Bozeman Summit School offers a variety of curriculum enhancement programs to complement our Montessori curriculum.
For our art education program, we have contracted with Katie Coyle with the Ennis Art Institute. Katie brings an immersive half-day of art to Bozeman Summit School 17 times throughout the school year. These art days include learning the fundamentals of art, art history, and allow children to explore various textures and materials.
Katie Coyle hails from Connecticut and has lived in Montana since 2006. She attended Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Arts. She then went on to attend graduate school at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut, for Art Education. She met her husband Ed, while teaching Art in the public schools in Connecticut and they soon made the move out West together. After spending four years living in Bozeman and attending Montana State University where she studied Elementary Education, she and her husband moved to Ennis, Montana. In 2010, Katie opened Ennis Institute of the Arts. Katie was recently chosen to be a Montana Teacher Leaders of the Arts in 2019/2020 and is currently one of Montana’s top Art Equation Advocates.
Rebekah Bunting (Upper and Lower Elementary) and Trina Rainey (Early Childhood) meet weekly with our students to explore the fundamentals of music. Using a variety of instruments, our musical instruction team not only educate the children, but also prepare an amazing demonstration of their learned skills for our Holiday Performance and Festival of the Arts each year.
Rebekah Bunting has been teaching elementary music education at Bozeman Summit School since 2015. She is certified at Level II in the Orff Schulwerk approach. Orff Schulwerk is a “child-centered” approach to learning music that integrates music, dance, speech, and drama. The children learn by doing and are regularly improvising and creating their own music and movement. By doing this, they are learning important problem solving skills that can translate to all aspects of life. Most music classes involve learning and playing instruments such as xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, recorders, hand drums, wood blocks and many other fun instruments. Rebekah is constantly inspired by the children’s creativity and musical abilities and enjoys highlighting their talents in the December Holiday Performance and spring talent show.
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A part of the Montessori curriculum is an appreciation and understanding of cultures beyond our own. Our Spanish program not only introduces our students to the Spanish language, but also the cultures and people that speak Spanish as their native tongue.
Alicia S. de Paz works with each classroom once a week. Alicia is a native of Cusco, Peru and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the prestigious María Auxiliadora College of Education in Puno, Peru. She received her Masters in Education from Mississippi State University. She also has an active Professional Teaching Certification from the MT Office of Public Instruction. Alicia is a retired teacher from the Bozeman School District where she taught Spanish for twenty-five years. Alicia’s motivation to return to the classroom is fueled by her passion for teaching and learning, as well as her desire to motivate children to discover and appreciate the Hispanic cultures and the Spanish language. She believes that acquiring a new language at an early age empowers children, so they may appreciate and understand other cultures and become citizens of the world.
At Bozeman Summit School, we not only care about developing the whole child in their social, emotional, and educational journey, but also giving them the tools and education to be physically healthy through diet and exercise. For our Health Enhancement program, we have contracted with Steffany Kay – owner of Play+.
Steffany Kay is a graduate of Montana State University – College of Business and has been an active part of the community since arriving in Bozeman in 1995. She has been involved with the Big Brother/Big Sister program, a Thrive CAP mentor and is currently on the board of directors for Gallatin Valley Farm to School.
She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Exercise Specialist (YES), Precision Nutrition and Primal Play certified. Her company Play+ brings her love of movement to the youth of Gallatin Valley. In her free time she can be found competing in obstacle races, trail running, being in the outdoors with family or on an international adventure with her husband and young son.
At Bozeman Summit School, we understand that as a parent you may need additional support beyond the standard school hours. To assist working families, we have an aftercare program available from 3:30pm to 5:30pm each day. Any children remaining in the classroom at 3:30pm will be moved to aftercare. You are not required to sign up for this program in advance and are welcome to utilize it on a “drop-in” basis as needed.
Consult your Tuition Contract for aftercare rates.