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Montessori Program Enrollments Due February 15

What is Montessori Education?

The Montessori approach to education embraces individualized instruction for children, mixed-age groupings of students, a structured curriculum, and a prepared environment, using specialized Montessori teaching materials. Montessori classrooms provide an environment that supports independent, self-directed learning, and self-assessment.

Dr. Maria Montessori, who developed this educational program, believed strongly that parents play a critical role in their child’s education.

Montessori students display:

  • Self-directed work habits

  • High level of responsibility to work independently

  • Enjoy hands-on learning

There are two Montessori classrooms:

  • E1 - Grades 1-3

  • E2 - Grades 4-6

If you are interested in the Montessori program at the Owatonna Public Schools, please complete the enrollment form by February 15th and return it to your neighborhood school. Montessori is housed at Washington Elementary, 423 14th Street NE, Owatonna, MN. The administration will review student registrants for grade level balance and instructional needs. However, the primary basis for selection will be first come/first serve.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Beth Svenby at Washington Elementary School 507-444-8300.