• How does JMS tuition compare?
    • According to the Parent Aware 2016 Survey that breaks down the hourly rate for childcare centers in Carver County:
      • TODDLER
        • Carver County Average: $12.88 per hour
        • *JMS Average: $8.27 per hour
        • Carver County Average: $10.35 per hour
        • *JMS Average: $8.27 per hour
*JMS tuition is based off a 173-day calendar-school year 
  • Is there a lunch service?
    • JMS does not provide students with lunch. Students are asked to bring their own peanut-free lunch. 

Jonathan Montessori has adopted a peanut and tree nut free policy to ensure the safety of all children and to provide an educational environment that is safe for all children. Parents will be given lists of acceptable foods that may be brought to the school. Products containing peanuts, tree nuts and their oils will not be permitted. Parents are encouraged to contact the school with questions.

  • Is there an advantage to mixed-age classrooms?

    • The older students at JMS serve as both role models and tutors for the younger students. This environment gives older children confidence in their own abilities and self-esteem to be leaders of the classroom. This also gives younger children a clear vision of what is expected of them . 
  • Are Montessori schools religious?
    • The Montessori Philosophy educates children without religious association. Some Montessori schools may be affiliated with a religion, but JMS is secular. JMS prides itself on environments that are extremely diverse and embrace families of all cultures and religions.
  • Does my child need to attend five days a week?
    • Yes.

      At Jonathan Montessori School we believe the benefits of a five-day program are immeasurable! Children love exploring, discovering, experiencing their environment. Doing this takes time.  We live in a such a fast paced world - we want results and mastery immediately in the time frame we want. However, children grow and develop at their own pace. They love to learn by exploring and deeply concentrating on their chosen activities. At JMS we offer them the freedom to repeat those activities without interruption until they master them. The Montessori environment offers quality, purposeful work for children to engage in. Each day they are presented lessons that are age appropriate and will stir within them a love of learning. 

      Being in the classroom for five days, allows the process of learning and discovery to continue more consistently as well as giving them the opportunity to choose many interesting activities and work. A five-day Montessori environment allows the natural pace of a child's learning to happen. Additionally, the more time children spend in the Montessori environment, the more time there is to build strong focus and attention skills as well as longer work cycles.  This development is critical to children's success as they continue on with their schooling. Think about when you are engaged in a project you are enjoying and what it feels like to have it disrupted. 

      Additionally, there are so many activities in a Montessori classroom that no child can possibly complete them all in the school year. Imagine how much more learning can be opened up for a child who doesn’t have her or his attendance limited to a few days a week! The Montessori program is designed to meet each child’s interest at his or her particular age. Missing out on many of these activities simply limits the customized possibilities that a child can enjoy.

  • How many classrooms are there?
    • 1 Toddler Community for ages 18 months - 36 months
    • 2 Primary Classrooms for ages 36 months - Kindergarten
  • Will my child be ready for 1st grade?
    • The JMS Children's House focuses on preparing children for the elementary school experience. Some concepts in Montessori are presented differently, but the concepts are the same. By completing the Kindergarten year in Children's House 3-year cycle, the children develop into curious, self-confident learners who look forward to going to 1st grade. 
  • What is the child/teacher ratio?
    • The State of Minnesota requires that one adult be present for every 10 children. At Jonathan Montessori House of Children we have three adults in a class of 25 children for the best childcare we can provide.

      • Teachers: The first adult is a Montessori trained teacher. A Montessori teacher must possess a special credential from a Montessori Teacher Training College, usually the equivalent of one full school year above and beyond a bachelor’s degree.

      • Assistant Teachers: The second adult at Jonathan Montessori is an Assistant Teacher. Assistant teachers must possess 9 credits of Early Childhood Education and one full-year of experience. We are very fortunate that most of our assistant teachers have degrees and in some cases teaching licenses and/or Montessori training.

      • Aides: An aide is the third adult in the environment at Jonathan Montessori. Although the law does not require any educational training beyond staff development hours, aides at Jonathan Montessori do have college education and in some cases possess Bachelor or Master’s degrees. They may not have concentrated their studies in Early Childhood Education and therefore may not be able to assume responsibility for the group and qualify as an aide rather than an assistant.