Midland Montessori School
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|Midland Montessori School|
|5709 Eastman Avenue
Midland, Michigan 48640
|School type||Non-profit, Montessori School|
|Head of school||Marie Reid / Grace Gotfryd|
|Age||6 weeks to extended kindergarten|
|Enrollment||75 (December 1, 2011)|
|Accreditation||American Montessori Society|
Midland Montessori School is an American Montessori Society-affiliated nonprofit organization in Midland, Michigan, United States. It is Midland's largest and oldest school that teaches children based on the Montessori philosophy.
The school is run by a board of directors recruited from the parent community along with the school administration. Board members are elected on an annual basis and hold their position for a minimum of one year.
In 2012 the school celebrated its 40th anniversary.
- 1970 - The school was founded in Midland by a group of interested parents under the name "Saginaw Valley Montessori Association".
- 1971 - The school opened its doors under the name "Midland Montessori School" in a rented facility.
- 1979 - A new building was constructed on a property owned by the school on Eastman Road and the school subsequently moved to its permanent location. The school began operating in the new building on October 8.
- 1982 - The lower level of the building was finished to accommodate a new classroom.
- 1989 - The facility expanded again and doubled in size.
- 1998 - Two new classrooms were added.
- 2002 - Additional facilities, including a library and a gross motor room were added
- 2004 - An infant/toddler program was introduced. During this year the school transitioned its childcare/preschool combination into an all day Montessori program. New flooring, furniture and accessories were added.
- 2008 - Two new playground structures and a bike path were added, along with an upgrade of the existing garden.
- 2009 - An all year Montessori program was added.
The school has seven classrooms, two of which include a child-accessible kitchen. The overall available space is 9,000 square feet on two levels.
Located on the lower level is a large indoor gym and a library with two computers.
Outside are three playground structures with a swing set, a fenced in grass area, and a bike path.
- American Montessori Society
- Montessori Administrators Association
- Michigan Montessori Society
- North American Montessori Teachers' Association