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Why Juniper?

Imagine a school where curiosity guides curriculum… a school that nurtures not only academic excellence but also social-emotional intellect… a school committed to building an authentic, diverse, and active learning environment for the children of our community. We are proud to tell you: we are that school! We are… Juniper.

The Juniper School was founded in 2017 by local educators and parents eager to create an academic experience that grows with each individual students’ goals and needs. We welcome students of all backgrounds and learning styles, celebrating any ability as a strength to be discovered and focused. As pioneers driven to reform the landscape of public education, our goal is to empower each student with the social-emotional tools and confidence necessary to communicate effectively, solve problems, and flourish into creative, caring citizens. 

Rooted in Montessori methods, our “Habits of the Heart” curriculum is shaped by mindfulness and restorative justice practices, encouraging self-motivated, dynamic learning experiences. Every classroom is outfitted with natural materials inspired by the Montessori philosophy, providing authentic opportunities for students to practice skills relevant to their academic success and lives beyond the classroom. 

We work hard to make sure our students spend time each day exploring the natural laboratories surrounding campus, with two outdoor recess periods, outdoor classroom experiences, and activities focused on learning about and discovering the natural world. With an emphasis on community connection, our electives programs incorporate partnerships across a variety of competencies, introducing students to art, movement, and music that reflect different cultures, ideas, languages, and worldviews.

Bolstered by this 21st Century Educational Structure, Juniper students thrive when faced with challenges, like the tree that our mission embodies. We believe these educational values support their development into tomorrow’s game-changers, generating positive change in our community and the world at large. Come grow with us!

The Juniper School, located in Durango, CO is a free, public, charter elementary school. TJS provides a Montessori education with an authentic, diverse, and active learning environment for the children in our community.