Letter from the Director

July 1, 2018

Welcome to Mountain School!  It is our goal to know, value and educate each child so that they can grow and reach their potential, guided by our loving and dedicated staff.  Our caring teachers are highly qualified and additional support professionals are a part of every class, which has a maximum of 22 students.  We strive to help children develop academically, socially and emotionally to become successful, confident and responsible citizens of the community, whether it’s their family, their school, or Flagstaff and beyond. 

To provide a balance to core subjects, children participate in a variety of classes on a weekly basis: music, art, physical education (K-1 creative Movement), Spanish and Team MasterMind (a creative thinking, team building curriculum).  Movement and activity are also important for learning, so a morning break, movement breaks and a lunch recess are part of the daily routine.  The core classes are aligned with the Arizona Standards for College and Career Readiness. Experiential education is part of our philosophy and necessary for learning; we strive to provide a variety of enriching and educational experiences that include field trips, community service, public performances and peer mentorship. 

Parental involvement has been an integral part of Mountain School through the years and supports children and teachers in and out of the classroom.  We welcome your gifts and your time so that together we can nurture the seeds that are your children and help them grow and mature as wonder-full young people! 

Mountain School began as a seed of an idea many years ago, and through the vision, hard work and determination of its founder, Renee Fauset, it continually grew and blossomed into the school you see today.  As the next director, I will carry on her vision, and I am thrilled to be a part of a team in which we all work together to maintain the quality, the caring and the community that Mountain School has become known for. 

We invite you to visit us and hope that you too will discover the magic that is Mountain School and choose to become part of our community. 


Vanessa Fitz-Kesler

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 “I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”  –Henry David Thoreau