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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

Diversity and Inclusion Symposium

Please mark your calendars for our first MCHD Diversity and Inclusion Symposium, facilitated entirely by current MCHD parents. The symposium will be held on March 3rd from 8:45am-11:00am. Please register to attend so we know how many to plan for. Free childcare is available with registration (use the link in your announcement newsletter). We will hear from: Kumi Silva, Elementary Parent, on Talking to Children About Race and Immigration Sarah Kate Fishback, Kindergarten Parent, on Advocating for Social Justice Grace Bell, Early Childhood Parent, on Diversity in Children's Literature Catherine Lidov, Elementary Parent, on Stress, Worry, Fear, Anxiety---What's Normal? Please register to attend and contact the office with any questions.


Visit and meet administrators and teachers at this special event. The Diversity Teacher Hiring Fair will be held on Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Duke School (3716 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC 27705). Please attend or share with friends who may be interested. MCHD is helping to sponsor this fair and will be represented by MCHD staff. Please register with this link if you plan to attend.
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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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