How to Start a New Montessori School

Everything You Need to Know | taught by Tim Seldin

Course description

Starting a New Montessori School

In response to numerous requests from the community, we have written a new course: How to Start a New World-Class Montessori School.

Anyone who wants to start a new Montessori school or convert an existing child-care center into a Montessori school will find this course invaluable.

This course is designed for people who are just beginning to work on developing a new Montessori school or converting an existing day-care to Montessori. If you are looking to extend an existing school to higher levels or take your existing school to a whole new level of excellence, then your needs would be better served by our Building a World Class Montessori School course.

Note: This is an online course presented at your own pace. This is much more than a simple set of sample documents and check-lists. The experience is built around in-depth video lessons that guide you through the steps in building and sustaining a new Montessori school.  

It requires an investment of approximately 5 hours a week to read the materials, watch the videos, and complete the assignments. Class participation in the discussion forums is essential to truly take advantage of not only the prepared content, but to explore your prospective project, ask questions, and interact with other students.

Additionally, the Montessori Foundation offers a series of optional weekly webinars on Wednesdays at 1 PM East Coast time in the United States. Many of these live sessions make be of interest and value to participants in the course. Questions are encouraged.


To succeed, Montessori schools need to achieve a level of excellence, stability, and wide-spread public appeal, which makes them highly attractive to prospective parents and teachers. So often, though, schools struggle, primarily because they continue to compromise their programs and principles in hope of becoming more attractive to parents.

This course makes the case for courage, conviction, and consistency. The premise is that there is a Montessori way that we can (and must) follow to produce, time and time again, the results that made Montessori schools famous around the world. We will sketch out the specific elements of best practice that can lead your school to greater success in everything it does.

The Montessori Foundation has worked with hundreds of Montessori schools around the world, helping them to clarify their philosophy and develop the highest levels of Montessori curriculum and practice. This course will also provide an incredibly in-depth overview of all of the Montessori Foundation's other courses in Montessori school leadership, along with a host of specific strategies and tools that will help chart the best course for your school's future.

We do not provide a precise syllabus because we customize the course to a large extent to respond to the interests, needs, and concerns of the students enrolled. T

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Montessori Education
  • Why start a Montessori school?
  • What is a World-Class Montessori School?
  • Abundance Thinking
  • The Nine Areas of School Operation
  • Clarity is the Key to Success
  • Prioritizing and sequencing your needs
  • A community of support and inspiration.
  • Legal StructuresYour Business Plan
  • Ownership and Governance
  • The Importance of Environment
  • Facilities
  • Equipping your classroom(s)
  • Curriculum design and systems to record student progress and report it to parents
  • Staffing your school - important principles and ethical issues
  • Administration/School Leadership
  • Marketing and Recruiting - Finding the Perfect Match

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Tim  Seldin
Tim Seldin
President, The Montessori Foundation

Tim Seldin Tim is the President of the Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. He is a noted expert in Montessori education, specializing in school leadership. He is a senior school consultant, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and accreditation specialist. His more than forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland, which was his own alma mater from age two through high school graduation.

Tim was the co-founder and Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and currently also serves as the Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida. He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society.

Tim is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, How to Raise An Amazing Child, The Montessori Waywith Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-class Montessori School, Master Teachers – Model Programs with Jonathan Wolff, Finding the Perfect Match – Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand.

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Course Curriculum

Session V: Facilities
What kind of facilities does your school need?
Initial Investment and Renovation
Costs to establish a new school
Some thoughts about tuition
Financial aid policy1
How many students
Teacher pupil ratio ccma
financial projection
Using passenger vans
Permission for use of photographs for promotional material for the XYZ Montessori School
Sample letter holding family to contract
Compile a SWOT Analysis for Your School
Seldin Making it all add up
Seldin Classroom Design
Kopko Physical Environment ML 2013 May-3
Gallagher campus design
Caldwell 2011 Review lens on outdoor ML
2013 The Montessori Materials
Basic Recommended Montessori Materials Elemenary 2001
Some Words of Advice on Purchasing Materials
Finding the perfect match - staff
What a Montessori teacher
Caldwell 2012 Adult in the Environment ML
Seldin 2010 elementary teachers ML 2010 Jan
How Many Teachers
Free Tuition and Other Teacher Benefits
Don't Sell Montessori - Sell Your Unique School!
Your School's Logo
Marketing Your School
The Total Concept
What Will You Be Selling in Your School?
Sample Full Page Ad The Field School
Montessori Poster Handing the World to Child
Sample Pamphlets
How Your School Can Get its Message Across to the Community
Refining The Marketing Message
Advertising in the Montessori world
A Home For Children - The Montessori Prepared Environment
What Makes a School Montessori?
Communicating the Benefits of Your School's Program
Admissions: Next Steps After a First Visit
Monitoring How New Children Are Settling In
Admissions: Is the Parent a Good Fit? - Part 1
Admissions: Is the Parent a Good Fit - Part 2
Admissions: Is the Parent a Good Fit - Part 3
Building Community: Respond to Concerns Quickly
Enrollment Agreements and Parent-School Covenants 1 -Apple Devices HD (Best Quality)