When considering educational options for their kids, plenty of parents are drawn to Montessori institutions. The child-led method of teaching founded by Maria Montessori in the early 1900s, which encourages children to learn subjects at their own pace, has a pretty positive reputation, after all. But how much do Montessori schools cost? The tuition can vary a lot depending on location, but it may be more affordable than you realize.
First, it's important to note that all Montessori schools are independently operated, so the tuition for each location can vary tremendously. Across the United States, a representative from the American Montessori Society tells Romper that the monthly breakdown for a Montessori program could look like this: $1,527 for infants, $1,214 for early childhood students, and $1,524 for secondary students. Region is a factor when it comes to rate. For example, students in the Northeast can expect tuition rates above the average, whereas those in the midwest or southeast regions can expect to pay a little less. Your child’s age and program schedule you elect (part time vs. full time) can also make a difference.
Here are a few real-life examples of current Montessori tuition costs throughout the US. In New York City, for example, The Montessori Schools tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $27,750 for the toddler half day program, and $34,500 for the toddler and primary full-day program. At Chicago Montessori, the toddler half-day program tuition is $10,775 per year, and the adolescent full day program is $14,875 per year. Meanwhile, at the Rising Star Montessori School in Alameda, CA, tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $13,980 for children attending the preKindergarten program 5 days a week, and there are lower rates available for children who attend 3 or 4 days a week. At the all-day early childhood program for Montessori School of Tupelo, MS, tuition is $7,300. Lastly, at the Sherwood Forest Montessori School in Houston, TX, yearly tuition for the 2020-21 full-day toddler program is $16,500, and the upper elementary program is $13,063.
For the least expensive option, consider the Montessori public schools, which charge no tuition to students. From Arizona to Wisconsin, there are several options throughout the U.S. These offerings mostly cater to families with children in grades K-8. Public Montessori high schools are relatively rare in the United States.
If a public option is not available near you, you can find out if the private Montessori institution you’re eyeing offers financial aid or a reduced tuition if more than one child from your family is enrolled in the school. Vouchers, tax credits, and Education Savings accounts may also be available for the schools in your state. You never know — this type of education may be more accessible than you realize.
Meanwhile, there are ways to introduce Montessori learning techniques to your kids at home. Start with Montessori books that bring the lifestyle and philosophy to your family, and Montessori toys and supplies which can easily be obtained online. It’s a much-loved approach to education that many families swear by, and it just might be the perfect fit for your kid.
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