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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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Diaper Drive

MCHD is excited to partner with the NC Diaper Bank to collect diapers for local families. Bring diapers to drop-off through Tuesday, December 19th. Both opened and unopened units of diapers are accepted. Size 5, 3T-4T pull ups (boys), wipes, and feminine hygiene products are especially needed. Thanks for your support of this project!

"Character Matters" performed by Upper Elementary

You are invited to the MCHD Upper Elementary musical "Character Matters" on Monday, December 18th at 6:30pm in the Multi-Purpose room. They will stage a Fairy Tale Advice Council Meeting to offer constructive solutions to well-known story book characters. Baby Bear learns to forgive Goldilocks, Humpty Dumpty decides to take responsibility for his actions, and much more! Come see our poised and confident Upper Elementary leaders and the fruits of their Montessori education as they perform their musical!
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Giving Tuesday

Consider supporting the MCHD playing field this Giving Tuesday! Donate online. MCHD School Board’s Development Committee is guiding the efforts to build a turf playing field on campus (next to the Multi-Purpose room) to replace the empty mulch patch. We’ve lined up a contractor to make a more permanent 40 foot by 60 foot playing field suitable for soccer, volleyball, and badminton. They’ll build a retaining wall, fix drainage issues, and add artificial turf and fences. They’ll even provide attachment points for volleyball nets and other equipment. The entire project totals $60,000 and we’re hoping to break ground next summer (2018). Through donations and pledges, we’ve already raised about half of that! We’re hoping other MCHD families or friends will consider pledging to our campaign, either through monthly, semi-annual, annual, or one-time gifts.
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Interactive Open House

Prospective Families are invited to MCHD for an Interactive Open House. This hands-on interaction with the teachers, materials, and classroom will be held on Monday, October 30th at 9am or 11:30am. This event is for parents only. RSVP to reserve your space at either session.
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Meals for Urban Ministries of Durham

Urban Ministries of Durham needs our help to provide lunches for the homeless right here in our community. Join in sharing this experience and the lessons that go with such an endeavor with our students! The Community Connections Committee is coordinating this annual community service project. Click to learn more and to sign up to donate.

Calendar of Events

UEL Play

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Dec 18

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