Detroit Public Montessori

More Detroit families should have access to a rigorous, child-centered, proven alternative learning environment that raises student success without any additional cost.

The Montessori Approach to Learning

Montessori is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.
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Children choose their own work

Children choose their own activities from a range of carefully prepared lessons and materials designed to support children’s natural development and drive to learn.

Trained teachers support children’s development

Teachers trained in Montessori principles and practice present a comprehensive curriculum individualized for each child.

Mixed age groupings

Classrooms serve children in three-year age groupings according to developmental stages. Children can progress naturally as they are ready for more challenging material, build authentic community and learn from both teachers and peers.

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Uninterrupted independent work periods

Classrooms offer long uninterrupted periods for independent work, where children build attention, focus, and concentration, while learning at their own pace.

Montessori materials

Hands-on, concrete, self-correcting materials support engagement, curiosity, independence, and self-guided learning.

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Learning through senses

  • Children learn by exploring and manipulating specially designed materials.
  • Children work with materials at their own pace, repeating an exercise until it is mastered.
  • Lessons are presented in a sequential array from simple to complex and concrete to abstract.

DPSCD offers free public Montessori

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Montessori schools teach the same basic skills as traditional schools, and offer a rigorous academic program. They are presented through an integrated approach that brings separate strands of the curriculum together.

  • Grace and Courtesy
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language (Literacy)
  • Math
  • Cultural (Geography and Art)
  • Science

M.A.C.T.E. Trained

All teachers and classroom assistants are trained in MACTE-accredited settings.

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE was granted initial recognition by the U.S. Department of Education in 1995.

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Spaces are limited

To enroll and/or find out more information about Detroit Public Montessori classrooms, email detroit.publicmontessori@​, or call Nicola Turner at (313) 605-8173.