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Our primary entry level for new students is at 3 years old, but we admit students 18-36 months old for our Toddler program, and generally have openings for 4– and 5-year-olds and elementary-age students each year.

MCHD offers you several ways to get to know our school and the Montessori method, and to meet our faculty.

Tour and Information Sessions
MCHD invites you to attend an upcoming Tour and Information Session. Join other prospective parents for a tour of our campus (not including classrooms in session) and a conversation with an Admissions representative about Montessori philosophy, curriculum, the admissions process, or any questions you may have. These optional gatherings are a great way to learn more about MCHD with only an hour's committment.

Upcoming dates include:
Thursday, March 26
Tuesday, April 21
Friday, May 22

All Tour and Information Sessions are from 9-10am. Call us at (919) 489-9045 or email at to let us know you'll join us!

Classroom Observations
Beginning mid-November of each school year, MCHD welcomes you to observe in our classrooms. An observation provides the best way to see Montessori education in action as practiced at MCHD, and is a required part of the application process. We recommend that you plan to be in the classroom for an hour, and we ask that you do not bring children with you. After your observation, you will be able to meet with the Head of School to answer any questions about the school or the admissions process.

Optimal times for observations for Early Childhood and Kindergarten are Monday - Friday beginning at 9:00 or 9:30; for Elementary, Monday - Thursday between 8:30 and 11; and for Toddler, daily beginning 9:30 or 10:30.

Please call us at 489-9045 to schedule a visit.

Open House
MCHD hosts an Open House each year, in the winter before the application deadline. Our next Open House will be Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m. Families are welcome to arrive at any time during that period, but be sure to give yourself enough time to walk through classrooms at different program levels, speak with teachers, and meet current parents. Though children are welcome to attend, we recommend that you consider making other arrangements so that you can have extended conversations while you’re here.

American Montessori Society
The American Montessori Society provides information about Montessori education to parents. Visit their website at

Montessori Children’s House of Durham does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, family structure, or national or ethnic origin, in admissions, programs, employment, financial assistance, activities, use of facilities, or privileges.