Monthly Archives: September 2014

New Public Montessori Schools: Class of 2014 Edition

15 new and expanding public Montessori programs serving at least 1,000 more chldren!

Following the Family

The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector welcomes fifteen new and expanded Montessori programs to the Public Montessori family.

New Schools

Children’s Kiva Charter Montessori School in Cortez, Colorado opens with 70 students from preK (a tuition based program) to 1st-6th grade (tuition free). The school will open a middle school next year. Principal Josh Warinner came from a local public school, part of the Children’s Kiva School’s close collaboration with the Cortez School District. Click here to read more.

Dante Alighieri Montessori School in Boston, Massachusetts is Boston Public School District’s first public Montessori school and serves students ages 3 to 11 in a historic brick school in East Boston. The school grows out of East Boston Early Learning Center’s Montessori program, and students who attended have guaranteed admission at the new school.

Dixie Montessori Academy in Washington City, Utah is a K-7 Montessori charter school developed…

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The Montessori Census: Montessori Observes Itself

Thanks to some friends at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, I got a look at the data for the Montessori Census—the Center’s work gathering demographic information about Montessori schools in the United States, an essential first step for any research program which wants to seriously study Montessori education. Who are we? What do we do? Which children do we serve, where, in what kinds of schools? Before we can know how to act, we must first observe.

So if your school isn’t in the Census, stop right now and go get listed.  Follow this link, or email it to the person at your school who can make it happen. It only takes a few minutes. We’ll wait for you.

These are preliminary results. We estimate that only one Montessori school in four is represented. Some schools responded directly to the Census, and others were imported from existing databases. Many schools still need to respond, and national organizations could contribute more information. The data are incomplete. Help complete it—here’s that link again:

Still, there’s much to see in what we do have, and much more to discover. Some headline numbers and extrapolations:

Schools counted: 1,165. Statistics suggest this represents one our of four schools in the U.S., for a national estimate of about 4,650.

Children enrolled: 138,419. Surely low, since about 400 schools reported no data. 800,000 students in the U.S. is a rough guess at the real number.

Teachers: about 8,000. More statistics witchery suggests around 35,000 in the U.S, on a par with “Ship and Boat Captains and Operators” or anesthesiologists. (Bureau of Labor)

Public and Private: The public numbers are a little more solid, since this grew out of an established public school census. Here’s how the data break down:

private Census data projected
for-profit 299  1200
non-profit 377  1500
total 676  2700
charter 188  750
district 201  800
magnet 100  400
total 489  1950
grand total 1165  4650

Most of the public schools are in, so there may be another 3,000 private schools not represented. Stand up and be counted, people! (Here’s that link again: 2013-14 USA Monterssori Census)

I’ve been putting together a little database to look at the numbers a few different ways, so this is just the beginning. But let’s get some more numbers behind our numbers. In this world, it’s the people who get counted that count.