In 1981, school founder, William and Katie Thompson spent a year with their family in Scotland, where they became inspired by innovative approaches to education. Katie’s convictions about early childhood education and her amazing love of children culminated in the founding of the Sheepscot Valley Children’s House, an alternative preschool in Wiscasset, where she acted as director until 1992. Her boundless enthusiasm and creativity are still apparent in the spirit that remains the cornerstone of the school today. Thompson, a retired architect, designed Sheepscot Valley in small-scale to make the environment less scary and more inviting for younger children. The school has expanded to include a toddler program, preschool and PreK-Kindergarten and First Grade. The school sits on 3 acres overlooking the Sheepscot River on Federal Street in Wiscasset, Maine.