The Tremont School was started in 2011 by four families, each of which dared to ask,
“Why can’t the children in our family, who are diverse learners, attend school together in a place where they all can thrive?”
They set out to start a school that recognized neurodiversity, different modes and rates of learning, and supported students in learning together in a collaborative and caring community. The school derives its name from the three mountain peaks of learning—emotional, social, and academic. Current research on learning underscores what the founders set in motion—that learning necessarily involves the heart, mind, and one’s community.
Today, the Tremont School is a vibrant and deliberately diverse community that challenges learners to take ownership of their learning. Real-world, interdisciplinary contexts and joyful exploration builds on students’ natural curiosity, personal interests and individual potential. A guiding principle is that it is human to have both strengths and challenges so education needs to attend to both for each learner. Further, everyone does what they are able to at a given time and the role of the school is to support their development. Our “Living Curriculum Approach” gives students an active and central role in their learning. We are documenting and sharing this approach with other schools locally and across the world.