ABOUT US

Welcome

GroWise Be Well Academy is an independent school for children ages 5-18 located in the heart of the beautiful Bitterroot Valley in Hamilton, Montana. Located on an 80-acre permaculture farm, Scottish Highland cattle, chickens, and the occasional bald eagle can be seen outside the window, all against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. 

Founded in 2014 (first under the name Riverstone School), GroWise Be Well Academy was originally oriented around the idea of a modern one-room schoolhouse where homeschooled children could come for supplemental classes. It soon became clear that the community, and the world at large, needed the unique and loving learning environment that GroWise Be Well Academy offered and in 2018 GroWise Be Well Academy opened as a full-time, full-curriculum school for children ages 5-18. 

Incredible momentum and passionate commitment from the GroWise Be Well Academy community has lead to strong enrollment and put into place big dreams that are already unfolding. In 2021 we will open the doors to a new, larger school house with 12 classrooms, a tech lab, sensory room, conference room, assembly space and commercial kitchen. Sports fields are in the works as well. 

What Makes Riverstone Unique

While the educational philosophy and environment of GroWise Be Well Academy has much in common with Waldorf and Montessori schools, it is neither addition to being experiential, kinesthetic, and holistic, is interdisciplinary, multicultural, and deeply connected to the local surroundings and community.

 

The GroWiseBeWell curriculum is influenced by Reggio-Emilia, John Dewey, and place-based education. Building on this timeless foundation, we prepare students to succeed in a 21st century world by incorporating the latest in learning research and proven pedagogical developments. 

Meet The Team

Sarah Southwell

Founder & Executive Director

Map 3 Lead Teacher

Paige Luhman

Teacher's Assistant

Kayli Maffei

Administrator

Alison Reintjes

Art Instructor

Mykel Miller

Cooking Instructor

Sasha Brooks

Map 1 Lead Teacher Theatre Instructor

Seanette Holler

Herbal Arts Instructor

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Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated and go towards student scholarships. 

CONTACT

406-361-0433

 

1093 Sleeping Child Road

Hamilton, MT 59840

 

hello@gwbwacademy.com

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GroWise Be Well Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt educational organization (currently listed under Riverstone School).