Cottonwood Montessori School Photo #1
Cottonwood Montessori School Photo #1
At Cottonwood School how children learn is as important as what children learn.
We partner with parents who believe that the early years are the most important in the whole of a lifetime.
Together we cultivate each child's talent and character by nurturing their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.
Our quality programs unleash the potential of every child and develop a foundation for academic achievement and life long success.
The Cottonwood School was founded in 1995 by parents and teachers who sought to improve educational opportunities for New Mexico's children through an independent, non-sectarian school which provided dynamic academics through fully integrated subject areas. Cottonwood School is a joyful learning community whose vision is to help our students reach their full potential.Our mission is to encourage the potential of each child through an interdisciplinary curriculum which cultivates intellectual achievement, physical and artistic abilities, emotional learning and creative reasoning in accordance with Montessori philosophy.
Cottonwood School is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 tax exempt, educational organization which serves and educates children 2 years to 12 years of age, or toddlers through sixth grade.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 163 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,000
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Onsite Dyslexia Therapist and Reading Tutor
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
163 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 52%
Students by Grade
Cottonwood Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
24 students
Classroom Dress Code
Play clothes, closed toe shoes

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Discounts available for siblings and single payments. Monthly payments made through ACH bank draft.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer programs run June through August in weekly thematic units costing $200-$250 depending on the half or full day enrollment. Open 7AM-6PM for before and after childcare.
Admissions Director
Trish Nickerson
Admissions Associate
Kate Nichols

School Notes

  • The purpose of Cottonwood School is to- 1. Encourage a. responsibility of oneself, for others and for the environment. b. joyful, self-directed learning c. interdependence with all living creatures 2. Provide a. a safe, respectful, nurturing community b. experiential learning in a multi-age setting c. opportunities for discovery 3. Develop a. self-sufficient, independent thinkers b. an appreciation for art and culture c. enthusiastic life-long learners
Source: Verified school update

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 163 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,000
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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