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Progressive Education

Sussex’s curriculum and learning environments are rooted in the belief that students should be empowered learners. As part of a progressive education in Missoula, Montana, Sussex believes that the purpose of school expands beyond education policy and practice.


The faculty and staff at Sussex support their students’ deep intellectual development and the formation of healthy identities - as individuals, as students in a learning environment, and engaged members of their community and the world.

A Progressive Education Must:

  • Embolden student voice to create a more equitable, just, and sustainable world

  • Seek the active participation of students in their learning

  • Respond to the developmental needs of students

  • Place an equal weight on the social, emotional, intellectual, cognitive, cultural, and physical development of students

  • Honor and nurture students’ natural curiosity and innate desire to learn

  • Foster internal motivation and the discovery of passion and purpose

  • Create collaborative and critical relationships among students, educators, parents/guardians, and the community

  • Respect childhood as a time of wonder, learning, and growth

Where Sussex Students Continue To Learn

"There are no words to convey the degree to which Sussex shaped me into the person I am today. The experiences and education that were provided to us as students were excellent, but the community itself stands out to me more than anything."

Satya Byock, Class of 1997

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