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Prospective Parents

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Finding the school that is the best fit for your child and your family can be stressful and overwhelming.

However, an easy way to understand Montessori is to think of the school as a place where provocative questions are valued more than right answers.

We believe that children who are encouraged to ask questions become confident and independent thinkers.  They become creative and innovative leaders.  They become life-long learners.

  • Montessori education is based on the idea that children want to learn; it’s a natural instinct.  Children receive an intrinsic reward from learning.
  • Traditional education is based on the idea that you have to offer extrinsic rewards (good grades, gold stars) to make children learn or punishments (bad grades, detention, extra homework) if they don’t learn.
  • Instead of pouring information into a child, Montessori believed the teacher’s role is to draw out that which is already there.
  • Montessori is the education that works with human nature, rather than against it.

And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” – Maria Montessori.


Toddler Program

Ages 18 months to 3 years

The Toddler Program, for children 18 months to 3 years, takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently. Learn More


Primary Program

Ages 2 ½ to 6 Years

Children want to learn; they want to be independent; and they have an effortless ability to absorb knowledge from surroundings. Learn More


Elementary Program

Ages 6 to 12 Years

The elementary-age child no longer simply wants to know “What is that?” He now needs to know “Why?” and “How?”  He wants to understand the interconnectedness of the subjects he is learning. Learn More

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Adolescent Program (Middle School)

Ages 12 to 14 Years

In our adolescent program, adults and students function as a community of learners in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support. Learn More

Outside The Classroom

In addition to our robust academic program, Arbor offers activities outside the classroom that provide a healthful, positive, and safe environment that fosters growth of the whole child. These activities include an athletic program for Upper Elementary and Adolescent Program students; parent-led running and rock climbing clubs; as well as school-sponsored classes such as robotics, chess, yoga, art and more.  In all these programs, Arbor also strives to create an atmosphere of competition without conflict. Should conflict occur, it provides an opportunity to practice conflict resolution skills. This approach enriches the child beyond the classroom.

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Arbor offers a rich variety of before and after-school activities for our students.  From team sports to drama to chorus, we strive to provide families with after-school experiences that complement their classroom experience. Learn More.

Arbor’s after-school program is called Enrichment because we feel it enriches the children’s school experience by providing a warm, homelike environment and a continuation of the Montessori philosophy of mutual respect, independence and cooperation that children are accustomed to in the classroom. Learn More
The Outdoor Program is an integral part of Arbor’s Elementary curriculum and is designed to provide direct experience with the ecology of this bioregion; develop independence and self-confidence; foster personal responsibility and cooperation; offer challenge and adventure; and encourage environmental awareness and responsibility. Learn More


“We both went to Montessori schools and I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, and being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently.”
Larry Page, Co-founder of Google, crediting Montessori for his and Sergey Brin’s success
“Education was an adventure here, and as a young student, there was no greater joy than approaching each school day as an intrepid explorer.”
John Henry Hinkel, Arbor Class of 2004, Harvard University Class of 2012