• Montessori FAQs

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    WHAT GRADES WILL BE OFFERED?

    In 2018-2019 school year, there will be 6 classrooms serving Pre-K through 3rd grade. We will have three Early Childhood (Ages 3-6) classrooms and three Lower Elementary (Ages 6-9) classrooms.

    WHAT WILL THE MULTI-AGE GROUPINGS LOOK LIKE?

    The Primary School's Montessori classrooms will consist of Early Childhood (Ages 3-6) and Lower Elementary (Ages 6-9).

    HOW WILL MONTESSORI PRE-K ENROLLMENT WORK?  

    Montessori Preschool slots are offered on the Asheville Primary School campus. Please visit the Asheville City Schools Preschool Program for enrollment information.

    HOW IS ASHEVILLE PRESCHOOL CONNECTED WITH ASHEVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL?  

    The Asheville Primary campus houses both the Montessori magnet school and the main campus of the Asheville City Schools Preschool program.  

    WHAT IS THE MAGNET THEME?

    Asheville Primary School has adopted the Montessori Philosophy of Education as its approach to teaching and learning.

    WHAT IS MONTESSORI EDUCATION?

    Montessori is an innovative, child-centered approach to education, developed a century ago by Maria Montessori. The Montessori approach includes multi-age groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is  prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. Please see our website for more information, or visit the American Montessori Society site for resources.

    HOW DOES IT WORK TO BE A PUBLIC MONTESSORI SCHOOL?  

    Other schools in North Carolina and across the country have selected the Montessori method as their curriculum, and are able to maintain accredited Montessori standards while meeting public school requirements and expectations.  Asheville Primary plans to learn from such schools in the state, including Park Road in Charlotte.

    WHAT AFTER-SCHOOL OPTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE?

    An onsite after-school program with the Roots + Wings Community Design Lab, and various community afters-chool partners who pick up at the Asheville Primary campus are offered.

    HOW WILL TEACHERS BE TRAINED?

    All teachers will have a K-6 teaching license and will either have Montessori certification or will be in the process of obtaining the certification.

    WHAT WILL CLASS SIZES BE LIKE?  

    Class sizes will be based on state regulations for K-2 classrooms. The enrollment target for 2018-2019 is 6 classrooms. Each room will have a lead teacher and assistant teacher.

    WHAT TRANSPORTATION/PICKUP AND DROP-OFF OPTIONS EXIST?

    Asheville City Schools students may access the same school bus service to our school as the other district schools.  In addition to our current parking, we also have a car rider line for drop off and pickup of our elementary-age students next year.

    ARE FACILITIES LIKE OTHER ACS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS?  

    Asheville Primary is housed in the former Aycock building, designed for K-5 students.  There is a full gym, blacktop, and cafeteria, as well as a library known as the Learning Commons.  There is a large former baseball field behind our building. In recent years, "The Field," has been fenced and is being transformed into a nature playspace, featuring a large garden, new forest, sand and dirt play, a dry stream bed, hills, fort-building, and many future plans!

    WHAT WILL I SEE IF I COME FOR A TOUR?

    A tour consists of the indoor/outdoor learning spaces, classrooms, and Learning Commons. The guide will share more about the Montessori philosophy, vision, and plans for the school as well as answer any questions.