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Welcome to Montessori School of Durham

In all the world, there is not one single person on the same path as your child.

Find an educational environment that is constantly evolving and customizing itself to meet your child’s unique individual strengths and preferences.  
We hope the information you find here raises questions and equips you with answers that you will take with you on your process as you search for an educational environment that is the right fit for your child.
Wondering what "Montessori" is all about?  It's not just for hippies.  Learn more on our "Why Montessori" page.  
But there are a lot of Montessori schools in the area.  Why should you choose MCHD?  I'm glad you asked.  We'll tell you on our "Why MCHD" page
We've got lot of information to share with you; things like what a child who attends a Montessori school grows up to be, what our classrooms are really like, how the admissions process works, and more.  Explore our site, and ask questions when you're ready (try our "Contact" page).    
We're glad you're here, and we'll be excited to meet you soon.    
In a nutshell:
Each Montessori class, from toddlers through high school, operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules which differs from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs – respect for each other and for the environment. 

Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on her/his observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials she may introduce to an individual child or to a small or large group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.
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By the Numbers

languages spoken in our families' homes
countries our families have lived in
lead teachers are Montessori-certified
combined years' teaching experience
lunches prepared by students for local food bank
combined hours of continuing education completed by our staff
MCHD was founded by a diverse group of Durham families
school in NC accredited by the American Montessori Society

News & Announcements

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Spring Enrichment Registration

Register today! Enrichment classes are available to children in Early Childhood and Elementary. Read more about the course offerings and register online. Non-MSD students (siblings and friends are also welcome to enroll in Enrichment classes. With questions, please contact Griet, the Director of Auxiliary Programs, at The deadline to register is 6pm on Tuesday, January 15th.
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Donate to the MSD Annual Fund

Please take part in this year's Annual Fund. This is a terrific opportunity to demonstrate gratitude to this community. The money we raise will support MSD’s financial aid efforts and will also purchase campus improvements specifically requested by our staff. One family has pledged to match donations made through #GivingTuesday (up to $5000).

School Photo Orders Due

Photo proofs and orders are due (Early Childhood and Elementary families) on Friday, October 19th. Even if you do not make an order, the proofs must be returned to the office. The class photo proofs are at the front door of the office for you to check out if you would like to order that as well.

Parent Education Night with Dr. Laura Flores Shaw and Dr. Steven Hughes

As part of a national speaking tour, Dr. Steven Hughes, pediatric neuropsychologist, and Dr. Laura Flores Shaw, adjunct professor at John Hopkins University, will join us on Thursday, November 29th from 6:30-8:30 to share the latest research on brain development and how it relates to your child’s education. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to engage Dr. Shaw and Dr. Hughes to come to MSD while they’re on their national tour to share this very important research with our parents. The number of spaces is limited so please click to register to ensure your spot and to learn more. Due to the fact the event will not end until after bedtime for our students, we will not be offering childcare so be sure to schedule your own childcare so that you don’t miss this event!

Coffee with the Head of School

Tammy Squires will host Coffee with the Head at 8:30am on Thursday, October 18th in the office conference room. Join Tammy and others for this casual, candid conversation. Bring your questions or concerns! Coffees are held bi-monthly and are open to all. Space is limited, so sign up to join (click on this story to register).

No School on Friday & Picture Day Monday

Friday, September 28th is a Teacher Workday. We have a No-School camp for Early Childhood and Elementary children who have already registered. Monday, October 1st is School Picture Day (for Early Childhood through Elementary students). Individual, Sibling and Class photos will be taken and will be available for order. Toddlers classes have a separate picture day scheduled later in the year.

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