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Who We Are


The mission of Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning is: 

To provide a rich educational environment that views learning as an Expedition and uses the study of Great Thinkers to cultivate the value of excellence and the love of knowledge. Using investigation and discovery to make connections to ideas and our community, we empower children to embrace challenge, act with humanity, and become the 

Great Thinkers of the 21st century. 


Promontory provides a rich and active, yet fundamental, educational program to children in grades kindergarten through eight. We believe that all children can and want to learn, and we prepare our students to become knowing inquirers and participants in their own learning. In meeting our mission, we set high expectations for student achievement and provide the necessary support to enable each and every student to achieve these expectations. 

Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning emphasizes active learning, literacy, character growth, and teamwork through:  

      - Learning Expeditions - in-depth investigations of important subjects that mirror real life challenges, and

      - Studying Great Thinkers - significant experts, both living and historical. 

Learning Expeditions At Promontory

Students trade in rows of desks and fill-in-the blank worksheets for hands-on activity guided by meaningful, project-based instruction. Expeditionary Learning is a nationally recognized education reform model that emphasizes high academic achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. 

By using in-depth investigations, fieldwork, and hands-on projects, Expeditionary Learning gives students real-world experience and takes education far beyond textbooks. Lessons and experiences are planned so every student is an engaged, active learner. Staff will develop and implement Learning Expeditions, highly focused curriculum units that address required grade-level content and skills. These semester-long project-based learning expeditions engage students in interdisciplinary, in-depth studies of compelling topics, in groups and in their community. Social studies, science, mathematics, literacy, language arts, and fine arts are integrated through each Learning Expedition. 

Students also learn from fieldwork, local experts, and service opportunities in addition to learning from classroom activities. Local communities are used as sites for purposeful fieldwork that is connected to academic work. Community experts are often brought into the classroom to enhance expedition topics. These experiences maximize students’ motivation to learn. 

High-quality projects assess student learning and provide authentic opportunities for student work to be shared with the community. Assessment comes through a combination of standardized tests, cumulative products, public presentations, and portfolios. 

Studying Great Thinkers 

At Promontory, we are committed to the idea that each of our students has within them the seeds of a Great Thinker. It is our goal to give them opportunities that will spark their imaginations to fantasize, meditate, create, and to expand their minds in order to communicate their ideas and knowledge. By doing this, each child will give themselves permission to think outside the box and to become the Great Thinkers of the 21st century. 

Students will study significant “experts” of both today and the past in a manner which will stimulate active thinking. With this foundation, they will have a greater capacity to understand current happenings and be better prepared to evaluate and address future problems. 

We will engage students in an educational journey that familiarizes them with significant individuals and events, identifies patterns of change over time, assesses the relevance of evidence, and analyzes the relationships of the past to the present and future. Such engagement encourages each student to take responsibility for learning, providing students with the skills for a smooth transition into high school as well as the motivation for life-long learning and responsible citizenship. 

"A great thinker includes exceptional men and women who are inventors, scientists, statesmen, poets, artists, musicians, philosophers and saints who contribute to human civilization and culture with their technology, wisdom, artistry and decency. A great thinker is a man who is both great and good." -- Will Durant, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of all Time


The values that govern our board, administration, staff, students, and school community are as follows: 


Respect is an awareness of another person's feelings, possessions, time, space, and rights, and an ability to adjust our own responses accordingly - in a way which protects and esteems both ourselves and others. 

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides

our manners. -- Laurence Sterne 


Integrity means being true to what we know is right and good. Integrity is at the core of all our values. Without integrity, the other values can never be fully realized.

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. --W. Clement Stone


Service means seeing beyond ourselves as we immerse ourselves in giving something of value to someone else, and is vital to the development of good leaders and citizens. 

I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to 

the human race. -- Voltaire 


We believe students and teachers should be challenged, will naturally rise to the high standards expected of them, and will then set their own high expectations.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -- Aristotle


We believe that the greatest influences in shaping a child's future are the experiences and teachings that happen in the home. As a school, we strive to help the family succeed.

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in

which we live. -- Pope John Paul II 

Adventure: Learning through adventure creates an environment where students are required to rise to the challenge, achieving more than they thought possible. Adventure encourages teamwork, courage, craftsmanship, imagination, creativity, perseverance, compassion and respect for nature. 

We should come from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new

experience and character. -- Henry David Thoreau 


Responsibility means doing what needs to be done to take care of ourselves, our families, our friends, and the greater community. Being responsible means that others can rely on us, that we follow through on our promises, and accept the consequences of our actions.

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. -- Eleanor Roosevelt