Montessori at Sandy Ford

2931 Sandy Ford Rd
Newton, NC 28658-0286
Tel: (828)294-7478
Grades: NS-8 | 45 students
Montessori at Sandy Ford is the oldest established, private, secular school in the Catawba Valley, celebrating over 30 years of education, serving children ages 3-14. The Directors, Mary Helen Cline and Kenyon Kelly, are certified by the Montessori Institute of America (MIA) and Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI).
Other staff members have received child development and Montessori training through the Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI).

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1981

Student Body

Total Students 45 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Montessori at Sandy Ford Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Becky Schell

School Notes:

Montessori at Sandy Ford is an educational community whose mission is:

  • To prepare an environment that nurtures each individual's intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth;
  • To work in partnership with families to guide students in becoming responsible, contributing members of their communities;
  • To celebrate diversity and foster respect for life;
  • To follow each child, providing thoughtful, challenging learning opportunites in an atmosphere of cooperation;
  • To cultivate a lifelong joy of learning;
  • by following Dr. Maria Montessori's practices, philosophy, and vision.

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is University Christian High School (5.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Montessori Children's House Of Newton (4.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Little Folks School East (4.6 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Hickory
    Little Folks School East
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK | 62 students
    4.6 miles
    410 21st Street Se
    Hickory, NC 28602
  • Newton
    Grades: K-6 | 43 students
    4.6 miles
    935 E 11th St
    Newton, NC 28658
  • Conover
    Concordia Christian Day School
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    Grades: NS-8 | 266 students
    5 miles
    215 5th Avenue SE
    Conover, NC 28613
  • Hickory
    University Christian High School
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    Grades: 9-12 | 55 students
    5.8 miles
    602 7th Avenue NE
    Hickory, NC 28601
  • Hickory
     St Stephen Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    Grades: KG-8 | 178 students
    5.9 miles
    2304 Springs Rd Ne
    Hickory, NC 28601

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