Guidepost Montessori at Paradise Valley

At Guidepost Montessori, we recognize that each child is an individual with their own strengths, challenges, and learning styles. Our teachers and staff are trained to create a nurturing and inclusive classroom environment that celebrates diversity and respects the uniqueness of each child. We embrace the principles of Montessori education, which emphasizes self-directed learning, hands-on exploration, and respect for the child's autonomy. This approach allows children to progress at their own pace, building confidence and acquiring knowledge that suits their needs.

Paradise Valley
4856 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Phone: 480-666-7661
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Programs For:

Toddler (18 months to 3 years)

Children's House (3 years to 6 years)

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.

At Guidepost Montessori, we prioritize offering a high-quality education that nurtures each child's individual spirit of inquiry. Our engaging environment encourages students to explore, discover, and develop essential skills through hands-on learning experiences.

In addition to our rigorous academic program, we also offer a wide range of enrichment activities to enhance your child's learning journey. Furthermore, we have a robust extended day program to accommodate working families.

Diversity and inclusivity are core values of our school community. We warmly welcome students from all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, as we believe that everyone benefits from learning alongside one another.

To learn more about Guidepost Montessori at Paradise Valley and to schedule a tour, please contact us today! We would be delighted to provide you with further information and help you explore the possibilities for your child's education.

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.

Explore Our Programs

What are the Montessori equivalent names for preschool and kindergarten? The 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.

Hear what parents have to say about Guidepost Montessori

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.

young girl sitting at a table in a Guidepost Montessori kindergarten classroom cutting a banana

Hear from our Paradise Valley Families

Guidepost has been the best thing to happen to us in 2020. We were very worried about enrolling our child into a new school/daycare during a global pandemic but it was the best decision! Our son loves his classroom and his teachers. The school is professional,caring and dedicated to our children's care. I love the high level of communication and transparency. So happy to have found our school and to be a part of the Guidepost community.

Three kindergarten-aged school girls enjoy a conversation over glasses of milk, while two other students complete activities behind them in the well-organized Montessori classroom.

"I am so appreciative of all they have done for my family"

My children have been attending Guidepost for over a year now and it has been a great experience. The teachers are very caring and know each child individually. The staff are very responsive to requests and inquiries. This site has also been instrumental during the COVID shelter in place to allow my husband and myself to continue essential care duties. I am so appreciative of all they have done for my family.

Children in a well-organized mixed-age Montessori classroom ponder over an activity using blocks of different sizes, classic Montessori classroom materials

"Highly recommend the school!"

Our 2 and 4 year old kids attend Guidepost Montessori 5 days a week and we are very pleased with the professionalism, care, daily updates shared on their progress and overall good feeling that we get when we drop off and pick them up each day. Highly recommend the school!

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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!

Meet our School Team

Head of School

James Ward

Assistant Head of School

Acacia Gilmer

Lead Guide

Lyric Howard

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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.

Two preschool aged children completing different in-class Montessori activities.

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.

Three kindergarten-aged school girls and one kindergarten school boy enjoy some laughs while completing a school activity.

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.

One guide watches as two preschool aged students complete a Montessori classroom activity.

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.

Shelves are stacked with colorful paper and organized with classroom tools like scissors, pens, paintbrushes and glue. Students complete work in the background.

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.

Students gather around a guide on a reading rug as they intake a laptop PowerPoint presentation on metamorphic rocks.

Year-round programming

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.

A teacher helps students learn how to read in a classroom setting, with sticky notes, open laptops and a student on a barstool in the background.

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 your child the keys to life

Guidepost Montessori offers a unique and holistic approach to education for children of all ages with over 120 brick & mortar schools, virtual and homeschool, and Spanish and Mandarin language immersion options.

Our curriculum fosters independence, creativity, and a love of learning. Book a school tour today and take the first step in giving your child the gift of a Montessori education.

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