Asheville Primary Montessori FAQs
WHAT DO THE MULTI-AGE GROUPINGS LOOK LIKE?
Asheville Primary School's Montessori classrooms consist of Early Childhood (Ages 3-6), Lower Elementary (Ages 6-9), and Upper Elementary (4th grade was added in August 2021; we expect 5th grade to be added in August 2022 for a blended 4th/5th classroom).
HOW DOES 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 currently 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 has learned from other schools in the state, including Park Road in Charlotte.
WHAT AFTER-SCHOOL OPTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE?
An onsite after-school program is offered through Asheville City Schools' 21st Century Learning grant, and various community afterschool partners pick up at the Asheville Primary campus or receive children from district buses.
HOW ARE TEACHERS BE TRAINED?
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 ARE CLASS SIZES LIKE?
Class sizes are based on state regulations for K-5 classrooms.
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 Montessori students.