Zimtor Elementary School is operated by Zimtor Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The corporation is administered by a three-member, self-perpetuating board which is responsible for broad policy decisions. Day-to-day operating decisions are the responsibility of the school director.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy in 1873. Tolstoy started a progressive school in 1859 for the peasant children who lived at Yasnaya Polyana, his ancestral estate in western Russia. Although the school was short-lived and had little influence at the time, Tolstoy's written records regarding the school were important to later generations of progressive educators.