Design Principles

  1. Students need to be prepared for life, and not just school.

  2. Your identity, voice, perspective, and choice matter.  Live your Truth.


The mission of The Sojourner Truth School is to empower students to transform the world.

Students at Truth will graduate ready for success in college, career, and life. They will serve as active agents in the construction of peace. They will know who they are, what they want, and where they are going. They can walk into any space, find their place, and make a powerful contribution.

Truth will achieve this vision through a Montessori education that fosters student-led classrooms through appropriate environmental structure, enables students to engage in meaningful work with real world applications, and offers a close-knit community where students pursue justice and practice stewardship.  


The Sojourner Truth School builds on the Montessori commitment to deep, personalized learning through carefully designed classroom environments and freedom within limits. We expand this time-tested model into secondary education by combining an emphasis on personalized learning with an understanding of the skills and tools that a diverse population of 12- to -18-year-olds need to be successful students, leaders, and citizens. Specifically, we meet adolescents’ developmental need for authentic social interaction and meaningful work with real applications.

All aspects of Truth - from instructional model, to physical environment, to school culture - are anchored by the following design principles:


These design principles, grounded in the Montessori educational philosophy, form a coherent vision of the Truth School.

For detailed explanation of the expectations for embodying each value, please see the full Truth Competency Framework.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in more information, please submit a contact request. We look forward to hearing from you!