In the summer of 1980, Pioneer Montessori School began as the dream of one teacher and a small group of committed parents who sought to provide the best education possible for their children. That fall, 18 students (ages 2 through 5) started school. Karen Oswalt Levy taught in the one-room classroom during the day, and slept in the upstairs loft at night. Thus began the tradition of Pioneer Montessori in the Wood River Valley. Four children graduated kindergarten in the spring of 1981 and as enrollment grew, so did the need for more space. In the fall of 1981 the school was incorporated and Pioneer Montessori moved to its current location at Second Avenue.
Over the past 28 years, Pioneer Montessori has grown from a single classroom with 18 students to a student body of approximately 128 students. For several years Pioneer Montessori functioned in three different locations completing several remodels to accommodate the growing student body. In March 2009, the school purchased the adjacent building on Second Avenue and realized the vision of a single, cohesive campus. That September, Pioneer Montessori School opened the doors at its new, unified campus. From its humble beginnings to the current six classroom school housing 128 students, the school has continued to thrive and has been a source of inspiration for more than 800 students. Pioneer Montessori School is an educational tradition in the Wood River Valley . . .