Cottonwood Montessori School

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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.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other Montessori association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1995
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$200
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer programs run June through August in weekly thematic units costing $150-$250 depending on the half or full day enrollment. Open 7AM-6PM for before and after childcare.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students155 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Cottonwood Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size24 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Play clothes, closed toe shoes)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,000
Tuition NotesDiscounts available for siblings and single payments. Monthly payments made through FACTS tuition collection agency.
Admissions DirectorVal Armenta

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
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Albuquerque
    Grades: PK-5 | 73 students
    9.2 miles
    3240 A Juan Tabo Blvd Ne
    Albuquerque, NM 87111
    (505) 293-6614
    9.2 PK-5
  • Rio Rancho
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    Daycare / Preschool (Christian)
    Grades: NS-PK | 110 students
    2.1 miles
    1601 Barbara Loop Se
    Rio Rancho, NM 87124
    (505) 994-4600
    2.1 NS-PK
  • Corrales
    Sandia View Christian School
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Grades: PK-8 | 93 students
    2.2 miles
    24 Academy Dr
    Corrales, NM 87048
    (505) 897-4805
    2.2 PK-8
  • Albuquerque
    Grades: PK-8 | 443 students
    8.3 miles
    2610 Utah St Ne
    Albuquerque, NM 87110
    (505) 299-6783
    8.3 PK-8
  • Albuquerque
    Grades: NS-8 | 212 students
    8.7 miles
    1114 7th St Nw
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    (505) 242-3033
    8.7 NS-8

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