Many Montessori graduates are household names: Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Will Wright, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julia Child, to name just a few. A disproportionately large number of these graduates are innovators, explorers, iconoclasts. The list includes Nobel laureates, world leaders, successful entrepreneurs and ordinary people—all living life with the gifts of self-awareness and intrinsic motivation that are the legacy of every Montessori student.Until we opened The Post Oak High School in 2012, our graduates went on to more than two dozen high schools in the Houston area. Over the past decade, 97% of Post Oak graduates were accepted at either their first or second choice of high school. (Where, not surprisingly, they’ve been honored for academic achievement, elected to leadership positions in student government, chosen as captains of sports teams, cast as leads in school plays, and have established new school clubs and organizations.) 98% of our graduates go on to college both in the United States and abroad, prepared to move from there into fields as diverse as business, science, technology, music, teaching, film making, engineering, acting, medicine, government service, law, and scholarship.