Academic Philosophy

A fundamental key to our success is that we work together as a “family,” and we function at our best with the engagement of our parents. After all, the most important lessons our children learn come primarily from the home. Thus, we seek to form a partnership with parents and other adults important to our students. We offer many learning opportunities including guest speakers, which greatly enrich both the parenting and teaching experience. Also, forums provide a safe and supportive environment for discussions of parenting issues, as well as optional discussion of books that we believe to be helpful and informative in the areas of parenting and education. Through these means, we help each other grow and provide support for our children from many angles. By working together, we may all take pride as we watch our young family members become academically and creatively engaged, community-sensitive and responsible people who know themselves well. And that is really what we are all about.

Counterpane School is one of very few Montessori programs in the United States that extends the Montessori philosophy from preschool through high school. The school is small, individualizing, non-graded until Upper School, and strictly college preparatory. Counterpane's campus is on 14 wooded acres with organic gardens and farm animals.

Counterpane is dedicated to the purest Montessori education and engages only teachers trained by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) or the American Montessori Society (AMS) at the primary and elementary level. Counterpane is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), and is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC).