We encourage school tours which give you an opportunity to view the classrooms outside of class time, tour the facility and grounds, and go over enrollment options with the Administrative Director. Children are welcome on school tours.
In addition, we highly recommend scheduling a 15-20 minute classroom observation session. You will be shown to a seat in the classroom that allows you to observe the students as they go about their day, the quiet purposefulness of their activities and interactions, and their enjoyment of their work. It's a glimpse at a typical school day. Afterwards, one of our experienced Montessori-Trained Directors will be happy to answer any questions.
The Montessori Toddler Program is for children ages 16 months to 3 years old and is offered two to five days a week from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The toddler classrooms are comprised of three smaller connected rooms that the children can move freely between, with 5 - 6 students in any one room at a time, and a maximum ratio of one adult for every six children or less. This program introduces age-appropriate educational, sensorial and motor-development activities; some sign language; lots of outdoor time; and introduces children to the classroom routine and structure. Toddlers also enjoy daily seasonal walks in our wagons.
The Montessori Primary Program (preschool) is for children between the age of 2 years, 8 months (by Sept. 1st) and 6 years old and is offered three to five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Primary class has a maximum ratio of one adult for every eight children.
In this program we promote independence; work on fine motor skills through skill building activities; encourage children to explore, care for, and respect their environment; introduce subjects such as reading, math, writing, geography, culture, science, music and art; and learn grace and courtesy. Lessons and materials are chosen to engage and challenge children at all developmental levels. Primary students also enjoy outdoor time and the occasional walking field trip in the neighborhood.
Primary Full Day Class Option - Kindergarten age children and older students who have outgrown an afternoon nap may enroll in the Full Day Class option, which extends their class day to 3:00 p.m. Students staying for the 12:30 aftercare option and full day students will enjoy extended outdoor time before eating lunch together. After lunch the children staying for aftercare head to the nap rooms. The full day class students then merge into one Primary classroom, where after a 1/2 hour rest time with a quiet activity, they begin an afternoon work cycle where they may explore the lessons and materials in greater depth with the teacher, work on projects related to the current area of study, or finish work they began during the morning work cycle.
Pre-care & Aftercare
Normal class drop off time is 8:15-8:30 a.m. Pre-care is available from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and aftercare may be added until 12:30, 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 p.m. We give a 15 minute pick-up window for each option (so 5:15 p.m. is the latest you may pick up). Late pick-ups result in additional fees.
We follow a traditional school calendar with all the usual holidays, teacher workshop days, and vacation breaks. However, for an additional fee, child care may be offered during the February and April vacation breaks if we have a minimum number of six children signed up. We will open each day that we reach the minimum of six children signed up. Sign-up sheets are distributed to families prior to each vacation week.
We offer eight weeks of Summer Camp, with flexible scheduling options. Children may be signed up for one week or up to all eight weeks, and have a choice of half days 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or full days 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and three days or five days. Camp pre-care from 8-9 a.m. and after-care until 4 or 5 p.m. may be added. We will offer four different themes, each lasting two weeks.
In a Montessori toddler or preschool classroom most students are being exposed to various art forms for the first time, and it is an opportunity to lay the foundation that the arts are connected to everything. Arts enrichment lessons enhance classroom learning. In the Toddler Program dance and music movement classes are held during the morning program. Primary Program students who stay for 4 p.m. aftercare may enjoy dance, music and art lessons in the afternoon, with lessons held at 3:15 p.m. For more information click here.