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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
500
combined hours of continuing education completed by our staff
1977
MCHD was founded by a diverse group of Durham families
1st
school in NC accredited by the American Montessori Society

News & Announcements

Toddler Tour and Information Session Featured Photo

Toddler Tour and Information Session

Explore a Montessori Children's House of Durham Toddler Classroom and learn more about a Montessori education. Join us for a Toddler Tour and Information Session (parents only) on Wednesday, July 18th from 3:30-4:30pm. The half-day or full-day toddler classes (for children ages 18 months to 3 years-old) are designed to develop language, cognitive and motor abilities. They focus on modeling social skills and graces, finding friendships, and instilling collaborative work while uniting the toddler's strong sense of independence with practical success. Now enrolling! If you are unable to attend during this session, please email natalie@mchdurham.org to schedule a personal tour.
Learn more about our camp options! Featured Photo

Learn more about our camp options!

With options for children aged 3 -14, students will express creativity while refining artistic skills in art and pottery camps, design and animate mobile apps with local provider Stem4Kids, delve into the world of musical theater, learn all about cats, get creative in the kitchen, etc. Check out all of the options!

End-of-Year Celebrations

Parents and/or caregivers are invited to the following year-end celebrations: Early Childhood and Kindergarten Watermelon Party (Friday, June 1st at 11:00 -11:45am on the Early Childhood playground); All-Day Toddler Lemonade Party (Friday, June 1st at 3:15-3:45pm in the all-day toddler classroom); 5-Day Toddler Lemonade Party (Friday, June 1st at 11:30am-12:00pm in the 5-day toddler classroom); 3-Day Toddler Lemonade Party (Thursday, May 31st at 11:30am-12:00pm in the 3-day toddler classroom); Elementary students are dismissed at 12:15 on the last day of school (Friday, June 1st) unless regularly enrolled in After School. Drop-in care is not available on the last day of school.
Upper Elementary Presentation Night Featured Photo

Upper Elementary Presentation Night

All MCHD families are invited to the Upper Elementary student presentation night on Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 in the Multi-Purpose room. They will share about their Montessori Model United Nations trip to New York City, their humans closest relatives study,  and their auto-biographies. They will also share some music they have been practicing. Join us as we celebrate the growth and achievements of these remarkable students.

Join us for the MCHD Spring Picnic!

The picnic is on Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30-7pm on the Early Childhood Playground. Bring dinner (and beverages) for your family and something to sit on (blankets or chairs). Rain date is Thursday, May 17th. Make plans to join current and future MCHD families for this cherished event.
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Shop the Scholastic Book Fair!

The MCHD Scholastic Book Fair will continue through Thursday. Stop by the Early Childhood building to shop from 11:45am-12:30pm, or 2:45-3:30pm this week. Parents, grandparents and other friends can also join in the fun by shopping MCHD's online book fair. Teachers have also been asked to provide their book wishlists so we can help stock their libraries with fresh materials. As you build your own library, also consider donating older books to our annual collection drive for Book Harvest. We have boxes for donations available at the book fair.

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