Children's House

Designed to entice children to activity, carefully prepared materials are considered to become “motives for activity” through which a child develops confidence, self-esteem, and consideration for others, as well as basic cognitive understandings.

The mixed-age primary classrooms contain children ranging in age from 2 years, 9 months by August 31st, to 6 years of age.

Children’s House offers enrollment for full or half day:

  • Full day is 8:30 drop off with pick up between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Now accepting applications for 2024-2025 school year.
  • The half day is two, three, or five days a week, 9:00am-12:00pm, and may stay for Lunch Bunch from Noon-1:00 p.m. 

The Montessori Children’s House environment is divided into five areas:

Children’s House may be enrolled for a full day or half day; either three, or five days a week in the 9:00 am-12:00 pm session and may stay for Lunch Bunch from Noon-1:00 p.m.

Children's House Tuition

Children’s House (2 years 9 months old by August 31):

ProgramAnnual Tuition12 Payments
Full Day$12,848$375.00
5-Day$$7,915$659.58
3-Day$4,860$405.00
2-Day$2,904$242.00
Family-like environment...
that enables children to be the humans that they are and encourages them to explore their curiosities.
Jewel Ebron - Parent
We love the warm, respectful, empowering environment that our son is welcomed into each day.
SMS is a grassroots community that truly cares about each child. We are so grateful to be a part.
Mary Katherine Burbach - Parent
We love the intelligent and talented staff -
their unmatched patience, their dedication to fostering each child’s independence and interests, their ability to inspire a love for learning and discovery. They are gentle guides, creating an ideal space for learning and development.
Lauren Alzamora - Parent
I adore learning about Montessori through the SMS lens.
I am grateful for the “respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the environment” that is at the foundation. It makes for a safe, loving learning environment for all of us.
Melissa Scott - Parent & Teacher
Quality.
The quality of individuals and connections that comprise this community is a major channel of delight in my life! This is a place where wisdom, liberty and joy cohere beautifully unto the enrichment of the whole child, classroom, school, and beyond. I am so grateful to be in the midst of this community!
Chris Dorsch - Parent
The teachers!
I have never met a more passionate, caring, dedicated, nurturing and more knowledgeable group of teachers and staff. Every child is loved and respected for their own individual personality, talents, and needs. My children have grown so much - socially, emotionally, and academically - in their time at SMS. They can’t wait to go to school in the morning. They have fostered a love of learning and growth that I hope my children with continue to carry with them for years to come.
Liz Williams - Former parent
The amazing teachers. The environment that cultivates curiosity and learning.
I trust my children are being nurtured in a safe and loving way to develop not just a love of learning, but also healthy social skills, healthy creativity, and even healthy habits of movement and nutrition.
Sylvia Laurence - Parent
We love SMS because of its intimate, supportive, and familial setting.
The community is composed of caring, warm, thoughtful, and loving teachers and staff. It is truly a one of a kind educational experience. We love how SMS fosters and encourages the love of self, others, and the environment and how SMS meets the child where they are with an individualized work plan. Above all else, the supportive and collaborative SMS community is the school’s most valuable asset!
Ellie Morales - Parent
The loving community...
...and our shared passion for our children.
Claudia Paden - Parent & Teacher
I love the community of this school.
Community for me is the support I feel as a teacher from my co-workers, the administration and parents. I know how special this is and I am grateful for it every day.
Betty Hastings - Teacher
I love that each staff member is here because they truly respect children and want to do what is best for each individual child.
As teachers I love that we are firmly grounded in the Montessori method, yet recognize the value and implementation of outside strategies and methods in order to best reach each child.
Jessica Feus -Teacher
In all of the schools I have served in, I have never seen an organization where relationships are as strong as they are here.
The care with which teachers approach students, the support that staff provide to one another and the partnership between the school and parents creates a connection that is unique. This is the foundation for the joy that students feel and exude each day!
Patrick Velde - Head of School
At SMS, the people show genuine kindness towards one another.
I see how well the staff listen with open hearts and minds to what others bring to the table. This community works together and supports the children building their independence.
Katie Brackney - Teacher
SMS radiates warmth and embodies a peaceful presence.
In a world of unknowns, the SMS community is consistently nurturing. Salem Montessori offers a philosophically grounded and genuine approach to education and socialization that inspired my Montessori certification and led to my teaching career. Presently, I am at a place of coming full circle as my children attend and thrive in the fellowship of our devoted school community.
Salem Parham - Teacher
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