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Pinewoods Montessori School - Featured School of the Month

  Pinewoods was founded in 1992 in Hillsborough, NC with a goal to provide an authentic Montessori education in which children develop a love of learning within a safe, peaceful setting. Since that time, over 1,500 children have come through our school and been prepared for any educational opportunity ahead of them. Pinewoods originally provided toddler and primary education. Over the years we have had the opportunity to add on a variety of additional programs, including a lower elementary, upper elementary, and programs such as Music, Art, Spanish, and many others. We also offer seven weeks of summer camp. In 2008, Pinewoods moved into our current space, opening up room for growth as well as the amazing playground. In the summer of 2018, we began an expansion/renovation project for the 109 Millstone Building, allowing us to open up our 4th primary classroom and expand our facilities to include a kitchen, multi-purpose room, library/technology space, and three renovated classrooms! Currently, Pinewoods Montessori has enrolled 114 students for the 2018-2019 school year.     Our Mission: We believe in the dignity and ability of children and in their inherent right to our respect, protection, assistance and guidance in fulfilling their potential. We are committed to the Montessori philosophy and follow a traditional Montessori approach to education. We wish to support families’ efforts to raise capable, joyful, confident children without undue stress or financial hardship.  We are dedicated to share our lives with children and to grow and learn alongside them. We are dedicated to the well-being, integrity and development of the larger Montessori community and of the Hillsborough community in which we live and work. We desire to help bring about a peaceful world in which every person’s contribution is cherished and in which all barriers to understanding and acceptance have been removed. We offer programs for children ages 18 months to 12 years old in classrooms that are carefully planned to support and encourage the developmental needs of each group of children. While the principles of a Montessori education are consistent, the needs and goals for each age group are reflected in the curriculum and activities presented at each level. The effects of an authentic Montessori education go far beyond academic achievement. Children in an authentic Montessori program become caring, thoughtful, and self-disciplined. They are confident in their abilities, because they are creative thinkers and positive problem-solvers. Pinewoods children are motivated and joyful learners.       Pinewoods Montessori School is a small school with a lot of heart.  We have limited budgets and resources, but our dedicated teachers make the most of everything we have to provide a high-quality experience and education for all of our students and families. Because our staff is so small, we rely on each other for support, communication, and collaboration.  We have an involved parent-teacher organization and many parent volunteers. As the head of school, I continue to be astounded by the dedication and commitment demonstrated each day by our teachers and families.  Many of our families begin with one or two children at our school and later enroll siblings and/or recommend our school to friends. I feel that our Pinewoods students truly benefit from our community and the family-oriented atmosphere of Pinewoods.


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Special Announcement:

The Montessori Association of North Carolina (MANC) wishes to congratulate the Montessori Partnerships for Georgia for the great work they did to help the Georgia Professional Standards Commission adopt the Montessori teaching certificate they helped design.
The new Georgia certificate is open to anyone who holds a Montessori credential from a training program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), passes the appropriate subject- area tests, and meets Georgia’s additional requirements.
The certificate will: * Dramatically expand the hiring pool for Georgia public Montessori schools * Ensure that public Montessori teachers have a baseline level of Montessori training * Set the stage for an expansion of public Montessori schools across the state of Georgia
For more details, click here and choose “Montessori Certificate”
Let’s get state recognition for Montessori diplomas in North Carolina. MANC can do this with your help! We need you to become a member!   The more voices we have supporting MANC, the stronger our representation to the state!

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As the nation’s premier statistical agency on Montessori, NCMPS provides a vital national resource.
The national collection of data contains a wealth of information about the people and schools involved in Montessori — information that can be used by the general public and researchers, as well as federal, state, and local governments, in making important decisions about education reform and the proper role of Montessori in that reform effort.
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