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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

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.
Shop the Scholastic Book Fair! Featured Photo

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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Join us for the Spring Fling!

Join us for the annual MCHD Spring Fling this Saturday, April 28th (11am-3pm)! Games, prizes, balloon art and a bounce house. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors! The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open- come shop and support MCHD!

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!

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