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Every child is a wonder, the opening paragraph of a classic adventure novel, the first line of a favorite song, memorable, unique, haunting.  If we had our way, the size of our House would expand to welcome as many explorers as came through our door, a happy exception to the laws of physics. 

As it is, though, our magical corner of the world is clearly defined in time and space.  When enrollment fills for a given year, we advise our inquiring families accordingly.  If you're one of them, you have a number of options, including applying to our waitlist for that year.  Maria's House enrollment applications are considered in the order that they're received.  Waitlist applications are treated in exactly the same way.  If something changes with one our enrolled families, we notify our waitlist candidates by date of application, well aware that many of them will have by necessity found an alternative for their child.  When we arrive at a family with interest, we continue the conversation, gently determining whether our House will be a suitable match for their child.  The space is theirs until we come to a mutual decision.  If yes, the space closes.  If no, we contact the next family in our queue.  It's a slow, deliberate process, but one that we approach with great respect.  

As of now, our Academic Year programs for 2022-23 are at waitlist.  We're accepting applications for 2023 and beyond.  If you have questions about our program, please visit the Inquire section of our website or email our office at  We're always happy to speak with you. 

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We understand the journey that you and your child are taking.  Beyond our work as Montessori educators and early childhood specialists, we're parents and siblings, informed by our own developmental paths, constantly learning and growing.  The search for beautiful and lively early childhood education is familiar to our faculty and staff.  It's what led us to the Montessori method in the first place.  And it's what brought you here.

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We know the deep and lasting value of early childhood education.  We also know that an authentic Montessori Primary Program with trained and certified faculty tends to cost more per month than daycare.  At Maria’s House, we believe that excellence isn’t exclusive.  Click here to explore our grants and aid page, or talk with us directly to see what we’re doing to keep real Montessori affordable.

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Our House

Completed in 1874 and dedicated to service as an orphanage in 1907, the Fretz Mansion is the perfect setting for Montessori.  Take a two minute tour (with audio) here.

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Spend a few minutes with our executive director, Laine Walker, as she reflects on the Montessori experience at Maria's House.

The Montessori Difference

New Here?

Maria's House accepts rolling applications based on availability.  Our 2021-22 academic year began on Monday, August 30.  Click below to explore our Family Information Packet.
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Schedule a Visit

Use the link below to go directly to our scheduling page and secure a personalized tour of our program space for your family:  

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Maria's House Senior Associate Megan Ciarlante, M.Ed,
reflects on Dotteressa Maria Montessori,
the four pillars of the method,
and the road that led to her life as a Montessori guide.

Where to now?