Big Sky Discovery Academy (BSDA) was founded in 2014 by Scott and Karen Maybee with a core purpose of providing the best learning environment for children to confidently and joyfully excel in life. BSDA is the first, and currently the only, private Montessori-based PreK and elementary school in Big Sky. The school is affiliated with and devoted to the mission, philosophy, and code of ethics of the American Montessori Society (AMS). BSDA strives to endow its students with a lifelong love of learning, while fostering social awareness necessary to live healthy, productive lives by using the Montessori philosophy, multi-age classrooms, individualized learning pathways, place-based and community-connected lessons, and a mastery approach to learning and progression. In addition to the relationships built between students and teachers, BSDA is committed to engaging staff, parents, and members of the community to be partners in education. Also at the core of BSDA values and culture are nutrition and health. Our evolving meal program is an integral part of the BSDA experience as we strive to provide organic, fresh, minimally processed, non-GMO lunches and snacks. We strongly believe in the power of nutrition and its effects on health, personal well-being, as well as physical and mental performance. The strategic objectives for BSDA focus on these major areas: enrollment growth, funding and scholarship establishment, infrastructure, curriculum development, future campus vision and community presence through community accessible programming. We are actively searching to secure a permanent space. Additionally, in 2016 we expanded our offerings to include summer programs to help meet the needs of our community’s kids as well as a community learning center to support academic success for all of Big Sky’s students.