The Montessori School of Northampton, which currently serves students from toddler through 6th grade, will open the area’s first Montessori middle school program in the fall of 2016.

This spring, the school received a grant to fund a planning year for this project, including hiring a teacher to work with the school, its students and their families to lay the groundwork, providing opportunities for individuals and groups to learn more about a Montessori middle school program and sharing with the community the uniqueness of a Montessori middle school.

Corey Hadden of Asheville, North Carolina, has been hired as the school’s first Montessori middle school teacher.  Corey is a Montessori-trained and experienced middle school teacher and an apprentice trainer on the staff of the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program.  He has many years of experience with Outward Bound as well as work with Mindfulness training.  Susan Swift, Head of School, says:  “We are very excited to have found a teacher with his combination of enthusiasm, training and experience to help us launch our middle school program.”

The middle school program will have a strong base in Montessori education integrated with the unique experience of “going out” into the community. This combination prepares students for the next level of their education by addressing the development of the whole student through a strong academic base, opportunities for self-examination and practical experience in the community.  The teacher’s job is not only to guide the students academically, but also to work with them to help them to find their place within the school community and the greater Northampton community.

The Montessori School of Northampton’s middle school will be the first independent middle school in Northampton, and the only Montessori middle school within a 40-mile radius.

The Montessori School of Northampton is located at 51 Bates Street in Northampton.  It holds accreditation by both AISNE (Association of Independent Schools in New England) and AMS (American Montessori Society), and its preschool is licensed by DEEC (Department of Early Education and Care).  The school will celebrate its 40th year in the fall of 2016.

For more information, call the school at (413) 586-4538 or visit its website at