About Us

“Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.”
– Maria Montessori

Bennett Valley Montessori School: Program Description

Bennett Valley Montessori School follows the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori. She believed in a self-motivated style of learning environment. The child chooses the activity he will perform, as he is naturally curious and the Montessori materials and environment help cultivate his own natural desire to learn. Dr. Montessori calls the child a sponge, who effortlessly absorbs everything around him.

The goal of the Montessori technique is to create a self-motivated individual who can adapt to his time, space and group and fulfill his potential. Allowing the child to have the choice for the materials spurs this motivation. As the child successfully completes a task, the more confidence and security he gains to go onto a more difficult activity or area in the classroom.

Bennett Valley Montessori School is a privately owned and operated, non-denominational school that will accept students regardless of color, creed, religion, race or national origin. Admissions are based on availability and siblings will be given priority.

Children are accepted between the ages of 2 years and 6 years. The child does not need to be potty trained if they are under the age of 2 years and 9 months. The 2 year olds have a separate Preparatory Classroom. The 3 to 6 year olds are mixed together in the Primary Classroom and a kindergarten program is available. Weekly Spanish classes are part of the Primary Classroom.

The school operates from September to mid-June and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. A four to ten-week summer program is available. The summer session length, schedule, and hours will be announced in the spring with the summer application.

Academic hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A half-day program is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Daycare is provided from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule and daycare activities vary from day to day but will include both indoor and outdoor time.

Arrange for an appointment to visit, observe, and tour the school. You will receive a fee schedule and application at your observation.

To apply for enrollment, please submit the completed application form with the non-refundable application fee. Once the application is received and enrollment is secured with deposit requirements, you will be contacted to arrange a day to bring your child in for an extended visit in their future classroom. This will also give us a chance to observe and interact with your child trying to ensure that this is the proper environment for your child.

Jeannine Hextrum 
Owner, Administrator, Teacher at Bennett Valley Montessori School