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a Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School


The Montessori School of Raleigh is the Triangle’s modern embodiment and mindful practice of the time-proven Montessori philosophy,
developing agile thinkers, poised communicators, and gracious collaborators—engineers of authentic and fulfilling lives.

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Asian American Alliance Conference March 2023 at Cary Academy

On Wednesday, March 8, four students and one faculty member from The Montessori School of Raleigh's Upper School attended the Asian American Alliance conference for Asian-identifying students, faculty, and staff at Cary Academy. The conference, inspired by the work of the Asian Educators Alliance (AsEA), and designed and hosted by Cary Academy, had a theme of "Building Bridges Across Communities."

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The Montessori Method

I am often asked by fellow educators who are unfamiliar with the Montessori Method of education,“Why Montessori?” I am delighted whenever I am asked this question because it allows me to share an in-depth explanation as to why I believe the Montessori Method is an amazing option for today’s modern child.

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Alumni Day Jan 2023

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, nine MSR alumni participated in Alumni Day at the Brier Creek Campus. The alumni represented all three of MSR’s high school graduating classes: 2020, 2021, 2022. As part of the day, Middle and Upper School students attended an alumni panel discussion, during which the visiting alumni shared college and life experiences since graduating from MSR.

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LE2 Parrandas Dec 2022

This holiday season, the Interdisciplinary team at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), offered a special cultural experience for students on the school's Lead Mine Campus. MSR Spanish teachers had their elementary students, explore Caribbean holiday traditions. As part of that study, students learned about "las parrandas," a Puerto Rican musical tradition that takes place during the Christmas season.

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Broadening the mind and spirit: real-world experiences

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.      —Maria Montessori

In keeping with Dr. Montessori’s method of teaching and learning, students at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) enjoy hands-on, real-world learning experiences, like field trips and special guests in the classroom, designed to deepen their understanding at every level of their development.

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Heroes as inspiration: Mystery History and Parade of Heroes at MSR

As elementary-age children are looking to find their place in society, they look up to adults and older students to inspire them.  At this stage of development, it is important to ignite curiosity about the world and the child’s place in it by telling stories of heroes and heroines from history, current events, and literature.  When a child hears or reads a story about someone who has shown courage, imagination, ingenuity, or persistence, it inspires the child. Dr. Montessori called this fascination with heroes and heroines, “Hero Worship.”

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First Great Lesson Origins of the Universe LE4 Sept 2022

Elementary-age children are naturally fascinated by the interrelationships of things, ideas, and people. That is why The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) employs the Five Great Lessons developed by Dr. Maria Montessori to set the stage for intellectual, spiritual, and psychological development. Central to the curriculum for students in grades one through three (Lower Elementary), the Great Lessons form a framework for academic studies established through epic stories about:

  • the origins of the Universe
  • the inception of life on Earth
  • the development of human life, culture, and accomplishments
  • the history of language
  • the history of numbers
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Admin Building LMC

Each year faculty and staff nominate a fellow employee to offer the Inspiramus at the start of the next new school year. The Inspiramus is designed to provide inspiration and encouragement as the school community prepares to welcome back MSR's students and families. This year's Inspiramus was delivered by Babe Clawson, Lower Elementary Directress (LE4). In her own words...

Hi, for those of you that don’t know me, my name is Babe Clawson and I want to welcome everyone to the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year here at The Montessori School of Raleigh. This marks the beginning of my thirtieth year at MSR, so to say I love this school is an understatement.

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SummerScape FY23

Time flies when you’re having fun and at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) that’s certainly true this summer as campers enjoyed exploring, discovering, and learning during SummerScape 2022. Educators know that it is important for children to take time off from their regular school-year studies to engage in different kinds of  activities and learning experiences. SummerScape at MSR provides ample opportunities for children ages 15 months through grade 6 to do just that.

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