The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector welcomes twenty new and expanded Montessori programs to the Public Montessori family. Updated 10/21!
Children’s Kiva Charter Montessori School in Cortez, Colorado opens with 70 students from preK (a tuition based program) to 1st-6th grade (tuition free). The school will open a middle school next year. Principal Josh Warinner came from a local public school, part of the Children’s Kiva School’s close collaboration with the Cortez School District. Click here to read more.
Dante Alighieri Montessori School in Boston, Massachusetts is Boston Public School District’s first public Montessori school and serves students ages 3 to 11 in a historic brick school in East Boston. The school grows out of East Boston Early Learning Center’s Montessori program, and students who attended have guaranteed admission at the new school.
Dixie Montessori Academy in Washington City, Utah is a K-7 Montessori charter school developed by a group of private Montessori parents who wanted to make Montessori more widely available to the broader community. The school just opened with 410 students and a mountain view East Coast residents can only dream about. Click here to read more.
Elm City Montessori School in New Haven, Connecticut is the fourth public Montessori in Connecticut and the only local charter in the state, a design that involves a close collaboration with the New Haven School District. ECMS guides are part of the New Haven teacher’s union. Interest in the program has been very high: over 600 families applied for 70 preK and Kindergarten spots. The school offers tuition free preK and all-day Montessori programming including before and after care. The school plans to grow up to 8th grade.
First State Montessori Academy in Wilmington, Delaware is Delaware’s first charter Montessori school, opening this fall with K-6th grade.
Ft. Collins Montessori School in Ft. Collins, Colorado is a charter school that opens with grades preK (tution based) to 3rd grade and will eventually go to 9th grade.
Lee Montessori School in Washington D.C. opens with the mission of using the Montessori method to “close the opportunity gap.” The school opens in a shared school building in the Edgewood neighborhood with three primary and one lower elementary classrooms. Attending students come from all over the DC metro area.
Lowcountry Montessori School in Beaufort, SC opens this fall with students coming in grades K-9. The school will include a high school by 2017. Although South Carolina has many district Montessori schools, this is the second charter Montessori school in the state.
Magnolia Montessori for All in East Austin, Texas is a public charter school that opens with PreK-3rd graders. Families who qualify attend PreK for free, otherwise the tuition is $4,806. Founder, Sara Cotner, who discovered Montessori after teaching as part of Teach for America, plans to open a second charter school, Redbud Montessori for All in San Antonio in 2016. The Magnolia school is located on a temporary structure on nine acres of land which will eventually house their permanent site.
Mata Montessori School is a Dallas, Texas public school that has reopened as a Montessori school for 368 PreK to 2nd grade students. Families in the East Dallas region have priority in enrollment making the school a “neighborhood choice.”
Montessori del Mundo in Aurora, Colorado is a dual language charter school that opens with preK-2nd grade this fall in a renovated warehouse space.
Mountain Village Charter School in Plymouth, NH calls itself the first “nature based” public Montessori school in the country. The school opens with two lower elementary classrooms, and will eventually grow to 150 students in grades K-8. The daily schedule includes a two hour afternoon block of “outdoor adventure” including “unstructured play and guided explorations with nature.” The school is located in a modular building on 38 acres, with plans to build a permanent facility in the future.
Rising Sun Montessori School, El Dorado Hills, California
Trillium Springs Montessori School in Charlotte, North Carolina has opened this year, bringing the total number of Montessori magnets in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools system to five including 4 elementary schools and a middle school. The new school will grow to serve children 4yrs-6th grade.
Viroqua Area Montessori School in Viroqua, Wisconsin opened with two multi-age classrooms serving K4 through third grade, but will ultimately grow to serve K4 through sixth grade. Classrooms currently operate within the Viroqua Elementary School.
A few of the many expanding Programs
Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut is opening its Erdkinder middle school program this fall.
Garden Oaks Public Montessori in Houston, Texas is expanding to a PreK-3 to 8th program. The program has grown from a school within a school format to a full Montessori Magnet program serving 720 students.
Grand Rapids Public Schools Montessori program in Grand Rapids, Michigan is expanding dramatically with the support of School Superintendent, Teresa Weatherall Neal, and a community group called MontessoriGR, dedicated to rebuilding Grand Rapids public Montessori program, one of the oldest in the country as a way to increase student enrollment in the district. In the last year, GRPS has hired a Montessori coordinator and committed to providing $50,000 per year for four years for Montessori teacher training. So far, 25 teachers and two principals have completed Montessori training. “I believed in Montessori a long time ago and I still believe in Montessori today,” said Weatherall Neal.
Malcolm Hursey Elementary School in North Charleston, South Carolina is a Title 1 magnet school which began a partial public Montessori program in 2007 and is shifting to a school-wide Montessori this fall from PreK3 to 8th grade. Click here to read more about the conversion.
Spokane Public Montessori in Washington State has expanded into its own building adding a lower elementary classroom. Next on the agenda is a public preschool and junior high. Click here to read more.
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