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Villa Di Maria Montessori School

Private | PK-6 & ungraded | 111 students


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Posted September 28, 2013

If you are seeking the gift of joyful learning, self confidence, and a wonderful school community for your children, call and set up a tour/observation at this AMI accredited Montessori. The children will reveal its true beauty!
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Posted December 8, 2012

Come see what the future of education looks like. I urge you to observe one of our classrooms and see how young children choose their lessons, concentrate for hours at a time and work collaboratively in a carefully prepared environment. This school is accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale, the organization begun by Dr. Maria Montessori herself. As the name "Montessori" cannot be trademarked, it is important that parents due their homework to make sure that the Montessori school they choose adheres to authentic Montessori principles.
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Posted May 15, 2012

If you are reading this review, you are considering Villa di Maria Montessori school for your child. The first thing you should know is that "montessori" cannot be anyone can technically call themselves a montessori school. Villa di Maria is an AMI accredited school. AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) was began by Maria Montessori herself to ensure that her method and standards are adhered to. I have three daughters at the school. It is an absolute joy to see them "choosing" to read at home instead of turning on the tv. They are all creative, enthusiastic, caring and independent and there is no doubt in my mind that the school, the teachers and the community of Villa di Maria played a huge role in their development. Check out the school, ask lots of questions and take the plunge into authentic Montessori education. You can thank me later!
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Posted August 26, 2010

Villa is an incredible school. It is amazing to walk in the classroom and see young kids working so happily and learning so much. Not all Montessori schools truly adhere to the philosophy of Maria Montessori, but Villa does. The results have been wonderful. We couldn't be happier
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Posted October 19, 2009

The true test of a great school is how excited the children are to be here and that the staff loves the school.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 77%
Asian 8% N/A
Black 4% 17%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Two or more races 4% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Laura Ceretti-Michelman
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Nonsectarian
  • AMI
Fax number
  • (314) 822-5711


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  • Montessori
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


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  • Library
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1280 Simmons Avenue
Kirkwood, MO 63122
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Phone: (314) 822-2601


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