MDP Projects

Investing in Long lasting, high-impact Montessori projects 

Stonebrook Montessori


Stonebrook Montessori engages Cleveland’s urban children in high-quality, fully equipped Montessori classroom environments as well as with nature, the neighborhood and each other. The school produces transformative outcomes for children by starting with the very young child and serving the whole family.


A pilot class of 3- and 4-year olds began in March of 2015. By August, Stonebrook opened officially with 3 primaries and 2 elementary classrooms for 95 urban children

ages 3-8.  The second year of expansion in 2016 included 4 primaries and 3 elementary classrooms for 155 children ages 3-9.  The third year of expansion began with 180 children ages 3-10 and added the upper elementary classroom. With the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Stonebrook has enrolled over 200 students through age 11.


Building on a long history of Montessori education, this solid foundation serves early childhood development and shapes children’s learning patterns for life. Classrooms for the 3-6 age group are part of the public charter school and is supported through public and philanthropic dollars. The school intends to grow to serve children up to age 15 by 2023.


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Hershey Montessori Adolescent Community

The Huntsburg Campus of Hershey Montessori School has a working farm, residential house, program barns, bio-shelter and classroom buildings on 97 acres of predominantly wooded land. It is the first farm school model of its kind to fully implement Dr. Montessori's ideas about education for adolescents ages 12 to 18.

Hershey Montessori children come from all over the world and represent a range of socio-economic backgrounds, races, religions and cultures. Because the Hershey Montessori program is tailored to individual developmental needs, students of varying abilities thrive as they learn to live and work together in the community. Parents are welcomed as partners in the ongoing process of preparing their children for life.


Click here to visit Hershey Montessori Adolescent Community's webpage

Montessori High School at University Circle

Montessori High School at University Circle (MHS) was founded in 2007 as an initiative of Montessori Development Partnerships’ (MDP) Project 2012, a concerted effort led by MDP Executive Director David Kahn to develop Montessori programs for adolescents. Because of its world-class array of institutions dedicated to the arts, culture, and education, University Circle was selected as the ideal place for a Montessori high school program.


After a year of planning and development, MHS opened its doors to 37 students in August 2008. At that time, the campus consisted of two houses on the north side of Magnolia Drive in Cleveland’s University Circle district. In 2009, MHS was recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School (IB), and has since offered the IB Diploma option. In 2010, a third house was added on the south side of Magnolia to accommodate steadily expanding enrollment including boarding.


Montessori High School's Board of Directors closed the school in 2018.

AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies


The AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies offers an overview of Montessori’s approach to adolescents within the framework of human development. By exploring Montessori theory in depth for this age group, the participants come to understand the contribution of the third plane as crucial to the development of the individual and will be significantly prepared to aid development during this important time of life.


Participants of the orientation course learn Montessori theory through both lectures and hands-on activities. Throughout the orientation participants experience the art of the seminar, journal writing, and applications of the three-period lesson design (1. presentation, 2. exploration, and 3. student presentation). Analysis of Montessori primary texts emphasize the key tenets of Montessori philosophy.

Beginning in the summer of 2018, the AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies has a new base of operations: Great Work Inc. (GWI) in Denver, CO. GWI will be facilitating the adolescent orientation, including managing the application process, and will be the point of contact for any questions regarding the orientation.


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Whole School Administration


Since 1988, NAMTA has documented best administrative practices and provided professional development to administrators with one principle in mind: Montessori schools, in order to retain authenticity, need administrators who understand operational principles unique to Montessori pedagogy.


Whether the administrator is an administrator of a one classroom Children'’s House or a multi-level school with 500 students, the Administrators Conference addresses the holistic view of operating a school and how to do it. As Montessori schools become more complex, they must integrate all the parts to complete the dynamic community.


Dr. Montessori envisioned successive prepared environments, indoors and outdoors, that encompass the natural and human-built worlds through all academic disciplines from concrete to abstract, from eighteen months to eighteen years. How does such a school remain focused on the organic whole, which is simply children and their needs in contact with the “prepared environment,” and the natural environment? The implementation Montessori Whole-School Management requires not just competent administration, but visionary leadership.


The program allows time for discussion, problem-solving, and creation of the administrators own toolkit. The Whole-School Montessori Handbook and 2007 Supplement are included in your registration. A new handbook supplement for the untrained administrators will be published in 2017. 


Click here to visit NAMTA and learn more about Montessori Whole-School Management (SM)

Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace 


The goal of the Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace (MISP) is to connect the theory and practice of Montessori with the wider field of peace education seeking to nurture human development, specifically through the adolescent’s commitment to peace.


This is accomplished through:

  • An interdisciplinary developmental approach to peace curriculum;

  • Facilitation of key theory discussions on incorporating the Science of Peace into a school-wide mission and curriculum especially at the adolescent level;

  • Workshops in key concept areas of the Science of Peace;

  • Authentic abroad experiences for global engagement based on peace and sustainability applying all courses of study;

  • Supporting structures and coordination for a chapter of the student peace organization Montessori PeaceX; and

  • A bi-annual adolescent summit focused on a pressing global issue, where Montessori youth work side by side experts in developing sustainable solutions, locally and globally.


Click here to visit MISP's webpage




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