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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

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
diapers collected for NC Diaper Bank
MCHD was founded by a diverse group of Durham families
school in NC accredited by the American Montessori Society

News & Announcements

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International Peace Day

International Peace Day is Thursday, September 21st. In the classrooms, the children will be singing peace around the world, joining their voices with children in thousands of Montessori schools around the world.

No-School Camp Registration

No-school Camp is offered to all MCHD students (except Toddlers) on most Teacher Workdays, Parent/Teacher Conference Days, and Spring break. The first No-School camp will be held on September 29th for the Teacher Workday. The deadline to register for this No-School camp is Tuesday, September 19th. Registrations can be made through the online parent portal. The MCHD Calendar is a good resource for keeping track of NSC days. There is NO drop-in care on No-school Camp days. Space is reserved on a First-Come, First-Serve basis. Registrations received after the deadline will be placed on a wait-list.
Pasta Tuesday and Pizza Friday Featured Photo

Pasta Tuesday and Pizza Friday

Support the Upper Elementary trip to NYC for the Montessori Model United Nations with these beloved fundraisers: Pasta Tuesdays (available to Elementary students) and Pizza Fridays (available to After School, Kindergarten, and Elementary students) are lunch fundraisers to support their spring trip. This school year, the registrations are for the full year (rather than by semester). Online registrations forms can be found in the Parnet Resources section of the website. Payment is due in the office no later than Wednesday, September 13th. With questions, please contact
MCHD All-School Fall Picnic Featured Photo

MCHD All-School Fall Picnic

The MCHD Parents Association invites you to our All-School Fall Picnic at Little River Regional Park Picnic Shelter (301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont, NC 27572) on Sunday, September 10th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Please bring drinks for your family and a dish to share with the MCHD community (with serving utensil). Some picnic tables are at the park, but you may also bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for seating in the grassy area. The Parents’ Association will provide plates, utensils & napkins. Gather your family and come visit with friends old and new!

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