Montessori Partners Serving All Children
Saint Paul, Minnesota
has been instrumental in the founding of , situated next to a public housing development where families from all over the world are transitioning to new lives, and , a Spanish language Children’s House in South Minneapolis. Montessori Partners has also supported the founding of an American Indian program that offers both Dakota and Ojibwe language, and the first Hmong Montessori program in the world. All of these environments demonstrate the unparalleled adaptability of the Montessori approach as it respects and builds on the cultural experience of children and their families.
City Garden School
Saint Louis, Missouri
demonstrates how a community’s intentional commitment to fighting racism intersects with its Montessori philosophy, transforming students, families, teachers, and the community beyond the school. The racial tension and segregation experienced in St. Louis led City Garden’s executive director Christie Huck and her colleagues to establish a racially integrated Montessori program that practices the grace, courtesy, and comprehensive learning that grounds the Montessori approach.
Lake Country School
is an independent Montessori school that serves children from three years old through eighth grade. This story focuses on how the school empowers adolescents through a residency on a land school in rural Wisconsin as well as an Odyssey trip and 100-mile bike adventure. The Lake Country junior high program is highly regarded as a model for applying the Montessori methodology to adolescent education, focusing on the developmental needs of the adolescent and nurturing their nascent adulthood.
Milwaukee Public School District
is home to the largest district Montessori program in the country, with seven schools serving students from pre-school through high school. This story focuses on MacDowell Montessori’s high school program. Public Montessori schools in Milwaukee demonstrate how key elements, including the availability of high-level teacher training, internal school district support, and a strong parent and educator advocacy community have come together to make widespread Montessori education possible.