Frequently Asked Questions

Is North Shore Montessori School new?

We opened in the summer of 2013 and completed our first full school year in June 2014. Our growth has been planned and steady. In the fall of 2017 we began our Adolescent Program for grades 7-9, making North Shore Montessori School the only Pre-K through grade 9 Montessori offering on the north shore. It is not our aim to be the biggest Montessori school, just large enough to give children the optimal school experience including diverse social groups, after-school activities, wrap-around care and exemplary programming.

What makes North Shore Montessori School different?

  • Children must be potty-trained in order to start school; however, we are able to hold a spot if the child is close to mastering this.

  • North Shore Montessori School does have rolling admissions, which means children may begin at any point in the school year, if there is space available.

  • Optimally, children begin Montessori school around age three when they are entering what Dr. Montessori termed the absorbent period. Many Montessori schools will not accept children after age 3 or 4; however, North Shore Montessori School will accept children at any age, if deemed a good fit.

  • When a child is being enrolled after the age of three, we may recommend a trial day.

  • Classrooms will be balanced by age and gender, so it is recommended to apply early.

The word "Montessori" can't be trademarked, so any program can call itself "Montessori". In order to maintain the high standards of a genuine Montessori education, Dr. Maria Montessori established the Association Montessori International (AMI). To be recognized by AMI schools must have AMI-certified teachers, mixed age classrooms, (typically ages 3-6, 6-9, etc.), class sizes of 24-35, and the full spectrum of Montessori materials in use in the classroom. Children also must have 3 hours per morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon of uninterrupted work time. Every three years AMI schools are required to have an AMI trainer visit the school for a complete consultation.

What are some of your other values?

Development of the whole child is taken seriously at North Shore Montessori School. We model behaviors that are emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy. This includes eating nutritious foods, spending time in the outdoors, and being polite and courteous at all times. We all practice being respectful to each other, the children, their parents, caregivers, and guests to our school.

What is important in a school's physical environment?

Dr. Montessori believed that a school's physical environment was very important. It should be beautiful, clean, well ventilated, and have plenty of windows for natural sunlight. Our classrooms are uncluttered, minimizing distractions and encouraging concentration. They buzz with the sound of busy workers. Live plants, beautiful artwork, and a variety of pets make it feel like home. We even have air conditioning, making the summer programming comfortable regardless of the heat and humidity. Our school environment has been praised for being warm and inviting, a place you would want to spend your day.

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Addition of the Adolescent Program14-Sep-2017

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The 2017/2018 School Year Begins05-Sep-2017

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