Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City

  • Our Montessori classrooms are designed to meet the needs, interests and abilities of all the children in the class.
  • The teachers create and adapt the environment with this community of children in mind. They modify the selection of educational materials available, the physical layout and the tone of the class, to best fit the ever-changing needs of the children.
  • Our Montessori teachers, who serve as observers and guides in the classroom, are all Montessori trained and certified.
  • Many of our teachers have been with us for over a decade and have upwards of twenty years' experience with the Montessori method.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.International Montessori Council (IMC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded1985
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer Adventures Camp is a schedule option and is only available for families already enrolled for the year preceding that summer. Please contact admissions for further details.

Student Body

Total Students209 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 17 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,000
Tuition NotesTuition rates vary according to program and hours. Please see our website for more details.
Admissions DirectorRamira Alamilla


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsDance, Freestyle Skiing, SnowboardingDanceFreestyle Skiing,

School Notes

  • Traditional Montessori Curriculum
  • Early Childhood dual language Spanish/English classes
  • Specialty Classes incorporated in class such as Music, Dance, Theatre, Horticultural Studies, Environmental Expeditions, Spanish, & Art.
  • Extended Care available before & after the school day.
  • Academic Year schedule or Full Year Schedule (includes the following summer's Summer Adventures Camp)
  • After school studio classes offered including Zumba Kids, Art Studio, & more
  • Promoting independence, responsibility, respect, community service, and a strong sense of self worth, while teaching academics and real world skills.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Salt Lake City
    Grades: PK-12 | 46 students
    5.6 miles
    547 W. 3900 So. Suite E
    Salt Lake City, UT 84123
    (801) 253-0365
    5.6 PK-12
  • Salt Lake City
    Grades: PK-8 | 326 students
    2.1 miles
    1452 E 2700 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84106
    (801) 486-4895
    2.1 PK-8
  • Salt Lake City
    Grades: K-8 | 423 students
    2.3 miles
    668 S 1300 E
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102
    (801) 583-0094
    2.3 K-8
  • Salt Lake City
    Grades: K-12 | 129 students
    6.8 miles
    240 East 5600 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84107
    (801) 266-5521
    6.8 K-12
  • Salt Lake City
    Prince Of Peace Evangelical Lutheran School
    (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)
    Grades: PK-8 | 86 students
    7.4 miles
    1441 Tamarack Rd
    Salt Lake City, UT 84123
    (801) 261-3808
    7.4 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (18 reviews)
Our daughter is in her second year of the toddler program at MCS and we couldn't be happier with our experience. Her teachers are warm, loving and patient, and I am continually amazed at how well they understand my child and her personality. They really value and nurture each child's uniqueness, while guiding them to be respectful, independent young people. We have watched our daughter's confidence, social skills and independence blossom. We are so happy knowing that she is in a warm, nurturing environment with adults who REALLY understand toddlers. And at the same time, she is building a wonderful foundation for future learning. The teachers go above and beyond their job description and are always available when we have questions (potty training help! Discipline - what do I do? Is this normal?) or if we just need to talk. Thrilled with our experience.
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We moved our son to this school when he was three after a disappointing experience at a different early childhood preschool. What a difference!! First of all, teachers at MCS are ALL professionally trained Montessori teachers, most of whom have been teaching this program for years, often decades. Equally important, the continuing education is clearly rigorous and ongoing, and the teachers remain PASSIONATE about what they do and its value--which is clearly transmitted in a palpable, excited-about-learning feel as soon as you enter the building. My son is now in his fourth year--completing first grade at this point-- and we couldn't be happier for several reasons. First, he is doing phenomenally academically. Montessori gives kids a chance to excel and move ahead as they are ready. Second, the teacher to student ratio is amazing--2 teachers to 20 students in his class. Third, being in an age group/class for three years gives teachers a chance to really get to know and deeply care about each individual child. This has been a great comfort, especially last year when my son's father and I got divorced--his school and teachers were such a stable and nuanced part of his support system. We are so glad we found MCS and that we are staying past early childhood into the elementary years.
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This school is something special. When business brought us to SLC, my wife and I searched high and low for a childcare solution for our 2 year old. We visited several toddler programs before looking into MCS, but on that first visit we felt pretty much instantly that it was 'the place'' for our son. And I''m happy to report that, nearly a decade later, it's one of the best decisions we''ve ever made. What we saw initially as a nurturing, loving and safe childcare solution for two working parents has become something much more. Our first child's experience was so positive that we felt no hesitation in enrolling his younger sibling. Our kids have thrived academically and socially at MCS. The teachers are dedicated to developing a love of learning in their students, and the administrators are very sensitive to special needs and circumstances. The school's director has been incredibly generous and sensitive to my family in the face of daunting financial and health challenges. My kids have blossomed at MCS, and I couldn't be happier with our experience.
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This is my son's fourth year at MCS and we love it! Thanks to MCS my son has confidence, independence and a LOVE OF LEARNING! The teachers are patient, calm and respectful. MCS offers a wide variety of classes within the weekly curriculum. The whole child is valued at this school. It's a very positive place for children and their families!
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This year was the first year our son attended MCS (year 1 of 3 in lower elementary class). While we were familiar with the Montessori approach, we were unduly impressed with the MCS. Our son is quite happy and satisfied with school. In addition to having solid "core academics", there are rich opportunities for beneficial and unique extracurricular activities including: outdoor classroom time, weekly field trips that emphasize culture/nature/fun, physical education, music, art, meditation, yoga, theatre, being mentors to others, etc. The teachers have been outstanding and the students to teacher ratios are ideal. The school has a good relationship with parents with programs for after-school and "kid's night out" where parents can take a Friday evening off from time to time. In summary, MCS understands what it takes to foster the development of well rounded, respectful, intelligent, friendly kids.
