Montessori Childrens House, Grand Traverse Dba-the

The Children's House is a Montessori school dedicated to providing a learning environment that guides, nurtures and enriches the individual.
Partnering with families to raise exceptional learners, the Children's House offers year-round, all day, developmentally-appropriate programs for students, as well as educational opportunities for parents. We create a social fabric for families and support for meaningful communication between the school and the home.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1984
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer tuition differs based upon program and hours of attendance.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students233 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade Montessori Childrens House, Grand Traverse Dba-the Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio17:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 1 / Jun. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition differs based upon program and hours of attendance.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMissy Russell

School Notes

  • The Suttons Bay Children`s House was founded in 1984 by Gretchen Uhlinger, an AMI trained Montessori guide who was looking for a Montessori program for her two young daughters.  That first year of operation, the school offered one toddler class for children 18 to 36 months with Colleen Christensen as the guide, one primary class for 3 to 6 year olds led by Gretchen, after school child care, and parenting classes in a renovated farm house in the village of Suttons Bay.  In 1976 Marie Scott, a Montessori guide and parent of young children, founded The Montessori Children`s Center in Traverse City. It was located in a house on Rose Street and soon after moved to The First Congregational Church on Center Road.
  • In 1988, The Montessori Children's Center in Traverse City united with The Suttons Bay Children`s House under one nonprofit corporation and continued to operate in both locations. While the Traverse City program grew, satellite programs were offered at the Unitarian Fellowship on Center Road and at Central Grade School. The Traverse City program moved to a new location on West Royal Drive in 1998. The Suttons Bay program left the farm house and moved to the Royal Drive building in the fall of 2001.Today the School enrolls more than 230 children on an 8-acre rural campus on North Long Lake Road just west of Traverse City, Michigan.  
  • The new campus opened in the fall of 2002 and was architecturally designed to enhance the Montessori philosophy and teaching method. Programs are offered year-round for children between the ages of 3 months and 14 years, infant through 8th grade. Before and after school child care is available to enrolled children.

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The nearest high school to Montessori Childrens House, Grand Traverse Dba-the is Grand Traverse Area Catholic School (3.0 miles away)
The nearest elementary school and preschool is Trinity Lutheran School (2.5 miles away)
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