Journal Entry

Our Story

Higher Ground Education was founded by a small team of impassioned educators and business leaders.

Higher Ground Education was founded by a small team of impassioned educators and business leaders — skilled operators who had spent their early careers creating and scaling one of the most high-quality, high-fidelity Montessori school networks in the world. For many years the team devoted itself to developing, testing, refining, and putting into practice the resources, systems, infrastructure, and pedagogical leadership required to achieve Montessori “at scale,” and at its pinnacle had created a network of over 20 schools across both coasts of the United States.

And yet, the pace of growth was not fast enough. The impact was not widespread enough. We helped create, from small beginnings, a group of schools of which we were truly proud. We had learned firsthand the incredible impact of proper education on the soul of the child and the family. But these accomplishments, far from slaking our missionary thirst, served only to increase it. It became necessary to climb out of the box we had built around ourselves and reimagine the problem from scratch. It was at this moment that Higher Ground Education was born: a moment both of renewed seeking and of breakthrough discovery.

We sought perspective. We sought an elevated place to stand, from which to gain a macro-level view. And we found our overarching goal: not merely to create our own community of schools, but to be a catalyst for fundamental change to an entire sphere of education and entire generations of children, by making the Montessori pedagogy, properly imagined, the dominant educational approach worldwide.

We view our task as wildly over-ambitious, but at the same time practically necessary and urgent. We do not think it an exaggeration to say that either human civilization achieves an educational revolution, or it may fall within a few generations into another dark age. To help fuel such a revolution we first recognize that we cannot do it alone. We must empower a movement through supporting all the talented, passionate fellow-travelers out there animated by the same love of children and hunger to offer them something better. Through a combination of deep thought and focused action, we will raise ourselves and other educators, and as a result the children of the world, to ever-higher ground.

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