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Montessori Day School of Wellesley Hills

40 Abbott Road
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

(919) 259-6516


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work with children on an individual basis and chart their development throughout the year.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Montessori Day School teachers are committed to the development of the whole child. Children will be stimulated intellectually, nurtured emotionally, challenged physically, and encouraged socially. Traditional Montessori lessons provide the foundation of the school's dynamic curriculum. The school is unique in that it is located next to the Wellesley Brook Path, a groomed nature trail, which leads to the playground and playing fields of Phillips Park. The school has an outdoor classroom as well as its own playground - both areas are completely enclosed. These outdoor spaces offer unlimited opportunities for nature exploration and physical fitness. The indoor classroom is a spacious environment designed especially for young children

A Typical Day

Children explore different areas of the classroom during the morning work period. They work independently, in pairs, and in small groups. Teachers guide them to works they are ready for and give lessons every day. Children may spend time on activites in the practical life, language, math, geography, art, and sensorial areas. Children have snack, circle, and outdoor time each morning. Some days include Spanish instruction or a special music class.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are always welcome at MDS! The home-school connection is very important. Opportunities for parent participation are offered throughout the year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The teacher's of MDS handle separation anxiety in a gentle, caring manner. Children are made to feel welcome and safe right away.