Dearborn Heights Montessori Center At A Glance

DH Montessori Overview
When were we founded?

1972

Who are we and whom do we serve?
DHMC is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit school serving children from 18 months through eighth grade. Classes are mixed-age groups at the following levels:

  • Toddler (18 months-3 years)
  • Early Childhood (3-6 years, including kindergarten)
  • Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3)
  • Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6)
  • Middle School (Grades 7-8)

We provide authentic Montessori educational programs at all levels, as well as full day care, before- and after-school care, after-school enrichment classes, summer day camp, and academic tutoring.

Days and Hours
We loosely follow the Wayne County Common Calendar, with typical holiday breaks, and a nine- or ten-week summer program. Classes meet daily during the following hours:

  • Toddlers: 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Preschool and Half-Day Kindergarten: 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day (full day) Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Elementary and Middle School: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Day care and latchkey programs are available before and after class. The building is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on days school is in session.

Are we a “real” Montessori school?
Yes, we are. You should know, however, that the Montessori name is not patented; it is in the public domain, and there are no restrictions on its use. It is legally possible for a school or child care center to use the name without following Montessori philosophy or practices. As parents, it is important to learn about Montessori philosophy and the elements that comprise an authentic Montessori program. These include, at a minimum:

  • a five-day per week program
  • multi-age classrooms with three-year age spans at the preschool/kindergarten and elementary levels
  • teachers with Montessori training at the levels they are teaching
  • a complete set of Montessori materials in each classroom
  • affiliations with state and national Montessori organizations

Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to choose an authentic Montessori school for your child.

Legalities
DHMC’s toddler, preschool/kindergarten, day care, and latchkey programs are licensed by the Michigan Department of Human Services. Our elementary programs are recognized by the Michigan Department of Education Office of Non-Public Schools.

Memberships & Affiliations
Our toddler, preschool/kindergarten, and day care programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a quality indicator achieved by only 3% of child care programs in Michigan and 8% nationally.

We are affiliated with the American Montessori Society, Michigan Montessori Society, the International Montessori Council, and AIMS, the Association of Independent Michigan Schools.

Goals for our students:

  • Safety— Physical and emotional safety for every child is our first priority
  • Character— We are committed to helping students develop excellent character, which we define very simply as “Doing the right thing when no one is looking.”
  • Outstanding Academics— A curriculum that is in-depth and rigorous ultimately prepares our graduates for admission to their high schools of choice.

What’s next? Where do our graduates attend high school?
Recent graduates are attending the following high schools:

Academy of the Sacred Heart
Bloomfield Hills Andover
Brother Rice
Canton High School
Catholic Central
Cranbrook Kingswood
Crestwood High School
Dearborn High School
Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology
Detroit Country Day
Divine Child
Gabriel Richard Ann Arbor
Gabriel Richard Riverview
Greenhills School
International Academy East
Livonia Stevenson
Mercy High School
Salem High School
University of Detroit Jesuit
University Liggett

A few buzzwords that are associated with DHMC:
Consistent with Montessori philosophy, these are things we teach and/or practice:

  • Respect— for self, for others, for the environment
  • Service— seeing a need, and meeting it
  • Diversity— a lovely mix of students and staff
  • Community— children, families, and staff working together
  • “The Triangle”— an equilateral triangle that represents the interrelationships and necessary balance of student, family, and school. When all contribute equally, the result is a successful student and a solid citizen.

Statement of Non-Discrimination
Dearborn Heights Montessori Center does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of gender, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

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