Solterra Way Cottage School

Supporting learning  since 2002.

Tiny School: 

Limited screens, Montessori-based instruction for your child or pod.  Flexible scheduling.

Individual Instruction:  

  • remediation,

  • academic challenge,

  • acceleration,

  • homework support.

Academic Assessments:

to help you better understand and plan for your child's learning needs.

New for 2022, Novice Investors Program:  ​

  • Learn how the stock market works,

  • Prepare to set up and manage your own investment account,

  • Online, for teens and adults

Patricia Saylor

Educational Diagnostician

Head of School

With 30 years of experience as an educator and school administrator I am prepared to address your child's unique learning needs.


I hold a BA in Spanish and Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University.  I am certified by the American Montessori Society and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and hold teaching certifications from the NC Department of Public Instruction in 7 areas, including licenses to teach children with disabilities and those who are academically gifted.

For information about Solterra Way Cottage School partners and employees, and those who live and work in our home, click the button. I look forward to investing in your child's academic success.


For more about the Novice Investors Program, check out my Financial Fundamentals website. There you will find a detailed bio about my journey from "stock market curious" to brain tumor survivor, to teaching others how to invest with confidence.  

Safe Health Practices 

All participants and staff will make a shared commitment to safe health practices both in and out of our program.


Patricia quickly and accurately assessed Noah’s learning strengths and weaknesses/gaps beyond what two previous major psycho-educational testing reports had found...


Patricia constantly let Noah know that she completely believed in him and was there to help him be successful. She attended to Noah’s academic, cognitive, and emotional needs with endless patience and positivity...

My first grader was bored with math and seeking more challenging problems to solve and Patricia developed engaging enrichment lessons that helped him pursue his love of math.

One aspect of Patricia's approach to tutoring that sets her apart is that she really gets that how a child thinks provides important information about what might be preventing learning... I greatly appreciated Patricia's focus on needing to hear my daughter think out loud before she could make an accurate assessment.

(Patricia) was the first to identify a learning challenge faced by one of my sons that was later diagnosed and treated. If not for her, it likely would have taken several more years before it was identified by the schools.

Tiny School

Limited screen time, Montessori-based, part time academic instruction for individual elementary students or small pods of compatible learners. 3-hour work cycle with instruction and supervised independent work. Flexible scheduling. Collaboration with teachers of students who are dually-enrolled in other schools.

Individual Instruction

Supporting students with remediation, acceleration and enrichment in all academic areas, including math, reading, handwriting, composition, history, grammar, poetics and others.

Children's Storybook

Assessments: Understanding your Child's Learning Needs

Review of educational records, student observation, and standardized assessments to help plan for your child.

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