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Engage. Enrich. Empower.

Founded in 2014 by Scott and Karen Maybee, Big Sky Discovery Academy was started with the core purpose of providing the best learning environment for children to confidently and joyfully excel in life. 

Discovery is the first, and currently the only, private Montessori-based PreK and elementary, middle, and high school in Big Sky, Montana. The school is affiliated with and devoted to the mission, philosophy, and code of ethics of the American Montessori Society (AMS). 

Discovery strives to endow its students with a lifelong love of learning, while fostering the social awareness that is 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.


Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Middle School

High School

Our Mission

To create and support a community of learners by providing personalized educational opportunities that focus on the holistic development and academic growth of the individual.

Our Vision

To provide Big Sky students and community members educational choices so that they discover their passion, find their purpose and create meaningful lives.


Discovery is so much more than a Montessori School. It is a student and teacher created environment that fosters ingenuity, freedom, creativity and fun, in a way where kids don’t even know they are learning – because the learning happens in such a natural and unforced environment. 

C.B., Early Childhood and Elementary Student Parent

The coursework can be tailored to the student’s interests and talents. The school format is flexible and fosters independence and responsibility. It is the perfect bridge between a traditional school setting, and college. 

A.W., High School Student Parent

I love the quality of the teaching and how everyone goes above and beyond to make my children’s education better.

E.B., Elementary and Middle School Student Parent

I love the teaching style and flexibility of school. Also, the incredible support of the staff. 

J.J., High School Student Parent

[My child’s] self-esteem, her inquisitiveness about what she’s learning, her spirits are just better in general every day before and after school. She loves school again, which makes me feel so relieved. It’s been life changing for our family.

L.K.,Elementary Student Parent

Each of the students matter and don’t need to fit into a box. Discovery doesn’t have shapes or molds for the students to fit into, they can be themselves while they learn within the format that best suits them as an individual.

S.S., Parent of Two High School Students

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