Learn how a Montessori education can prepare your child for life.

"We do not say that we want to prepare a school for the children, we wish to prepare an environment for life, where the child can develop a life." -Maria Montessori

Modern neuroscience confirms that classic Montessori methods promote problem solving, independent thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

Why Montessori? Prepare your child.

Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform [them] into the world." -Maria Montessori

This transformation begins in our prepared environments that foster the
development of order, concentration, coordination, and independence in a gentle atmosphere of respect, care, grace, and courtesy. 

Explore our transformative programs.

Young child putting their art on the wall

“No one can be free unless [they are] independent. Therefore, the first active manifestations of the child's individual liberty must be so guided that through this activity he may arrive at independence.”

At Montessori School of Durham, the child is in the process of becoming.

MSD graduates become

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We invite prospective parents to an Open House on Sunday, January 7th, 2024 from 3-5pm (2800 Pickett Rd. Durham NC 27705) 

MSD's Open House is a chance for prospective families to talk with teachers and explore the classrooms and playgrounds. MSD offers an authentic Montessori education for children ages Infant through the 6th grade, and after-school care is also available. Current parents will be on hand during Open House to answer questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Chalk for Justice

Montessori School of Durham's Rainbow Club invites you to our Solidarity Week: Chalk for Justice event on Monday, November 13th from 3:15pm-4:30pm.

All children and grown ups are welcome to join us in creating and sharing artwork and messages of solidarity and justice along the MSD car line sidewalk. We will meet at the MSD Peace Pole (next to the Toddler & Early Childhood buildings) at 3:15pm and will start by singing songs of solidarity.

We are hosting this event in support of GLSEN's Solidarity Week 2023. Solidarity Week is a student-powered campaign dedicated to building collective support for LGBTQ+ students and educators. Our goal is to help our school's families learn about and practice solidarity across different and intersecting identities. Solidarity work happens in many forms and on many different issues. The important part of understanding solidarity work is that collective action is powerful in enacting change. In fact, solidarity can either be the biggest threat to oppression or one of the biggest allies in upholding and reinforcing it. Showing up (or not) makes all the difference.

MSD admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, age, citizenship, military status, and genetic information to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. MSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, age, citizenship, military status, and genetic information in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan program, hiring policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.