Why The Montessori School

It seems like one of the most important decisions in parenthood is where to send your children to school. 

We want our children to be kind, well-rounded, and able to do anything they put their minds to. We want them to explore every opportunity and learn to make quality, independent decisions. With these goals in mind, deciding the best avenue for their education can be overwhelming.

With campus locations in both Kalamazoo and Richland, The Montessori School’s mission is to provide a high-quality, comprehensive education that fosters a child’s love of learning and addresses the whole child academically, emotionally, and socially.

The Montessori School has been a part of Southwest Michigan and the Kalamazoo community since 1972 and has earned a reputation for helping all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace.

Children ages 3 to 12 will be able to take advantage of a variety of programs including bilingual education and internships with local businesses. 


Meeting the Needs of Family Life

Before- and after-school childcare is available to all students enrolled in The Montessori School from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM during the regular school year at both the Kalamazoo and Richland campuses. Summer programs and childcare are available to all students.

Before, during, and after school, highly qualified and credentialed teachers and support staff provide an educational experience rooted in the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Known as the Montessori method, this teaching style emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and a respect for the child.

NEW All-Year Montessori Option

A new All-Year Montessori classroom will be offered at the school’s Kalamazoo campus beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

The All-Year Montessori classroom is designed for students who participate in the preschool or kindergarten programs as well as before- and after- school care. By grouping these students into a single classroom, transitions between the childcare and classroom sections of the day will be eliminated. Children will arrive and depart at similar times, creating a more focused and cohesive environment for learning and bonding.

The All-Year Montessori classroom offers families in need of a preschool or kindergarten program, as well as childcare, a 2-in-1 option,” said Ann Pilzner, Head of School for The Montessori School. “Creating a close, year-round community of children with similar schedules allows for more uninterrupted work time without mid-day pick-up and drop-off distractions.”

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Growing with the Community

Due to demand, the expansion of Montessori’s programs, and in an effort to meet the needs of interested families, The Montessori School has also physically expanded to allow more students the opportunity at a quality education. Space adjacent to the existing Kalamazoo campus was purchased in 2018.

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the 710 Howard Street building will house the school’s existing elementary program as well as the new sixth-year program.


Learn More about The Montessori School

The Montessori School is excited to welcome new students and families by expanding their capacity. To learn more about the gifts that The Montessori School can offer your child, visit the website or call 269-349-3248 to schedule a tour and classroom visit.

750 Howard Street, Kalamazoo Campus & 6274 N. 32nd Street, Richland Campus

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