About the Montessori Schools of Flagstaff

We have been educating children in Flagstaff since 1982. Our goal is now, and has always been, to develop Renaissance children.


About Montessori Charter Schools of FlagstaffThe Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff was the first school in Arizona to have its application for a charter approved by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. The school has been operating continuously since 1995. Our four campuses serve over 360 children from 18 months (non-charter preschool) through 14 years of age (charter middle school). We offer a very strong academic program that recognizes and addresses each child’s individual social and emotional development.

Although we have never stressed “the test” as a means of evaluating children, our standardized test scores have always been among the best in the state.


The classroom community

Each classroom, depending on the level, can have up to three (including two assistant) teachers. At our middle school, three main teachers, who educate children in the core subjects, are joined by specialists in art, music, dance, drama, cooking, yoga, self-defense, scrapbooking, Spanish, computers, physical education, environmental science, and other subjects.

Each student follows a unique and personalized learning plan designed by our faculty. Within each classroom, the children’s ages span 3 years. The younger children benefit from mentoring, and the older students continue to grow academically while developing leadership skills and reinforcing what they have already mastered by sharing their knowledge.

About the Name “Montessori”

Dr. Maria MontessoriThe name “Montessori” is in the public domain. Anyone can use it and claim to be a “Montessori School.” That’s why we encourage you to do your homework before you enroll your child anywhere.

  • Visit the school.
  • Ask your friends who have recent experience with the school.
  • Contact the agency responsible for overseeing the school (for example, the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools or the Arizona Department of Health Services, etc.).
  • Check the staff’s credentials, training, and experience.
  • Choose the school with a history of success with alumni that possess the qualities you most want for your child.

Please be aware that some schools advertise themselves as “Montessori Inspired” or “Montessori Based.” Although these may be fine schools, they are not Montessori Schools.

Dr. Maria MontessoriAnd so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange . . . a special environment made for the child.
—Dr. Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

Montessori Philosophy

Montessori PhilosophyThe Montessori Philosophy encourages children to develop their observation skills through activities that use the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and gross motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.

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Arizona School Tax Credit

Arizona School Tax CreditThe 2015 Arizona School Tax Credit lets your donation go directly to a public school of your choice! A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax liability. Any Arizona taxpayer may contribute, regardless of whether your child is attending school.

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Enrichment Programs

Montessori Schools of Flagstaff Enrichment ProgramsTo meet the needs of working parents, we offer a before- and after-school program designed for children 18 months–12 years. The older children can sign up for the many special classes offered after school such as drama, art classes, and music lessons.

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