I have two children enrolled as elementary students at SBM. It is a fantastic school with individualized lesson plans for each student. The curriculum is focused but not cookie-cutter -- the instructors recognize that not all kids learn the same way. It is small and somewhat non-traditional, but the environment promotes active learning both in the class room and through field trips. The elementary school has been on overnight trips to Glacier Park, Yellowstone Park, and Calgary, Alberta where we slept in the Calgary Zoo. Other expeditions include digging for fossils each year, Fall and Spring camp-outs (overnighting optional), visiting the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, and a ski program each winter. The school is very competitive in academic competitions as well, last year taking overall first place in the Montana Tech Science Fair and in the Battle of the Books (6th grade team) as well as several individual honors at the science fair, and competing in the county-wide spelling bee. My youngest was also in the Early Childhood program before entering the elementary program. This too is a wonderful program with emphasis on teaching kindergartners concepts in counting and phonics, encouraging reading prior to entering first grade. In many respects this is a one-room schoolhouse where the kids all pull together to achieve outstanding academic results. There is very little pettiness, almost no competition over wardrobe, and the kids all seem to watch out for each other.