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PO Box 1037

Martin, SD 57551

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A fresh approach is needed to support the future generations.

Education systems need to work with students, rather than against them. At Onward Learning, we understand that every child sees the world differently, and we honor these differences to benefit the individual and world at large. In this way, children grow to be confident in themselves, their gifts and their purpose in the world.

What's the Difference?


Mainstream education is centered around national curriculum and standards.

Onward education is centered around the healthy development of the whole child.

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the nerve of education.”
-Rudolf Steiner

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Onward Learning right for my family?

Will my child be ready for high school if they attend Onward Learning?

Onward Learning fosters an environment in which children learn to be confident, independent problem solvers with a love for learning.  We offer a full academic program to ensure students master the skills necessary to be successful in school wherever they are.


Is Onward Learning a Montessori School?

We are not a Montessori School, but we respect Maria Montessori’s philosophy.  At Onward Learning, we allow children to make creative choices in their learning and guide them in becoming responsible and independent.

Are Onward Learning teachers fully certified and qualified to teach?

All of our teachers are experienced, qualified, and certified.  They bring with them not only their experience and expertise, but a love for children and teaching.

How much is tuition at Onward Learning?

Our tuition is $300/month for our elementary school and $400/month for children under the age of 4.    

Our goal is to raise enough funding each year to make Onward Learning affordable for any family who would like to join our learning community.  Please visit our fundraising page to learn more about how you can help!


How old does my child need to be to attend Onward Learning?

We offer full-time learning programs for infants to eighth grade and summer programs for all children up to age 18.  Our goal is to expand our school to 12th grade by 2025.

How can I be sure my child is learning what they need to learn if there is no standardized testing?

Standardized testing leads to children being labeled as behind or gifted. We believe children should be seen and assessed as individuals without comparison with other children.  Assessment at Onward Learning is done through observation by the teacher and is used to determine proper timing of presentation of new information and experiences to provide an optimal learning experience.  Periodic meetings with parents are held throughout the year to discuss the student’s progress, needs, gifts, interests, and goals. 

What is your maximum child to adult ratio?
  • Birth to 3.5 (8:1)
  • Preschool & Kindergarten (10:1)
  • 1st Grade to 3rd Grade (12:1)
  • 4th Grade to 8th Grade (15:1)