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Academy of Thought and Industry at North Scottsdale

We are a modern Montessori-inspired middle school in North Scottsdale, AZ delivering a powerful education for independence, to develop curious, self-motivated adolescents who thrive in school and in life. Contact us at 480-256-2034 to learn more or book a tour.

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Welcome to ATI North Scottsdale

Now offering Middle School

Welcome to the Academy of Thought and Industry in North Scottsdale. I am delighted you're here!

ATI is a unique educational opportunity designed specifically for the needs of adolescents. Adolescence is a period of intense physical and emotional growth, and it deserves individually tailored education.

I'm honored to lead this school and to partner with our exceptional educators and our remarkable students and families to co-create a challenging, supportive, deeply caring, and inspiring learning community.

I hope you'll explore our website to learn more about ATI and then come see us for yourself. I'd love to meet you.

Carolyn Burns, Head of School

A look at our campus

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Join our community

Our Middle School community at North Scottsdale is quickly growing. We host regular events to foster a vibrant school community: coffee chats with our faculty, student work showcases, and shadow days to experience a day in the life of an ATI student. We look forward to meeting you!

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I love coming to school to work and see my friends. I feel lucky to have my coach, who helps motivate me when I can't decide what to focus on.
Katherine P.
Student, ATI North Scottsdale

Meet the faculty

Head of School

Carolyn Burns

Head of School

Middle School Guide

Kara Casillas

Middle School Guide

Ms. Kara is a graduate of Arizona State University with a focus on history and literature. She has a strong professional background in manufacturing, construction, and logistics. She kept in touch with the teaching community throughout her academic and professional career by working at a childcare center with younger children and being in the classroom with older children as a student teacher. As Montessori student herself, Ms. Kara has a deep understanding of Montessori values. Her goal as a teacher is to share these values academically and socially to help guide her students into adulthood. In her spare time, Ms. Kara likes to play fetch with her 3 dogs and play Mario Kart with her family.

Assistant Head of School

Elizabeth Braman

Assistant Head of School

Elizabeth is an experienced educator with a passion for Montessori Philosophy. Since 2012, she has been providing social guidance and academic support to students across the Valley. She spent the last 5 years in leadership positions, where her primary focus has been on developing new, innovative programs and education initiatives. She has worked in a number of non-traditional school environments, and her background includes extensive work with students who have special needs. My experience in education has led me to conclude that the Montessori Method is the best method for students to truly learn. The focus on children as individuals, capable of discovery and self-discipline, is something she has kept at the forefront of her instruction and leadership, and she is ecstatic to contribute to an environment where these values are encouraged.

Start your journey with us


Learn about ATI by attending one or more of our upcoming events and virtual info sessions


Consider a attending Shadow Day on campus to experience a day in the life of an ATI student


Submit your student application to ATI, which includes the option for financial aid (if necessary)


Work with Admissions to prepare for your first day of school! We can't wait to have you join our community

Take a school tour

ATI North Scottsdale is located at 20624 N 76th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, in the same building as our early years school, Guidepost Montessori. We'd love for you to come and visit!

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Experience school on your terms

Join a school community designed to support your education with coaching, small classes, and a commitment to our core values. Engage in deep study and personal exploration as a student at ATI.

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