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Flint Montessori Elementary Application Window Starts February 26

The 2018-19 Elementary Montessori program is application-based. (Current Flint Montessori Elementary students do not need to re-apply.) The application is available for download now and hard copies are available at the Office of Centralized Enrollment (923 E. Kearsley St.) Students who are currently enrolled in a DTM Montessori Classroom do not need to reapply. However, if you do not plan to continue the program please let Pam Mosher, Supervisor of Early Literacy and Numeracy know before April 30, 2018, call 760-5260 or email pmosher@flintschools.org
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Flint Montessori News

GETTING INTO THE SWING OF THINGS This school year is entering its fourth week, and work in the two elementary classrooms is moving along. Maria Montessori had a term for this process of children finding their rhythm by developing their ability to concentrate, choosing works that appeal to them, and becoming self-disciplined- she called it "normalization." She believed that children become normalized when their developmental needs are met. A Montessori classroom is built around those needs, and the first several weeks of a new year are spent "becoming normalized." What are the signs a child has reached that point? They include having love of order and of work, being able to concentrate, appreciating silence and working alone, having the power to act from real choices, showing independence and initiative, and being joyful.
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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.