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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 our Open House!

You and your children can explore our classrooms and playgrounds. Teachers and current parents will be available to answer your questions about the curriculum, philosophy, and culture of our school. If you are unable to drop-in during this time frame, please contact to set up a personal tour and classroom observation appointment!

Warm Clothing Drive

One of our All-Day Toddler Assistant Teachers, Dayane Friedkin, is coordinating a warm clothing drive with the MSD Community Connections Committee as our fall community service project. Donations of warm clothes, gloves, scarves, coats, and shoes are needed in all sizes for all ages. Dayane meets with a group (Coffee com Amor) each weekend to serve a meal to homeless people in downtown Durham. In November, they will distribute the warm clothing donations. Please drop off all donations in the bin in the front office by Friday, Nov. 8th.
Elementary Program Tour & Info Session Featured Photo

Elementary Program Tour & Info Session

Join us for one of the Elementary Tour and Info Sessions (Oct. 28th 6-7:30pm or Nov. 11th 9-10:30am). Learn about Montessori in the Elementary years, ages 6 to 12. We will discuss Maria Montessori’s philosophy on the second plane of development and the highlights of the Elementary programs at MSD.

Diversity & Inclusion Community Conversations

Community Conversations is an initiative of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at MSD. The goal is to create a space for conversations on topics salient to the community. We come together to share our questions, experiences and knowledge in order to support each other as parents, caregivers, and educators. Our first conversation is scheduled for October 19th, 10-11:30am and will be about media and its impact. Please register to attend. We are also offering free childcare in the After School building. If you are unable to attend this gathering, we hope you can join us for future conversations and for the Spring Diversity and Inclusion Symposium. If you are a parent or caregiver interested in leading a community conversation, please contact Diversity and Inclusion committee chair, SK Fishback at
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Happy International Peace Day!

In celebration, MSD has officially become a World Peace site. We commit to these five Peace Actions: seek peace within yourself and others, reach out in service, protect the environment, respect diversity, and be a responsible citizen of the world.

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