Montessori Discovery School

Facts At A Glance

MDS Facts At a Glance


  • Founded in 1974
  • Accredited by Connecticut Association of Independent Schools
  • Approved by State of Connecticut Department of Education
  • American Montessori Society: full affiliate
  • Montessori Schools of Connecticut: Member
  • Head teachers all Montessori certified
  • Not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Trustees
  • Board members serve for 3 year terms and chair various committees
  • The Head of School manages the day-to-day administration of the school
  • The Board of Trustees governs the school, making broad policy decisions

Educational Approach

  • Classic Montessori Method
  • Focus on whole child: cognitive, social, emotional, physical development
  • Particular emphasis on communication and conflict resolution
  • Mixed age groupings: Toddler program for 18-36 month olds; Primary program 3-6 year olds;
  • Elementary program 6-12 year olds
  • Child is active participant in learning
  • Child chooses own work according to interest and abilities
  • Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration
  • All programs are five days/week

Programs and Activities

  • Half-day and Full-day Programs
  • Before and After-School Programs for MDS students
  • Summer Programs
  • Field trips for elementary students
  • Second language program
  • Gardening and animal-care curriculum
  • Fiber arts curriculum
  • Physical education and recreation
  • Art and music curriculum

Parental Commitment

  • Read school publications
  • Attend 3 Parent/Teacher conferences per school year
  • Support Montessori practices in the home environment
  • Participate in school events and activities
  • Support the growth of the school through referrals of potential students/parents
  • Support MDS Connects and actively participate in one or more “crews”


  • Annual and Monthly payment plans
  • Financial Assistance Available

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Our Mission

Our Montessori Discovery School community nurtures joyful learners who confidently engage their world.