Flint Community Schools is committed to providing excellent choices in public education, including a public Montessori program. In 2017-18, this includes a Montessori elementary kindergarten through second grade program and a Montessori pre-kindergarten class. The vision for the program is to expand Montessori offerings through at least middle school based on the level of families’ interest. Flint Community Schools has partnered with a community group, Montessori for Flint, to provide exceptional learning experiences.
Flint’s Montessori Elementary
Flint Community Schools offers a kindergarten through second grade Montessori program that is free and open to any student living in Genesee County. Flint’s Montessori Elementary is:
Housed within Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary as a “school within a school.”
Taught by certified teachers who have additional training and experience in Montessori elementary education
Free and open to any student living in Genesee County
Enrollment in Flint’s Montessori Elementary program for the 2017-18 school year is now open. Families may enroll by visiting the Office of Centralized Enrollment, located at the Flint Community Schools Administration Building at 923 E. Kearsley St. Please see enrollment for additional details.
If you are not yet ready to enroll and would like more information, please complete an interest form.
Flint Montessori Preschool
Starting in the fall of 2017, Flint Community Schools plans to offer a Montessori pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds, providing a natural pipeline from preschool to elementary school for families wishing to choose Montessori education. Additional details on enrollment will be forthcoming. To receive updates, please complete an interest form.
Families’ interest helps shape future Montessori offerings. If you are interested in additional Montessori preschool options, including for younger children (infants, toddlers, or three-year-olds) or private-pay, please complete an interest form. Your input matters.
What is Montessori?
Montessori education uses different teaching and learning methods than a traditional classroom. Montessori programs offer students the opportunity to learn:
At their own pace and enjoy freedom within limits
From each other in a multi-age classroom
With hands-on materials, moving from concrete to abstract concepts
With a teacher in a classroom environment that follows kids’ natural curiosity
A Montessori classroom also looks and feels different. The teacher rarely instructs from the front of the room, using demonstrations instead to introduce new materials and often working on the floor, at a table one-on-one or with small groups of students. There are no rows of desks and chairs, but many shelves to store the materials and mats that children carefully unroll to do their work on the floor.
For more information on Montessori education, visit Montessori for Flint’s website or download Montessori in a Nutshell, which gives an overview.