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Our daughter is finishing up her first year in the toddler program at MCS and is thriving at the school. I credit the multiage classrooms with the social strides she has made in the last year; she has many close friends there and has a growing confidence. The teachers in her classroom are caring and seem to appreciate her unique personality. There are multiple community-building opportunities throughout the year to get to know other families. It's just a warm, supportive, loving environment, a place I am happy to send my daughter everyday.
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I have been so impressed with this School. The Staffing, the Administration, and especially the teachers. They truly have my child's best interest at heart. My child has only been here 6 months and the difference in her is astounding. I am so grateful we have found this school. I plan on keeping her here for as long as I can (8th grade)!
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Montessori Community School is an ideal match for our daughter. She is curious and extroverted, like many toddlers, and is still learning how to work in groups and use her words, like almost all toddlers. The teachers at MCS encourage her to grow in her strengths and to improve in other areas. With two years of Montessori under her belt, she has become a child who respects others and works for the good of the community but also knows her mind and constantly explores new interests. I went to Montessori for my preschool years, so I knew that I wanted to check out Montessori schools for my own child. This school, more than any other I’ve ever experienced, truly embraces the philosophy. Not only in the classroom, but in the community events and parent education nights. This is not to say they are dogmatic; actually, they are extremely open to making adjustments for individual children. Our child’s teachers have become our partners in guiding her to a happy and productive life. I can’t say enough about how happy we are with MCS. My daughter loves to go to school every day and talks about all her friends and teachers. Recently, she told us that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. That’s a big compliment.
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MCS has been absolutely amazing in so many ways for my son. He started with the Toddler program and was welcomed by the most caring and warm hearted staff. I could see throughout the program year that he was becoming much more social and independent. He would come home saying all sorts of new vocabulary and I noticed that his motor skills had improved tremendously. He is now in the Early Childhood Dual Language program and I have to say-- has completely come out of his shell and comes home telling me tidbits that he has learned at school. His teachers are the best that anyone could ask for and I''m thankful that my son has them in his life. All of the staff at MCS are amazing and create such a sense of community amongst the teachers, students, and families. Thank you MCS!
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Our son enjoys attending his school everyday. The presence of preschool kids with different ages in two levels, allows them to interact with older and younger peers and improve their social skills. The also like the dual language set up of his class where he is learning Spanish. The fun activities make school a favorable environment for kids at this age.
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My daughter started out in the toddler program where she learned how to be in the classroom and developed independence. We were so impressed with her development in practical skills and her awareness of other children in her class. She is now completing her 2nd year at the school in the early childhood program and has grown tremendously academically. She wants to learn and has developed confidence in her ability to learn. We are also thrilled with the opportunities for a well rounded education offered through specials classes: dance, art, music and outdoor education. We are very impressed with her growth and progress and are excited to see and hear what she learns each day.
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My daughter received invaluable early childhood development at MCS. It set her up to be a lifelong learner with an independent and curious mind. My son started this year and loves his Toddler classroom!!
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My kids have been at MCS since they were 18 months, and it is an amazing place! The teachers have so much patience and expertise, and have been great guides for us throughout the childrens'' development. The school is always welcoming, the classrooms are clean and the children are always engaged in some activity when we arrive to pick them up. We have been very happy that we chose this school for our kids, and we have really found it to be a community environment.
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My husband and I have been so fortunate to have our kids attend MCS. Our son has attended since January of 2011 and our daughter since the fall of 2013. The commitment to the Montessori philosophy and devotion to educating children with kindness and love are just some of the reasons we have stayed at MCS for these years and hope to continue for as long as possible. We have had such fun watching our kids bloom into even more wonderful and kind people as they navigate the MCS curriculum.
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I have been overwhelmed by the teachers and staff. Their abilities to excel in all their "designated" tasks, as well as the numerous other opportunities to serve, care for, and magnify, far exceed that of the standard in education. They have gone above and beyond to ensure that their Montessori community is taken care of, supported, and pushed to excellence in near every aspect of life. I have been impressed with the course material and significant difference for good it makes in the lives of the children mentally, socially, and emotionally. Holistic approaches are rarely taken when it comes to education and Montessori does it right. They strive for the success and accomplishment of the child as well as the families. Thank you to Montessori for all your hard work and outstanding abilities!
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Great School w/ awesome teachers. We are so glad our son in MCS and wants to go to school everyday. It amazing how much he is learning and becoming confident and independent.
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My child started as a third year (kindergarten) and we are going to stay for elementary school. The Montessori system has a little bit of a learning curve, but our child immediately thrived in the self-driven environment of the multigrade classroom. Although he came in already reading, writing and doing addition and subtraction on his own, I was impressed that at our first parent -teacher conference, the teachers had honed in on exactly what he needed to work on rather than leaving him to his own devices. The open plan Montessori classroom style means that the teachers have to work with each child individually and know them each well. This is a small school, but there are still ample opportunities for after-school activities and enrichment programs. There seems to be a good diversity in the student and teacher population, and we have been delighted by the cheerfulness, warmth and efficiency with which the school is run. Despite the "no tests, no homework, no grades" approach, the school seems to be a serious academic environment with high standards for achievement -- just a different route for getting kids there.
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My daughter is starting her fourth year at MCS. We love it . Her academic ability is far beyond her age group, especially in mathematics. They have have Spanish, music, dance and art classes weekly. My favorite part of her experience there is how they really see and nurture the whole child.
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