Children’s House Program
An authentic Montessori preschool/kindergarten guided by a Montessori-certified teacher in a multi-age environment for children ages 2 1/2 – 6. We offer full or half day options, Monday – Friday, according to our year round calendar — refer to the All Year Montessori page.
Spruce Tree’s elementary program offers a full-day learning experience for children ages 6 – 12 (grades 1st – 6th) using proven Montessori curriculum guided by a Montessori-certified teacher. Students attend school 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Friday, according to our year round calendar — refer to the All Year Montessori page.
Tea Time Program (Children’s House students)
Tea Time extends the school day by one hour, offering an active, non-academic period for playing games, reading books, listening to music, singing songs, and doing arts/crafts. Monday – Thursday*, 3:30 – 4:45 pm. $120 per academic session
Expand Your Mind Enrichment Club (Elementary students)
Monday – Thursday*, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, $225 per academic session
The goal of our enrichment program is to expose students to varied content through hands-on activities. Content theme changes with each academic session.
Sunrise & Sunset Extended Day Programs
Our extended day programs are offered to all ages for an additional $120 per academic session.
For the early birds, our Sunrise Program offers parents an early drop off period during which students may eat breakfast, read/draw or begin their schoolwork. Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 8:15 am**.
As the day comes to a close, children are encouraged to draw, write, color, read, do puzzles or play logic games during our Sunset Program, a late day option, Monday – Thursday, 4:30 – 5:45 pm**.
*Please note that there are no after-school programs on Fridays. Pick up for all students is at 3:30 pm on Fridays. We reserve Friday afternoons for staff reflection, meeting time and materials preparation.
**Drop-off / pick-up anytime during these periods is acceptable; programs are non-academic, “free time” options supervised by our trained staff and offered as a convenience for parents.
Spruce Tree Montessori has begun the process for accreditation with the American Montessori Society (AMS) by registering as a ‘Full Member’ school. The AMS membership is a collaboration of teachers, administrators, schools, families, and others who prize Montessori education. As an AMS member school, Spruce Tree is a part of a movement to improve education for children around the globe, with representation at the United Nations and a strong advocacy voice in public policy affairs. The AMS accredits full member schools that undergo rigorous criteria for defining and maintaining the high standards set forth originally by Dr. Maria Montessori. Though the process can take up to three years to complete, Mrs. Binkley is dedicated to implementation of the standards and criteria and plans to work vigorously with the AMS through the accreditation process.
Components necessary for a program to be considered authentically Montessori include multi-age groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. In addition, a full complement of specially designed Montessori learning materials should be meticulously arranged and available for use in an aesthetically pleasing environment. The AMS also requires that the lead teacher in each classroom hold a Montessori credential from an accredited training center for their assigned level.