Montessori at Sandy Ford

  • 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 TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1981
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students61 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Montessori at Sandy Ford Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorBecky 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.
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