Parkmont’s History and Mission

Our Mission Today...

How do we help adolescents develop the confidence and skills they need to move ahead energetically with their lives?

At Parkmont we build a community where students ally themselves with creative adults whose driving concern is their success and well-being. We challenge them with an academic program that fuses adolescent interests with traditional disciplines and respects the variety of their talents and motivations. We provide them with substantial experience in the world beyond school that invites them to see more clearly the possibilities ahead. Our students get ready to chart their own course, and we make sure they’re prepared for the journey.

Parkmont’s Origin

Parkmont School was founded in 1972. It was started as a cooperative parent-run middle school and soon moved to a board-operated 501 (C)(3). The original concept came out of a melding of the Parkway Program (“Park”), aka Schools without Walls, and the Montessori philosophy (“mont”).

When students and parents came together to create the school, the following goals were set forth as the foundation of Parkmont School. Most of these ideas are still strong in our curriculum today.

Student Goals Adapted from Holland Montessori Lyceum

Student Goals Adapted from Parkway Language

In 1990, we merged with Somerset School, located on 16th Street, and acquired both their high school and their beautiful building. We are still there today, operating as a 6-12 program and teaching the philosophies of both Parkmont and Somerset.

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