First Ever Montessori High School in Ky. Opens in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A new school focused on individualized student learning opened its doors in Lexington Thursday.

There are several Montessori elementary and middle schools across the state, but until now, that style of learning stopped at the high school level. 14-year-old Brier Campbell is a freshman at the new Montessori High School of Kentucky. She'll be learning the same subjects taught in conventional schools, but in a different way.

"You don't have to sit down at a desk with a book all day and just flip through pages. They take you out for real life experiences."

Eleven students, all freshman and sophomores, are enrolled at the school. Winni van Gessel is the curriculum director.

"If we can facilitate their joy for learning, they're enjoying to be here and to reaching out beyond this classroom, that would be our goal."

Montessori High School is located on Rose Street in Lexington near the University of Kentucky campus. The school will use UK's facilities and partner with the College of Education.