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Welcome to MCHD

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

16
languages spoken in our families' homes
40
countries our families have lived in
100%
lead teachers are Montessori-certified
213
combined years' teaching experience
617
lunches prepared by students for local food bank
2608
diapers collected for NC Diaper Bank
1977
MCHD was founded by a diverse group of Durham families
1st
school in NC accredited by the American Montessori Society

News & Announcements

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New Parent Orientation

We ask that all parents of new students of any age join us in the Multipurpose Building at 10:30 on Friday, August 25th for a new parent orientation to learn school procedures and to discuss the school year. This will also be a great opportunity to meet other new parents and the office staff. We have a lot of very valuable information that we want our new families to know as the school year begins. Due to the amount of information we need to cover we will begin promptly at 10:35.
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Join our Summer Camp fun!

Register now for the remaining weeks of summer camp. From swimming to musical theater to computer programming, we still have a few spaces available.
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Watermelon Party!

Come celebrate the end of a great year with us! All Early Childhood and Kindergarten classes will gather on the playground for plenty of watermelon and fun.

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