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icon of a deskChesterbrook Montessori School conducts half-day and full-day programs. Children attend school five days a week to ensure consistency and continuity. Your child's regular attendance is expected, since this supports the success of his/her school experience.

In general, children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30 may start the Full-Day Montessori Program in September. Children who turn 5 between Oct. 1 and Jan. 1 may be admitted to the Full-Day Montessori program in January, provided that a financial commitment is made to enroll the child for the following school year.

Program Times Days
Half-Day Program 9am-12pm Monday-Friday
Extended-Day Program* 9am-3pm
Full-Day Montessori Program* 9am-3pm
Infant/Toddler 8:30-11:45 am Monday-Thursday

*Extended-Day Program and Full-Day Montessori Program students are on a Half-Day schedule for the first few weeks of school in order to ease transition to the school routine. See school calendar for first full day of school, which is typically in late September.

Primary Montessori: A Three Year Commitment
2 years, 9 months—6 years

A Montessori education is a cumulative process that develops a child's capacity for life-long learning. This happens through a period of time that allows a child to gain independence, build confidence and concentrate and absorb the Montessori tools and work. Essentially, we open up a child’s curious nature toward education through the work provided, taught and achieved. This is a building block that starts at age 2.5/3 and continues through the ‘kindergarten’ year. The kindergarten year is the culmination of this learning when the child internalizes these early concrete experiences, building a strong educational foundation. The value of the first two years cannot be fully realized if the child does not continue working with the Montessori materials to complete the three-year cycle.

Each Montessori student will spend two years learning skills on the road to becoming leaders. They build confidence as they guide their younger peers and become mentors in their environment. This style of education builds strength and security, so that the child can comprehend abstract concepts and jump into more challenging work.As they develop, Montessori students use concrete materials to experience academic subjects such as math and reading. In the final year, they continue work with core classroom materials, using them as a bridge into more abstract thinking. During the kindergarten year, students engage in reading, writing and paper-and-pencil math exercises. Many parents are amazed when a student 'magically' explodes into reading and math and become less reliant on hands-on materials. It does seem like magic but really it is the culmination of two years of Montessori education.

Toddler Community:
16 months—2years, 9months

A Caring and Respectful Community: The absorbent mind develops quickly in the first three years of life. Children in our Infant/Toddler community learn through sensory development. This natural development is harnessed in Montessori School. Chesterbrook provides a prepared environment that supports our children to become independent and confident. During this incredible time in a child’s life, the Montessori education fosters a child’s natural tendency desire to learn and do for themselves.

The Montessori toddler environment is set up much like a home, with distinct areas for preparing food, eating, changing clothes, toileting, group activities, individual work and quiet moments.

By allowing the child to develop relationships with adults and children outside her own family, however, the Toddler Community offers opportunities beyond those typically available in a family home. Developing relationships builds social skills and helps the child understand her relationship to her community and environment. She now broadens her idea of her contribution to the world. Coming into the Toddler community, students see themselves as an individual ready for this living environment that offers opportunities for social interaction, independence, self expression, as well as small and large motor development.

The Classroom Experience

Teachers of Montessori understand that every child is unique. Each child is observed in order to be understood of their development levels.

child iconThe Child:
The child enters the Montessori Toddler Community at 16 months. Entering the community of 11 peers, she/he takes on a new role. Offered the new experiences and opportunities, she explores her own capabilities and grows with each challenge.

child iconThe Guide’s Role:
All of our Montessori teachers hold a Master’s Degree with a specialization in Montessori education. The assistant teachers in the classroom all have an education in Montessori and are accredited as assistant teachers by the Montessori Associations.