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Welcome to Montessori School of Durham

Igniting passion and curiosity for lifelong learning.

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

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Join us for summer camp!

It is not too late to join us for summer camp! Check out the weekly (half-day or full-day) camp options for children ages 3-14.

Spring Fling

Join us this Saturday, April 27th (11am-3pm) for the MSD Spring Fling on the Early Childhood playground! Feel free to bring friends and neighbors! Tickets for games and the bake sale will be sold in the dismissal shelter. Saturday is also the first day of the Scholastic Book Fair.
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Register for Summer Camp!

Register today ! With options for children aged 3 -14, students will express creativity in art and pottery camps, perform musical theater, study in "little veterinarian school", get creative in the kitchen, and choreograph a hip-hop dance routine!
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Diversity & Inclusion Symposium 2019

The Montessori School of Durham Diversity & Inclusion Committee invites you to the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium on Saturday, March 2nd from 9am-12pm. Join us as we hear from current MSD parents: Corinne Matthes (Elementary Parent, speaking on Neurodiversity in Montessori Communities: Bringing Awareness to Different Learning Styles); Erika Wilson (Elementary Parent, speaking on Color Blind Racism: The Persistence of Racial Inequalities in the U.S.); Vernetta Alston (Toddler Parent speaking on LGBTQ Inclusion and Policy Making) One of our librarian parents will have a table of books highlighting diversity. RSVP by emailing

Diversity Teacher Hiring Fair for Triangle Private Schools

Visit and meet with administrators and teachers from ten local independent schools at the third annual Diversity Teacher Job Fair.  The Diversity Teacher Job Fair will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill (4011 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705). Please attend or share with friends who may be interested. MSD is helping to sponsor this fair and will be represented by MSD staff. Please click the story to access the registration page.
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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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