Toddler Program — NEW for 2023!
An early learning community for children 18 months to three years offering whole child education inspired by the Montessori philosophy. Program offered Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Full program details here: Toddler Program, our Sprout Community
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.
Sunset Program (All Students)
Sunset extends the school day, offering an active, non-academic period for playing games, reading books, listening to music, singing songs, and doing arts/crafts. Monday – Friday, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Drop in available.
Sunrise Program (All Students)
For the early birds, our Sunrise Program offers parents an early drop off option during which students may eat breakfast, read/draw or play games/activities. Monday – Friday, 7:30 – 8:15 am. Drop in available.
Homemade Hot Lunch Program
Our school chef prepares wholesome, homemade lunches for students Monday – Friday as a convenience to parents and supplement to our cooking and practical life curriculum. Students assist with menu planning, preparation and the plated service. Drop in available.
Middle Years Program *IN DEVELOPMENT*
A unique junior high experience with a Journey Track for athletically or musically inclined adolescents and a STEAM Track for those interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math guided by a Montessori-certified teacher in a multi-age Montessori environment for students ages 12 – 15 (7th – 9th grades*).
Middle Years Program Admissions Application – this application is for the MYP program only; younger children should complete the application found on our Admissions page. Thank you.
Spruce Tree Montessori has begun the process for accreditation with the American Montessori Society (AMS) by affiliating as a ‘Full Member’ school and achieving Level 6 status within the organizations Pathways to Improvement Program. 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.