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Montessori Day School

1702 Legion Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 929-3339

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Private Grades PK-6 70 students 5 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

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About this school

Montessori Day School is a private elementary school in Chapel Hill. The principal of Montessori Day School is Melanie Vandermast, whose e-mail is 70 children attend Montessori Day School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at Montessori Day School is 5:1. Estes Hills Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% %
Hispanic 7% %
Asian 7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    We have been at MDS for two years now and we just love it. I was a little skeptical of the Montessori method but based on what I have seen from my kids I am a total believer now! I was and am floored by how much they learn and in such a fun welcoming environment. You really are part of a family at MDS and Melanie and Stephanie run their classrooms with an amazing combination of grace and fun and focus on learning. The kids mostly drive their own learning speed and it is incredible to see what they do! The new facilities are also awesome. So light and airy. We love MDS!

  • (4 months ago)

    I have had 4 children go through this school over the past 11 years and have loved it. I have been amazed by the way the young kids can meaningfully and calmly focus on activities learn new things and still have a wonderful time. The approach to teaching the kids has been consistent throughout the 11 years we've had contact with the school despite the inevitable teaching staff changes. The school is small enough that the community is close-knit.

  • (5 months ago)

    My son started his pre-school experience at a different preschool in the area. He started in June 2011 and by mid-September he was crying every day and was very upset when we dropped him off in the morning. Montessori Day School was a blessing. We explained our situation to the MDS teachers and they got our son in for an evaluation and accepted him. He started on September 20th given his horrific experience with the previous school; he was crying and kicking in the morning when we dropped him off. Within 3 days he was a different child. I remember on the first Saturday after he started he woke up and wanted to go to MDS and was very upset that he did not have school that morning. He thrived at Montessori Day School. When he entered public school academically he was ahead of his peers and continues to be. This year we took our second son and he loves it as well. My boys are the opposite of each other. One is an extravert and the other an introvert and they both thrive in the Montessori environment. If you are looking for a safe and happy place where your child can learn and grow you should consider Montessori Day School.

  • (5 months ago)

    Many years ago I attended the Chapel Hill Montessori through 3rd grade. I highly recommend the Montessori method to anyone. I am so fortunate to have started out my education in such a space. If you can go.

  • (4 years ago)

    Montessori Day School is a wonderful school! I wish I could go there. My son thrives in the amazing learning and creative environment they provide. I have never seen so many children so excited to go to school and learn so much!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have three children at Montessori Day school- a 3 year old 6 year old and 9 year old. All have different strengths and learning styles and the Montessori method combined with an incredibly seasoned energetic and creative staff has made them confident competent children. We did public schools in chapel hill for 2 years after my daughter finished pre-k at Montessori. We returned at have never looked back. The kids can explore be creative and be children. At the same time they have become facile with math reading spelling and all the basics. However they teach them to think not just memorize. They understand what multiplication is.. not just memorize equations. Cathy takes them on a field trip per month to such places as the historic hillsborough school for girls the state fair the art museum. I love this school for the kids and family.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter will start her third year in the elementary classroom at MDS. The Montessori curriculum is wonderful. The class size has ranged from 19 to 24 children taught by a teacher a full time teaching assistant plus office/clerical support. The teacher and assistant are an experienced and and effective team who nurture both creative and analytical skills in the children. Both are kind well educated and effective communicators . The students are each taught on their own level and are allowed to work well above grade level. My daughter s classmates are motivated students and eager to learn anything new. A Spanish teacher comes once a week as does a Music teacher. The class has PE weekly in addition to a long lunch recess on a wonderful grassy tree filled playground. The class has an educational trip once a month and spends three days at camp together each May.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter spent 5 years at MDS. Our experience was wonderful and I feel very lucky to have been a part of this school. The Head Teacher Cathy Beemer has many years of Montessori experience and is nationally recognized for her teaching skills. The classroom is a 'one room' school for 28 1st thru 5th graders. Cathy has an amazing ability to keep a well-behaved focused class even though there were usually a handful of children dealing with ADD or autism. The children work independently and are taught critical thinking skills. My daughter left MDS when ready for Middle School and the ease of her transition is a testament to MDS and Cathy. If as a parent you are looking for a school which provides a safe challenging environment which honors the individual and mixes academic emphasis with art and play you will be well served to consider this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    When my daughter started at this school she had a love of learning and enjoyed school. That quickly changed. The teacher and assistant were unable to provide structured support to ensure that she completed assignments of the core subjects each day. Once she fell behind from skipping weeks of work she became less willing to complete assignments. Rather than providing additional instruction on challenging assignments the teacher simply marked her answers wrong and handed the assignment back to her to correct. On one particular assignment she had redone the same math problems three times and was still not provided additional help. The teacher then provided punishment as a way to encourage the completion of work. Needless to say the teaching methods used at this school are not effective and do not encourage children to learn. The teacher was also unwilling to alter these ineffective methods.

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