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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

Enrollment Application Deadline (Second Round) is Friday, April 20th!

Apply by Friday, April 20th to be considered for remaining 2018-19 school year openings. We have limited remaining spaces in our Toddler program, in our Early Childhood program (for 4-year olds or Kindergartners), and for 1st-3rd graders in our Lower Elementary program. We have the maximum number of 3-year olds for our Early Childhood classes and our Upper Elementary class is full for the 2018-19 school year. If you would like to be in the waitpool, please follow the application procedures.
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Support the MCHD Soccer Team!

Come out to MCS (4512 Pope Rd, Durham, NC 27707) on Friday, April 13th at 3:45pm to support MCHD's Upper Elementary soccer team!

Sign up for a fun, creative week of Spring Break camp! (April 2nd-6th)

We are partnering with the Scrap Exchange for this year's Spring Break Camp! Elementary students will take things apart...every child's dream! Then we will transform pieces back to a new form, a new building, or a new machine. Early Childhood students will explore different materials to build art in all sizes, shapes, and forms! The Scrap Exchange Instructors will work with the children for an hour during the morning between 10 and 11 am. They will be guiding our Early Childhood children on Monday and Tuesday, and then  the Elementary children on Wednesday and Thursday. During the afternoon, the children will continue working on their projects if they wish. The rest of the week will be filled with outdoor games and indoor activities with friends. Registrations can be made through the online portal.

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.

DIVERSITY TEACHER HIRING FAIR FOR TRIANGLE PRIVATE SCHOOLS - Saturday, Feb.24

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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