring for the children's well-being
and educational progress. We highly recommend GVS!
Judy & Chet Braley
Our 12 year old son started at Green Valley in January of 6th grade.
At the mere age of 12, he was already bored and tired of school. We visited
8 middle schools in the Concord, NH area (4 public and 4 private) to find
a better school for him. We were willing to move into a new community
if need be. In all honesty, I didn't want to give up on public schools
and I was hesitant about a private school. However, Green Valley was our
first choice and he went on to enjoy 2 and 1/2 years there--finishing
The teachers, staff, and volunteers at Green Valley helped him enjoy
learning again. Everyone wanted our son to learn. The small classroom
contained very bright high achieving students and struggling students.
Each worked at their own pace and supported each other with their strengths
and weaknesses. It was a wonderful environment were all flourished. As
parents, sending our son to Green Valley was one of the best decisions
that we made.
Laura M. Bonk
Concord, NH 03301
My daughter was enrolled Green Valley School school for 5+ years. I worried
that upon entering a public high school she would flounder. Had she gotten
all of the information required by the state? By comparison, the children
in public schools seemed to have followed a rigorous curriculum. Green
Valley uses a curriculum mostly laid out by Maria Montessori several decades
ago. While my daughter didn't have teachers filling her head with history
details, mathematical formulas, and grammatical drills, she was, instead,
presented with opportunities to explore all subjects with expectations
of completion and increased levels of difficulty. She was allowed to interact
with others, or not; had the time to dig deeply into projects of special
interest; and had many class outings, including a few where she learned
to "rough it" in inclement weather on remote mountaintops. She wrote,
she thought, she played, she created, she figured things out. Her teachers,
guardians of small classes, acted as her guides.
And now? As most of the Montessori trained children I know, my daughter
has had no problem in her public high school. Another, less scholarly
type, is at a noteworthy school and, like my daughter, is on the high
honors list. One child went from the Montessori school to college courses
at 15 - and will graduate from the University years earlier than her classmates.
While all unique, none of these children were considered "gifted." They
simply fortunate enough to receive the gift of an inspiring education.