Glacier Lake School

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Glacier Lake School offers learners aged 4-19 the freedom and space to pursue their curiosity, passion and talent within a supportive, caring environment.

We provide an environment where:

  • we trust in each student's innate drive and passion to learn what is important in their own development
  • students are part of a democratic system where they all have an equal voice in the daily running of their lives and their community
  • our students and staff are equal partners who work together to create a place where all feel safe and respected

​​What strengthens the whole premise of self-directed learning, democracy and justice within our learning community is the underlying importance of students mixing freely within all age groups.

Self-directed learning

Giving children the freedom to learn and the space to play is an important part of growing which is sadly lacking in most other schools.

At Glacier Lake School, our staff support the natural learning process initiated by the student rather than dictate the content and flow.

Through self-directed learning, human beings discover passion and purpose in life.

Democratic empowerment

The weekly school meeting is a time where all school-related issues are raised and discussed by students and staff members alike.

Each member of the community has an equal vote on all issues including school governance.

We believe that one of the best ways for young people to learn the priniciples of democracy is through direct involvement in decisions for themselves and their community.


The Judicial Committee, made up of a rotating group of students and staff members, hold a daily meeting to settle disputes and concerns that arise within the community.

By reviewing each case separately, the community may ensure that an atmosphere of trust, respect and fairness prevails for both the individual and the community.

We believe:

  • Children are born with an intense drive to understand and manage their environment
  • Learning happens all the time, in whatever we do
  • Children need a lot of time to play, explore and be outdoors
  • The best way for children to learn responsibility is for them to be given responsibility
  • Individuals should have a voice in decisions that affect their lives
  • Growing up in a mixed-age community gives children a beneficial blend of backgrounds and perspectives

​Our school's philosophy is based on the democratic/free approach to education inspired by schools around the world, such as the Sudbury Valley School  in Framingham, MA.

62551 Wild Rose Lane
St IgnatiusMontana 59865
Phone406 745 2345

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